Paradise Pup’s Merkt Cheddar Burger (adapted)

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Another recipe adapted from More Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. I used Cabots cheese as I can’t get Merkt’s. These were really good and will be made again.

Paradise Pups Merkts Cheddar Burger

1 block Merkts Cheddar cheese*
2 lb ground chuck (80% lean)
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 challah bread rolls, or soft bakery buns
Hellman’s Mayonnaise, Hunt’s Ketchup, crinkle-cut sliced pickles, sliced red onion, sliced tomatoes, and lettuce, for serving

Let the cheese sit out for about 2 hours to get soft enough to spread easily.

Preheat a grill or griddle to very hot to get the right char.

Season the meat with salt and pepper. Mix and form 6 balls, then flatten each to a patty.

Grill the burgers for about 3 minutes each side. Do not presss down on the patties while cooking or all the juices will squirt out and dry out the patties. Toast the buns on
the grill. Spread the cheese on top of the patties; then place the top half of the bun on top to adhere with the cheese. Remove from the grill.

Garnish the bottom half of the bun with mayo, ketchup, pickle, red onion, tomato and lettuce.

Have plenty of napkins on hand. Enjoy!

Risa’s notes:

* I can’t get Merkts which is sold in Illinois where Paradise Pup is. I used Cabots cheddar.

Also, I omitted the sliced tomatoes and lettuce garnishes as we didn’t have any.

I didn’t grill them as it was snowing so I used the grill pan.

Serves 6
adapted from More Diners Drive-Ins & Dives by Guy Fieri
Posted by RisaG 12/10/09

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