The Perfect Burger (aka The Crunch Burger)

1½ pounds ground chuck (80/20)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Canola oil
Thin slices of white American cheese
Thin slices of white cheddar cheese
Sliced beef steak tomatoes
Sliced dill pickles
Sliced red onion
Romaine lettuce
Martin’s seeded soft burger buns
potato chips
6-inch wooden skewers
Dijon mustard
Horseradish mustard

  1. Form the meat into 4 equal-sized patties (6-ounces each) no more than ¾-inch thick. TIP 1 - 80/20 ground chuck is Bobby’s preferred choice for burgers because of the relatively high fat content, guaranteeing a juicy burger.

  2. Using your thumb, make a deep depression in the center of each burger to keep the burger from puffing up and bulging in the center.

  3. Season the outside of the burger liberally with salt and pepper. Do not season the meat mixture itself or add herbs or onions or garlic to it. That is meatloaf. We are making burgers.

  4. Heat a cast iron pan or griddle over high heat until it begins to slightly smoke. Add a few teaspoons of canola oil and put the burgers in the pan or on griddle and do not touch until a crust has formed on the bottom, this will take at least 3 minutes. Once a crust has formed, use a metal spatula and flip over and continue cooking until a crust has formed on the bottom and cooked to desired doneness (MEDIUM) another 4 minutes. DO NOT PRESS ON THE BURGER.

  5. Place 2 slices of cheese on each burger add a few splashes of water and immediately cover the pan tightly and cook until cheese is completely melted, about 30 seconds.

  6. A soft bun with sesame seeds is the way to go. Lightly toast the bun (if desired) and place the burger on the bottom of the bun. Add desired toppings and a few potato chips. Place top of bun on top and place a skewer through the burger.

Bobby Flay

These actually sound like some good burgers minus the chips as a topping. I’d do them outside on the charcoal grill myself. I think I’d put the chips on the side, adding them as a topping seems pretty silly. I had a burger once at Culver’s I wanna say, and they had put fritos on it, I didn’t know it at the time I ordered it. I thought it was a bit gimmicky and silly. It really added nothing to the burger.

I tried putting potato chips on a burger and I was not impressed. All of the Today Show cast were singing praises for Bobby Flay except for Al Roker who does not like sesame seed buns. I think sesame seed buns are great.