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30-Minute Burger

by Matt Ciampa and Alexis deBoschnek featured in 3-Minute Vs. 30-Minute Vs. 3-Hour Burger


for 4 servings

Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 ½ cups
    water (360 mL)
  • 1 ½ cups
    apple cider vinegar (360 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon
    kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • ¼ teaspoon
    coriander seeds
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Thousand Island Dressing

  • ¾ cup
    mayonnaise (185 g)
  • ¼ cup
    ketchup (60 g)
  • 2 tablespoons
    pickle, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon
    white wine vinegar


  • 2 lb
    ground beef, 80/20 (910 g)
  • 2 teaspoons
    kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon
    freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon
    grapeseed oil
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 sesame buns
  • 1 tomato, sliced, for serving
  • 4 leaves bibb lettuce, for serving
  • french fries, for serving
    Calories 1247
    Fat 79g
    Carbs 52g
    Fiber 2g
    Sugar 14g
    Protein 71g

Estimated values based on one serving size.



  1. Make the pickled red onions: In a small pot, combine the water, apple cider vinegar, salt, sugar, peppercorns, and coriander seeds, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Turn off the heat and add the sliced onion, making sure they are fully submerged. Let cool to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Make the Thousand Island Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, garlic, and vinegar.
  4. In a large bowl, season the ground beef generously with salt and pepper. Use your hands to mix until evenly combined.
  5. Divide the beef into 4 8-ounce portions and form into patties. Place on a cutting board. Use your thumb to press a divot into the center of each burger.
  6. Heat the grapeseed oil in a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat until nearly smoking. Add the burger patties and cook for 3-4 minutes, without disturbing, until browned.
  7. Use a spatula to flip the burgers over and place a slice of cheddar on each one. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, until the burgers are cooked through and cheese has melted.
  8. Place on sesame buns and top with the pickled red onions, Thousand Island Dressing, tomato, and lettuce. Serve with French fries.
  9. Enjoy!