We’ve shared this one with you, but we think it’s the perfect recipe to bring back – just in time to celebrate Dad! Our own Executive Chef Joe Raiola pulls out all the stops on what he (and everyone who tries it) calls the “Perfect Burger.” This is one that’s sure to impress all, even the grill master this Father’s Day!
Joe’s Perfect BurgerMakes four eight-ounce burgers2 lbs ground beef (preferably prime mix, coarse grind 80/20 chuck)1 whole egg, beaten3 oz. tomato juice1 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. ground black pepper2 tbls. salad oil4 really big, really soft buns of your choice.1 tbl. butter
Break up the ground beef in a bowl, add the egg, tomato juice, salt and pepper.
Mix it all together thoroughly but gently. Portion it into four eight-ounce patties then lay them on a oiled sheet pan. Crisscross with a knife four times in each direction then put them in the fridge for about an hour to let them set. Get your cast-iron skillet, grill or broiler very hot.
Make a well in the center of the burgers on both sides then season with a pinch of kosher salt on both sides. Place them on the heat for about three minutes on each side or just until a crust forms. Flip a few times. It’s OK.
Just before your burgers are ready, butter the buns and toast them only on the buttered side. This will create more contrasts in flavor and texture. Top your burgers with whatever you like. You’re the boss, after all.
Don’t forget – Dads ride free on Father’s Day! You can also treat dad to other Chef Joe favorites at iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill! Take a look at the menu.