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Lord of the O-Rings Burger

Lord of the O-Rings Burger


  • 1 ½ lb. ground beef (2 lb. if you prefer 8-oz. burgers)

  • Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup each finely chopped fresh chives, dill, and flat-leaf parsley

  • ¼ cup buttermilk powder

  • 1 ½ tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

  • 1 ½ tsp. (about 1/2 palmful) granulated onion

  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen beer-battered onion rings (I like Nathan’s)

  • 1 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil

  • Sliced yellow American cheese, cheddar, dill Havarti cheese, or pepper Jack (optional)

  • 4 sesame seed buns (I like Big Marty’s)

  • Sliced dill or spicy pickles, chopped iceberg lettuce, and ketchup, for topping


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 425°.

  • Step 2

    In a medium bowl, season the beef with salt and pepper. Mix in the herbs, buttermilk powder, Worcestershire, garlic, and granulated onion. Form into 4 patties (thinner in the centers for even cooking).

  • Step 3

    Bake the onion rings for 3 to 4 minutes longer than the package directions to make them extra crispy. While they’re still hot, season them with salt.

  • Step 4

    Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add the oil, one quick turn of the pan. Add the patties and cook, turning occasionally, for about 8 minutes. Top the patties with the cheese (if using) during the last minute or two of cooking. Tent with foil so the cheese melts.

  • Step 5

    Build the burgers with the bun bottoms, a layer of pickles on each, some chopped lettuce, 3 to 4 onion rings on each, the patties, some ketchup, and the bun tops.