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Katie Lee Joel's Award-Winning Burger

Katie Lee Joel's Award-Winning Burger

Former Top Chef hostess and cookbook author Katie Lee Joel was crowned this year's queen of the Burger Bash. The event, which was hosted by Rachael Ray, was a part of the Food Network's NYC Wine and Food Festival. Joel was the only participating female among the 18 chefs who submitted burgers. Her burger was a cross between a hamburger and a grilled cheese.

Dubbed the Logan County Hamburger, the burger is a creation of Joel's grandmother who made the burger with cheap ingredients during tough times. It's simple, yet delicious and intensely comforting. The combination of the beef, melted cheese, and crisp bread is perfectly satisfying.

Logan County Hamburgers

Logan County Hamburgers

Logan County Hamburgers

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound ground beef (85 percent lean)
  2. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  3. 1 medium yellow onion, half grated, the other half thinly sliced
  4. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 12 slices white bread
  8. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  9. 12 slices American cheese, optional

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the beef, egg, grated onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined.
  2. Form into thin patties.
  3. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Drain the grease from the skillet.
  5. In the same skillet, place six slices of bread, butter side down. Top each with a slice of cheese, if desired, some onions and a burger. Top with remaining slices of cheese, if using, and bread, butter side up.
  6. Cook each sandwich until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  7. Serve with mustard, ketchup, pickles, or any other desired hamburger toppings.

Makes 6 burgers.


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Gee2963637 Gee2963637 4 years
Life Altering!!!! Doesn't look award worthy, I couldn't disagree more.  Everything you want in a burger that you think you can only get at a fast food spot.  I made mine with Turkey and w/o onions for my daughter on whole wheat bread and it rocked, so I can imagine what it would taste like with beef and decadent white bread!
burningphoenix burningphoenix 8 years
Looks good!
SweetSaucy SweetSaucy 8 years
My fiance worships me as a culinary goddess ever since I made these burgers using Katie Lee Joel's cookbook.
Neural Neural 8 years
Oh yeah and I used red onion instead. :)
Neural Neural 8 years
Mmm... I just made my first batch. I added Worcestershire sauce and used wheat bread and cheddar instead... so delish!!!! Thanks for the recipe, Yum!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Can we add a little bacon to it....if we are going to have a guilty pleasure (and it looks like one) what is a little more tasty fat?
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
:drool: that's really all I can say about that..lol
Food Food 8 years
Amesabelle, there's a "print recipe" option above the picture gallery. :-)
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
my kid would love that
dallastarzz dallastarzz 8 years
Yum someone said Steak and Shake! :) I remember Katie as the hostess of Top Chef Season 1. Padma is better.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
:drool: I have to try this! Now i am starving :)
mjlover mjlover 8 years
looks sooooooo good :)
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
Wow does that make me want to go to Steak & Shake for a patty melt!
Amesabelle Amesabelle 8 years
Is there anyway that Yumsugar could add a 'printable version' option when you post recipes?
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
It looks good but I try to use ground turkey instead of ground beef in my recipes lately.
vitisva vitisva 8 years
I've been making these for months now without having heard of this
bodiezeffa bodiezeffa 8 years
This looks SO good!! I wish I had one (or 3) in front of me right now!
indieglam indieglam 8 years
Oh, this looks amazing. I'm so trying it!
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