Forget traditional spices for these burgers, we use our Ranch Spice Blend to give the meat a unique flavor. Lightly coat the patties with some Dill Pickle Balsamic to add a hint of pickles to every bite.
This recipe works on the grill also but we’re going to show you how to make them on a cast iron skillet for a year round quick delicious dinner. We’re gonna stick to the basics and focus on the burgers themselves, topping choices are totally up to you and the sky is the limit there.
Yield Makes 4 (6-ounce) or 6 (4-ounce) burgers
- 1lb Ground Meat (We prefer 93% Lean Beef but you can use any ground meat of your choice)
- 2 Tbs Ranch Spice Blend
- 2 Tbs Dill Pickle White Balsamic
Adding the dimple in the patties will avoid the problem of the burgers shrinking to half their size and doming up in the middle
- In a large bowl, combine seasoning and ground meat. Work the meat to fully combine the spices evenly into the meat.
- Separate the meat into 4 equal sections and form the patties.
- Make a dimple in the middle of each patty, just use your fingertips to pat the middle of the patties slightly thinner than the outer edge — maybe a quarter of an inch more shallow, at most.
- Rub the patties down with Dill Pickle White Balsamic, you’re looking for a very light coating.
- Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat until you can see it start to smoke slightly. You want the pan hot enough to sear the meat as soon as it hits the pan.
- Cook to desired doneness flipping halfway through, see cooking times below.
Do Not Overcook!
Stovetop burgers are a quick weeknight meal — very quick. Even if you prefer your burgers well-done, burgers will be ready in 10 minutes at the most. Cook any longer and that’s when you wind up with dry, crumbly hockey pucks.
Burger Cooking Times
- Medium-Rare (red in the middle): 6 minutes total
- Medium (pink in the middle): 7 to 8 minutes total
- Medium-Well (a smidge of pink in the middle): 9 minutes total
- Well Done (no pink): 10 minutes total
Double-batch of burgers: If you’re making burgers for a crowd, cook the burgers in batches and cook the burgers to just under the desired doneness level. Transfer the cooked burgers to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 300°F oven while you finish the rest of the batches.
Make sure you toast the buns and layer on your favorite cheese and other toppings.