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Dinner Rush! Cheeseburgers with “Secret Sauce”

We’ve all been there: the pounding headache of a hangover, the groggy nausea of an upset tummy, the throbbing rage of a stressful day at work. There are some challenges in life whose only resolution comes from a drive-thru window. Thus, in homage to the holistic powers of fast food condiments, this week’s Dinner Rush! is all about the miracle elixir known only as “secret sauce.”

It’s remarkably easy to bring the quintessential flavor of a fast food burger to your own barbecue. Having earned its acclaim on a stage of two all-beef patties, the sauce is obviously rock star on cheeseburgers, but it could also be used to elevate otherwise drive-thru-aspirational meals such as grilled chicken, steaks or even fish.

So, after all this buildup, prepare to be amazed as I tell you that the secret is to simply take all things otherwise delicious on a burger and mix them together. That’s it. The sauce is really that simple: six ingredients, one euphoric condiment and a lifetime of drive-thru bliss from the convenience of your own backyard.

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Burger Season Is Here

Classic Burger Recipe

Simply put, I love burgers. The promise of a grilled burger compels me to accept invitations to the cookouts of friends who live in distant, inconvenient locations. I check out the burgers on menus wherever I go.  My devotion springs mostly from an attraction to their basic deliciousness, but I also appreciate how much a burger says about the person who made it. They’re adaptable and agreeable, inviting anyone who wants to engage with them to dress them up. Burger season is a celebration of individual taste.

So, when the season approached, I invited food people Ian Knauer (recipe developer) and Sarah Copeland (photographer) to the kitchen. We set out to make ten great burgers. We were not searching for perfection, but instead were seeking the characteristics that make a burger something to love. We wanted to press the boundaries of what a good burger could be. In the process, we stumbled on a few tenets of burger deliciousness over and over. These helped us better understand the obsession in order to tailor it, expand it, refine it, or okay, sometimes to perfect it.

Here is what we kept talking about:

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