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I Tried Every Fast Food Burger In America

Two chefs, the most iconic burgers in America. We will use this knowledge to create the greatest homemade burger that there is.

Two chefs, the most iconic burgers in America. We will use this knowledge as power for the PEOPLE, to create the greatest homemade burger that there is.

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INGREDIENTS:


Shake Shack Potato Buns:

  • 3 1/4 cups (487g) all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup (51g) potato flour

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (10g) dry milk powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5g) amylase, (optional)

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (45g) granulated sugar

  • 1 ¾ teaspoon (7g) fine sea salt

  • 1 1/4 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons (300g) 90℉ / 32℃ water

  • 2 ½ teaspoons (10g) instant yeast

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, softened

  • Cooking spray

  • Egg wash (1 large egg whisked with 1 tablespoon of water)

  • Melted unsalted butter, for brushing (optional)

Steak N Shake Burger Blend:

  • 1 pound (450g) T-bone steak

  • 1 pound (450g) boneless short rib

  • 1 pound (450g) chuck roast

In-n-Out Burger Sauce:

  • 2 dill pickles diced

  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter

  • 1 sweet onion, small dice

  • 3/4 cup (175g) mayo

  • 1/2 cup(120g) ketchup

  • 1/4 cup (80g) dijon mustard

  • 1 Tbsp (7g) thinly sliced chives

  • 2 cloves garlic grated

  • 1 Tbsp (14ml) Worcestershire sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Burger Assembly:

  • 1 x Shake Shack Potato Bun

  • 2 x 3 ounce Steak N Shake Burger Patties

  • 2 tablespoon (28g) In-N-Out Burger Sauce

  • 1 x Kosher Dill Pickle, Sliced ¼ inch lengthwise

  • 2 x Kraft Deli Deluxe American Singles

  • ¼ x Sweet Onion, Sliced Thin

INSTRUCTIONS:


Shake Shack Potato Buns:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, evenly combine the flours, dry milk powder, amylase, sugar, and salt.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and yeast until the yeast dissolves. Whisk in the egg until homogenous. With the mixer running on low speed add the yeast mixture and stir for 2-3 minutes or until a rough dough forms.

  3. Add the softened butter and mix for another 2-3 minutes or until the dough is smooth. Place the dough on a clean work surface and form into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour at room temperature or until doubled in size.

  4. Punch down the dough and divide it into 8 even pieces, about 120 grams each. Shape the dough pieces into balls, and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Cover with greased plastic wrap and proof again at room temperature for 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  5. When the dough is almost done rising, preheat the oven to 375℉ / 190℃ .

  6. Brush the tops of the dough with egg wash and bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately brush the tops with melted butter if you would like. Set aside.

Steak N Shake Burger Blend:

  1. Cut the T-bone, short rib, and chuck in even strips.

  2. Using the medium grinding plate on a meat grinder, grind all of the meat 2 times.

  3. Shape patties into 2.5-3oz (70-85g) balls, and reserve for cooking later.

In-N-Out Burger Sauce:

  1. Begin by preheating a small saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Once hot add butter to the pan and let it melt. Once the butter has melted add the diced onion and season lightly with salt.

  3. Allow onions to cook, constantly stirring, until they are caramelized and deep brown in color.

  4. In a medium bowl, add in all the ingredients besides onions and stir until well combined.

  5. Once combined, add in the caramelized onions and stir to combine.

Assembly:

  1. Begin by toasting the bun in a large saute pan set over medium heat with some melted butter.

  2. While the bun is toasting, begin preheating a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

  3. Remove the toasted bun from the pan and place onto a plate. Reduce heat on the griddle to medium.

  4. Place burger balls onto the griddle and smash until a ¼ inch thick. Season with salt to taste and let cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

  5. Flip and top with american cheese. Then place your burger patties on top of each other and allow the cheese to melt.

  6. While the cheese is melting sauce the top and bottom buns, and lay the sliced pickles over the bottom bun.

  7. Add the cooked patties over the pickles and top the burgers with fresh sliced onion. Finish with the top bun, serve, and enjoy.


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