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Speedy Scrumptious Burgers

Laura Vitale's Speedy Scrumptious Burgers + Shortcut Crispy Fries
Laura Vitale's Speedy Scrumptious Burgers + Shortcut Crispy FriesNathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
6 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins

Chef notes

This burger delivers all the flavor with no filler. Ditch the breads crumbs and just use really well seasoned beef seared to perfection. It's beyond good! 

Technique tip: Make the patties a little thinner and wider than usual because they will shrink as they cook.

Swap option: Use ground turkey to make these a little lighter or omit the bun for a keto diet-friendly version.


  • 1⅓ pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free steak seasoning
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 4 slices cheese of your choice
  • Sliced tomatoes, lettuce and pickles



In a bowl, mix together the beef, grated onion, garlic, seasoning, salt and Worcestershire. Then form the meat into 4 thin, wide patties. Set them aside.


Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Place the burgers in the skillet and sear for about 3 minutes then flip. Wait a couple minutes,  then add your cheese and finish cooking until the cheese is fully melted.


Mix together the mayo and mustard for a delicious multi-use spread, toast the buns (if you'd like) and assemble the burger with your favorite toppings.