Los Angeles and California in general are known for having some of the best burger joints and restaurants around. We thought it was fair trade for the rest of us to learn the secrets of the Los Angeles burgers, and find out what makes them so good. Today we will be looming at a classic recipe that will help us form our burgers into a classic Los Angeles style. The Los Angeles Double Cheeseburger.
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 brioche hamburger buns, split
2 pounds ground chuck, shaped into eight 1/4-inch-thick patties
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 slices of cheddar cheese
4 butter lettuce leaves
4 shiso or sesame (perilla) leaves
4 thin slices of tomato
4 thin slices of red onion
How To Make the Los Angeles Double Cheeseburger
In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the sesame seeds.
Heat a large nonstick griddle or 2 nonstick skillets over moderate heat. Butter the cut sides of the hamburger buns and toast them on the griddle until golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter.
Season the patties with salt and pepper. Brush the griddle with the olive oil, add the patties and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Flip the patties and cook for 2 minutes longer, then top each one with a slice of cheddar cheese. Cook just until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute.
Stack 2 burgers on each bun. Top with the lettuce, shiso leaves, tomato and onion. Spread the top halves of the buns with the sesame mayo, close the burgers and serve.
Of course all recipes are open to fine tweaking and personal changes to customize it specifically to your liking! However these guidelines should help you create some burgers that reflect the classic Los Angeles style we were going for.