Classic American Burger

Pair with Bedrock Zinfandel

Yield: 4
Active Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bread-and-butter pickles
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds ground chuck 80/20 blend
  • 4 hamburger buns, preferably brioche, split and toasted
  • 4 pieces of butter lettuce
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4-8 pieces of crisp bacon
  • Sliced avocado


Ketchup Sauce

  • In a medium bowl, mix the ketchup with the mayonnaise, pickles, vinegar, dry mustard, cayenne and Old Bay; season with salt and pepper.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Light grill or preheat a grill pan.
  • In a large bowl, season the chuck with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Gently mix the seasonings into the meat and shape into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.
  • Grill the hamburgers over moderately high heat for about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  • Set the burgers on the buns, top with the ketchup sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheese, bacon and avocado and serve.

* Recipe provided by Chef Jesse McQuarrie of Feast Catering

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