Papa Burger

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 07, 2022
When whipping up something for Father’s Day or the Fourth of July, I go big and tall with this fully loaded, juicy yumburger. —Chase Bailey, Costa Mesa, California


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground bison
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 slice whole wheat or white bread, broken into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hamburger or steak seasoning
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 onion hamburger buns, split
  • 4 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
  • 1/3 cup prepared Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 4 slices process American cheese
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 1 large heirloom tomato, sliced


  1. Combine first 9 ingredients; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick patties. Press patties into flour to lightly coat both sides.
  2. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook burgers over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°, 4-5 minutes per side. Layer bun bottoms with salad dressing, lettuce, burgers, cheese, onion and tomato slices. Replace bun tops.

Nutrition Facts

1 burger: 546 calories, 28g fat (10g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 976mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.