What makes my version unique is the addition of Chinese oyster sauce to the hamburger mix. The sauce gives the meat an extra umami, almost sweet taste. Topped with my Tangy Tahini Sauce, this combination is bound to be your next go-to favorite recipe. Of course, we have the classic lettuce, tomato, and onions. I like adding pickled onions for an extra kick. Top your masterpiece with a slice of cheese (gruyere is one of my favorites). Scroll to see how I make my epic burger!
In a large mixing bowl, add your beef and oyster sauce and gently mix with your hands. I find that using a fork or spoon can lead to overmixing, making a tougher burger.
Over a flat top, toast your buns as is or with a smidge of butter or mayo.
Heat your grill, flat top, or cast iron to high heat. Right before it starts to smoke, add your patties, making sure not to overcrowd your surface. This’ll allow grill marks or a solid sear. Cook 60 sec/side for medium-rare or up to 90 sec/side for medium. Salt+pepper your patties at this time! Once you flip, add your cheese so it starts to melt.
Assemble your burger! I add a layer of sauce and lettuce to the bottom half as a “bun blanket” to prevent sogginess. Patty+cheese follow with tomato, pickled onions, more tahini sauce, and top half. Voila- Enjoy!