1 1/4 lb ground beef
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp curry powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Plus: hard rolls, Pepper Jack cheese, A1 steak sauce, mushrooms.
1. Combine spices in an old spice container, mix thoroughly. Put the ground beef into a large bowl, and sprinkle evenly with spices & Worcestershire sauce.
2. Mix gently with fork, using upward motions so as not to compress the mix. Carefully shape into 4 neat patties.
3. Warm up skillet on medium-hot flame. Cook burgers about 90-100 seconds each side, flipping only once. They'd better sizzle when they hit the pan, or you're in trouble. When flipped, the burger should be evenly seared dark brown. (Cooking longer with a lower flame will just render out the fat, leaving a tough & dry burger.) Top with plenty of cheese to melt while 2nd side cooks. The properly cooked burger should resemble a steak: seared crust outside, a few traces of pink inside.
4. Serve the burgers in fresh hard rolls, with some steak sauce, & a layer of sliced mushrooms.
This burger is on my menu, just about every week, year round. A very flavorful burger, yet not too spicy, it's "seasoned right".