Don't serve another basic burger at your next cookout. Up the flavor ante by doubling the beef patties and using this signature smoky, spicy tomato relish.
For the smoked ketchup:
Preheat smoker to 200 degrees. Pour the ketchup into a heat-proof shallow dish.
Place the dish on the top rack of your smoker and smoke for 2 hours. Stir a couple times during the smoking.
For the smoky tomato relish:
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
For the burgers:1.
Heat the grill to medium-high heat.2.
Season burger liberally with kosher salt and black pepper.3.
Place the burgers on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. When the first red juices start to come out of the top of the burger, place one piece of cheese on top of each patty.4.
When corners of cheese just start to turn down, pull the burgers off of the grill and let rest.5.
Butter the top and bottom of the buns and toast on the grill to warm (don't do this ahead or the bread may dry out).6.
Place a small handful of iceberg lettuce and a couple pickle slices on each bottom bun, top with cheese-covered beef patties followed by the smoky tomato relish. Dress the top bun with mayonnaise and serve the burgers.