If you have been to New York you have probably tried the famous Shake Shack and its equally famous shack burger.
This summer I was lucky enough to try the shack burger and became instantly hooked! Back home I tried to create many american-style burgers, but none came even close. As often happens I took it to google and actually found a guy who dedicates his life to cooking and burgers more specifically, and actually went out to find this recipe. Kenji Lopéz-Alt writes the Burger Lab features, providing loads of recipes for amazing burgers (yes I want to work for them too) which is part of Serious Eats, an amazing website for anyone who loves food (if you’re travelling anywhere in the States make sure you check their recommendations before leaving).
Like him I am a huge fan of the burger, especially its sauce. It’s mayo based, but it’s sweet, sour and smoky at the same time. This guy actually asked the people at Shake Shack and they gave him the recipe. So, I present you, the recipe to one of the best burgers ever! (and I have tried many..)
You will need, for the sauce:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 4 slices of pickle (yes you heard it right…if you don’t have this replace it with some pickle relish like Branston).
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Pinch cayenne pepper, or some chilli sauce you might have.
And for the burger:
- Half a kilo of good quality beef mince (this is no time for Tesco value).
- Your choice of buns (white with no seeds will make it more authentic).
- Cheap-looks-like-plastic-american-style cheese (and here Tesco value is your friend).
- Tomato, sliced
- Salt & Pepper
Start by forming the patties into smallish but thick round disks. Put them in the fridge while you prepare the buns.