We love Skillet Burgers! The burgers hit the hot pan and start to sizzle. The fat comes out and instead of it dripping down into your grill, gone forever, it settles around the burger, cooking it in its own lovely juices. A delicious crispy crust forms making the burgers melt in your mouth amazing!
Grill vs. Skillet
We love burgers in this house! And where I’m from in Wisconsin, there is no such thing as a “hamburger,” it’s more like “what kind of cheese would you like on that?” Burgers have their place on the summer grill, but sometimes, especially in the winter, we switch over to a cast iron skillet. The skillet method actually gives you quite a different product than a burger off the grill, it’s almost like apples to oranges. This is the way a lot of restaurants cook burgers, diner-style, on a huge flattop grill, whether it’s medium rare or well done, it stays juicy!
Especially on cold winter days, stay inside and get your cast iron skillet nice and hot. Add your burgers to sear on the first side, about 5 to 6 minutes but use your judgement, depending on how rare or well done you like them. Flip them, and add your onions down into the grease along the sides of the burgers, and put your slices of cheese on right away, the more time to melt the better.
I like a medium rare burger, but a lot of people like it more done than that. With the skillet method, your well done burger will not be a dried out hockey puck! In the skillet that just doesn’t happen, even well done – no pink – is as juicy as ever. If there’s room, tuck the buns down in the pan and let them toast in the burger grease, or toast them in the oven. The cheese and onions can be condiment enough, but top it with your usual suspects ~ lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, avocado, whatever you like!
Cleaning A Cast Iron Skillet
And now that you have a dirty skillet on your stovetop, with caked on greasy onions and crusty cheese, find out how to CLEAN Your Cast Iron Skillet, HERE!
More Favorite Dinners!
- Bacon Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
- Simple Roasted Salmon
- Italian Subs with Giardiniera
- Roasted Veggie Flatbread Pizza
- Simply Perfect Beef Roast
- Mom’s Homemade Spaghetti
- 1 to 1½ lb ground beef
- 1 t whole grain dijon mustard
- 2 t Worcestershire sauce
- ½ t kosher salt
- 8 grinds fresh black pepper
- ½ onion sliced
- cheese sliced
- lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, avocado, etc, (optional)
- In a large bowl, lightly mix beef, dijon, Worcestershire, salt and pepper and form into 4 patties, adjust your beef amount if you are serving more or less people
- Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium to medium high heat, sear the burgers about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Really use your judgement here, depending on how rare or well done you like them and how big you made them. Immediately after flipping, add onions to the grease around the burgers, season with a pinch of salt and toss them around a bit, and top with cheese to allow plenty of time to melt
- Toast buns in the same skillet or in a warm oven. When burgers are cooked to desired doneness and cheese is melted, assemble with your favorite toppings and serve!