Ultimate Chili Cheeseburger

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3 RECIPES IN ONE! Why eat fast food burgers when you can eat this? It's tender, fresh, juicy, and delicious. Better than anything fast food you'll ever taste. Where I live in NC, if you order them all-the-way, this is how they come. Good ones are getting extremely hard to find, though, so after years of searching and experimenting, this is as good as it gets! Adding a panade (a paste of bread and milk) to the ground beef creates burgers that are juicy and tender even when well-done.

"I used to get an "all the way" burger as a kid when we visited my grandparents in Elizabethtown NC at a little place called Melvins. It was the best burger I ever had. These are incredibly close and clearly the best burger I've ever made. If you've never had a "carolina style" burger, just try it as written up here....your mouth with thank you!"

- swibirun

Ingredients

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1 large slice sandwich bread; (crust removed and discarded, bread chopped into1/4-inch pieces, about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons Whole Milk
3/4 teaspoon table salt
3/4 teaspoon Black Pepper; ground
1 medium clove garlic; minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
2 teaspoons steak sauce; such as A-1
2 tablespoons Bacon grease
1 1/2 pounds lean ground chuck; 80 percent lean
Vegetable; oil for cooking grate
6 ounces cheese; sliced, American or cheddar
4 hamburger buns or rolls
A&W Chili; (recipe follows)
Creamy Coleslaw; (recipe follows)
onions; Diced
Mustard
A&W CHILI
2/3 cup Onion; finely chopped
1 pound Ground beef
1/3 cup White vinegar
1/3 cup Sugar
2/3 tablespoon Salt
1 1/3 tablespoon Celery salt
2 ounces tomato puree
1 1/3 tablespoon Chili powder
1 teaspoon Pepper
CREAMY COLESLAW
1 pound green cabbage; (about 1/2 medium head), thinly shredded
1 large carrot; peeled and grated
2 teaspoons kosher salt; or 1 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon Sugar
1/2 small Onion; minced
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Rice wine vinegar
Black Pepper; ground

Original recipe makes 4

Servings  

Preparation

1. Turn all burners to high, close lid, and heat until very hot, about 15 minutes. Use grill brush to scrape cooking grate clean. Lightly dip wad of paper towels in vegetable oil; holding wad with tongs, wipe cooking grate. Leave primary burner on high, turn other burner(s) to low.

2. Meanwhile, mash bread and milk in large bowl with fork until homogeneous (you should have about 1/4 cup). Stir in salt, pepper, garlic, steak sauce, and reserved bacon fat; mix until thoroughly blended.

3. Break up beef into small pieces over bread mixture. Using fork or hands, lightly mix together until mixture forms cohesive mass. Divide meat into 4 equal portions. Gently toss one portion of meat back and forth between hands to form loose ball. Gently flatten into 3/4-inch-thick patty that measures about 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Press center of patty down with fingertips until it is about 1/2 inch thick, creating a slight depression in each patty. Repeat with remaining portions of meat.

4. Lightly dip wad of paper towels in vegetable oil; holding wad with tongs, wipe cooking grate. Grill burgers on hot side of grill, covered, until well seared on first side, 2 to 4 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, flip burgers and continue grilling, about 3 minutes for medium-well or 4 minutes for well-done. Distribute equal portions of cheese on burgers about 2 minutes before they reach desired doneness, covering burgers with disposable aluminum pan to melt cheese. While burgers grill, toast buns on cooler side of grill, rotating buns as necessary to toast evenly. Serve burgers on toasted buns. Build your burger in the following order:

Bottom of Bun

Cheeseburger

Diced Onions

A&W Chili

Creamy Coleslaw

Mustard

Top of Bun

-= Instructions for A&W Chili =-

Add 1 tablespoon canola/vegetable oil to a saucepan, add the onion and saute' 3-4 minutes over medium heat until translucent, then add the hamburger and cook until well done. Drain grease from saucepan, then add remaining ingredients and simmer, stirring often, until desired consistency.

-= Instructions for Creamy Coleslaw =-

1. Toss cabbage and carrots with salt in colander set over medium bowl. Let stand until cabbage wilts, at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

2. Dump wilted cabbage and carrots into the bowl. Rinse thoroughly in cold water (ice water if serving slaw immediately). Pour vegetables back into colander, pressing, but not squeezing on them to drain. Pat dry with paper towels. (Can be stored in a zipper-lock bag and refrigerated overnight.)

3. Pour cabbage and carrots back again into bowl. Add onions, mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar; toss to coat. Season with pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

The cheeseburgers and coleslaw are adapted from cooksillustrated.com, and the chili from topsecretrecipes.com. Slight changes have been made to suit my own tastes.

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cadz 12 months ago
Terrific recipe! I have to agree with swibirun's review of this recipe --- this was one of the best burgers I've ever made and more than worth the effort to prepare all the ingredients. This will definitely be a favorite.
Skeeter77 1 year ago
Added chili powder, cumin, and oregano to the chili to give it a kick. My husband said its his favorite meal that I've ever made
Jnp809 1 year ago
It is nice
Tillyandme 1 year ago
Very delightful I would try this.
awesomecook360 2 years ago
That was an awesome burger. I will reduce the amount of Salt and Celery Salt in the Chili next time. Everything else was amazing.
sshelto 2 years ago
This was a good one but I kind of messed up the steps!
bluent12 3 years ago
I used to get an 'all the way' burger as a kid when we visited my grandparents in Elizabethtown NC at a little place called Melvins. It was the best burger I ever had. These are incredibly close and clearly the best burger I've ever made. If you've never had a 'carolina style' burger, just try it as written up here....your mouth with thank you!
swibirun 6 years ago
The cheeseburgers and coleslaw are adapted from cooksillustrated.com, and the chili from topsecretrecipes.com. Slight changes have been made to suit my own tastes.
stiches 6 years ago
The cheeseburgers and coleslaw are adapted from cooksillustrated.com, and the chili from topsecretrecipes.com. Slight changes have been made to suit my own tastes. [I posted this recipe.]
roketJsquerl 7 years ago
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