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Cast-Iron Burgers

These top-rated cast-iron burgers prove that you don't have to own a grill to enjoy juicy, amazingly flavorful hamburgers.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2009

  • Yield: 4 burgers (serving size: 1 burger)


  • Patties:
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Horseradish spread:
  • 1 tablespoon canola mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • Relish:
  • 2 applewood-smoked bacon slices, chopped
  • 3 cups vertically sliced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls
  • 4 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce


1. To prepare the patties, divide beef into 4 portions, lightly shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Sprinkle evenly with salt. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

2. To prepare horseradish spread, combine mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients (through ketchup) in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. To prepare relish, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 15 minutes or until golden brown. Combine bacon, onion mixture, chives, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper in a small bowl.

4. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons horseradish spread on cut sides of each bun half. Top bottom half of each bun with 1 patty, 1/4 cup relish, 1 tomato slice, 1/4 cup lettuce, and top half of bun.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 351
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Protein: 29.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 32.7g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg
  • Iron: 3.7mg
  • Sodium: 788mg
  • Calcium: 91mg

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