My editor is obsessed with burgers. Specifically the thin, griddled patties you’d find at old-school diners and burger stands. And so he spent many years perfecting his ideal diner-style burger recipe (with buttery, peppery caramelized onions and oozing American cheese) and unfairly kept it a secret, until I forced it out of him last week. So enjoy and, as he says: β€œplease try not to ruin it with lettuce, tomato, or other frivolous condiments.”

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Coarsely chop 1 sweet onion. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until nice and foamy.

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Add the onions, along with a healthy dose of black pepper. Cook the onions until done, about 15-18 minutes browned. 

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Mmm, these look done. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and set aside.

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With an ice cream scoop, divide 1 pound of ground chuck into 4 loose balls. You're looking to get 4 ounces per burger. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

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Add another tablespoon of butter to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high.

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Place the balls of meat on the skillet and smash them down with a wide metal spatula. Ideally you want to smash them down only once so they seal and get that crust without losing much juice. Let cook for a couple of minutes until you see the top side appear to be almost bleeding.

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Flip the patties. You should see some nice crusting on the top. 

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Place 1 slice of American cheese on top of each patty; cover until melted.

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In another skillet, toast buttered hamburger buns (preferably the squishy unseeded kind) over medium-low heat.

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Once cheese melts, turn off heat and add two heaping tablespoons of cooked onions on top of each patty. Press down with the spatula so they smush into the cheese.

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Spread Thousand Island dressing on the bun tops.

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Place patty on the bottom bun and cover with the top bun. 

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Do NOT taint the griddled burger goodness with lettuce or tomato.

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Dinner is served.

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