It’s National Hamburger Day and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a cast iron hamburger! Honestly, you’re going to spend more time prepping the toppings than actually cooking the burgers. Either way, the end result is absolutely delicious. A little salt and pepper and a nice cast iron sear makes for a mighty fine burger.
Preheat your Stargazer 12-inch cast iron skillet on low for 3-5 minutes before turning the temperature up to medium-high. In a small bowl, mix together the burger sauce ingredients until thoroughly combined and let cool in the fridge until the burgers are ready. Prep whichever toppings you’d like to add to the burgers.
If you’re cooking bacon to put on top of the burgers, prepare that first. Leave some of the bacon grease behind to cook the burgers in, otherwise, add in a tablespoon or so of canola oil. Split the pound of ground beef into 4 balls (note: try to handle the meat as little as possible). Generously coat with salt and pepper and place on the skillet. With a metal spatula, firmly press the burgers into the skillet. Let burgers cook for about 3 minutes before turning over to cook for another 3 minutes (for medium). If you’re adding cheese, remove the skillet from the burner after they’re cooked, add the cheese and cover until the cheese is melted.
Wipe your skillet until mostly clean and place it back on the stove on low-medium heat. Add a liberal amount of mayonnaise to the top and bottom of the brioche buns and place them open side down on the skillet. After 3-5 minutes the buns will be crisped up and ready to go. Add your desired toppings and enjoy!