Burger Queen

I have the reputation in my home for making delicious burgers. A couple of years ago I made my son Hunter a burger that when he took a bite he proclaimed that it was the best burger he’s ever eaten.  Hunter even asked that I remake that burger for his birthday dinner last year.  When I made this next burger, after a bite, Hunter said that the burger was really good, which since he’s a teenage boy, compliments about food typically aren’t given, so when I do get a compliment I know it must be really really good!

The recipe comes from:

Ka-Pow!  The recipe tagged was for Pastrami Burger.

To start with I made thousand island dressing, though a store bought dressing could also be used if you are short on time or really don’t feel like making a dressing. I mixed and set it aside.

Next I made my burger patties. I mixed ground beef with salt and pepper.

I then formed the meat into patties.

I melted butter in my cast iron skillet.

Then I placed the patties in the skillet and let them cook for 4 minutes.


I flipped, placed gruyere cheese on the patties and covered the skillet with a lid and cooked until the cheese melted. (This way of melting cheese also works particularly well when making grilled cheese sandwiches BTW)

As the burgers cooked I spread thousand island dressing on the bottom of a bun and topped with shredded lettuce.

When the cheese had melted I placed the patties on top of the lettuce and topped the patty with a few slices of pastrami and the top bun.

How did it taste? As Hunter already stated the burgers were really good.  For the patty being so simple (ground beef with only salt and pepper) I was surprised at how much I liked this burger.  I think the simplicity of the patty allowed the pastrami to really shine.  I would have never thought of placing pastrami on a burger before but it works really well and I have to say I prefer it over bacon.  Pastrami burger is a thing, a delicious thing!

Pastrami Burger
  1. 1 lb lean ground beef
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. ½ tsp pepper
  4. 1 TB butter
  5. 4 slices gruyere cheese
  6. 4 burger buns
  7. ¼ cup thousand dressing, store bought or homemade (recipe below)
  8. Shredded lettuce
  9. ½ pound pastrami slices
  1. Mix the ground beef with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 equal portions and form a patty from each portion.
  2. Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. When butter is melted add the patties and cook for 4 minutes then flip and top the patties with a slice of cheese each. Cover the skillet and cook the patties until the cheese is melted.
  3. To build the burger take the bottom buns and spread with 1 TB of the thousand island dressing each. Top each with shredded lettuce, then a patty, a few slices of pastrami and the top bun.
  1. serves 4
Adapted from The Burger: An Action-Packed Tasty Adventure
Adapted from The Burger: An Action-Packed Tasty Adventure
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Thousand Island Dressing
  1. 1/8 tsp minced garlic
  2. 1/8 tsp salt
  3. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  4. 1 TB sriracha sauce
  5. 3/4 TB ketchup
  6. 1 tsp minced pickle
  7. 1/4 hard boiled egg, chopped
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Can be refrigerated up to 2 days.
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