The All-American Burger

the all-american burger

This burger. Is. Ridiculous. (Sorry, I just finished eating one. Out of breath. In need of a nap. Maybe a Coke? Heeeere comes the food coma!)

I was introduced to this monstrosity though the NPR column Sandwich Monday. Given that I’m all about the one-liners and puns, their humorous take on a new sandwich every week is something I look forward to at the start. Some are just foul — I’m looking at you, energy bar sandwich — but from time to time they feature one that piques my interest, despite being a self-proclaimed sandwich hater.

So here we are, The All-American Burger. (This is turning out to be a very patriotic week on the blog, huh?) Not one, but two grilled cheese sandwiches, a burger patty, bacon and sautéed onions (I used shallots). While the original from the Saloon Steakhouse in Chicago features a slick of “chef’s special aioli,” I just couldn’t bring myself to including the same in my version. Guess what? It wasn’t missed — the burger turned out spectacularly greasy even in its absence.

Would you give this a shot — or is it just way too over the top?

The All-American Burger

(inspired by the Saloon Steakhouse, Chicago via NPR)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 1


  • 1 shallot, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 slices Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread¹ or your favorite gluten-free sandwich bread, crust removed
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced mild cheddar or American cheese²
  • 2 thickly cut slices bacon, cooked
  • 1/4 pound ground beef, formed into a patty


Sauté shallot:

In a small, cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt about 1/2 tablespoon of the butter. Sauté shallot until softened and browned in spots. Remove from pan and set aside.

Cook burger:

Cook the burger however you like or as follows: Set the cast iron skillet used to cook the shallots over medium-high heat. Once hot, arrange patty on the pan, cook for 1 – 2 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook for about 2 minutes more³.

Make grilled cheese:

While the burger cooks, make grilled cheese. Set medium-large cast iron skillet or a griddle over medium heat. Spread one side of each bread slice with butter. Onto the hot skillet, place two slices of the bread — buttered side down. Top with cheese and other bread slices (buttered side up). Cook until crispy and browned on the first side, flip and cook — pressing down on sandwiches with the back of a spatula — until bread is crispy and browned and cheese is melted.


Top one grilled cheese sandwich with cooked burger, shallot, bacon and second grilled cheese. Serve immediately!


¹ Available through their online store or at Whole Foods (freezer section), Trader Joe’s, some Target locations and more! To find a store near you click here.

² I don’t usually go for the tinted varieties, but orange cheese is kind of a must here.

³ The inside will be pink. Please note that consuming raw or undercooked beef may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

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