This roadside double burger is the same roadside double from the iconic Shake Shack. And it has everything you’ve ever wanted in a burger. Two burgers. Swiss cheese. And insanely tender and complex onions simmered in beer and bacon. Thank us later.
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Shake Shack's Roadside Double Burger
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- 30 M
- 1 H, 10 M
- Serves 4
- For the beer-simmered onions
- For the salt and pepper mix
- For the burgers
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the bacon and cook, stirring often, until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes.
Add the onions, butter, and salt and stir until the onions are evenly coated. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring often, until the onions begin to soften and are translucent, 12 to 20 minutes.
Add the ale, vinegar, bay leaf, and star anise. Cook, uncovered and stirring frequently, until the liquid has almost evaporated and the onions are very soft and caramelized, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf and star anise.
In a small bowl, stir together the salt and pepper.
Heat a cast-iron griddle or skillet over medium-low heat until warm, about 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, brush the cut side of the buns with the melted butter. Place the buns, buttered side down, on the griddle or skillet and toast until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the buns to a plate and spread 2 teaspoons mustard on the buttered top of each bun.
Wipe off the griddle or skillet. Increase the heat to medium and heat it until hot, 2 to 3 minutes.
Sprinkle a pinch of the salt and pepper mix on each burger.
Place the burgers on the griddle or skillet, seasoned side down. Using 1 large, sturdy spatula to very firmly smash each burger into a 1/3-inch-thick (8-mm) round. Press down on the spatula with another stiff spatula to help flatten the burger quickly. Evenly sprinkle another big pinch of the salt and pepper mix on each burger.
Cook the burgers, resisting the urge to fuss with them, until the bottom edges are brown and crisp and the juices on the surface are bubbling hot, 2 to 4 minutes. Slide 1 of the spatulas beneath the burger to release it and scrape up the caramelized browned crust. Use the other spatula to steady the burger and keep it from sliding as you carefully flip each burger.
Place a slice of cheese on each burger and cook to your desired doneness, about 1 minute more for medium doneness.
Transfer the cheeseburgers to the prepared buns, and top with 2 to 3 tablespoons of onions. Devour immediately.
Recipe Testers' Tips
Sometimes you just need a ridiculously large, over-the-top burger. This was one of those times. And this roadside double burger satisfied the craving perfectly. It’s a seriously large burger and there was no way any of us could finish it, but every bite we had was so unbelievably delicious. Do. Not. Skip. The. Onions. They absolutely complete the dish.
Though really, a single patty would probably have been plenty.
The only thing I would change is to mix the salt and pepper into the beef instead of sprinkling over the top. I found that with a double stacked patty, it was noticeable that the seasoning wasn't even throughout.
We LOVED these burgers! With every bite I kept saying “OMG, these are delicious!” with the occasional variation of, “These are amazing!” My husband was equally as impressed. I would have rated these a 12 if I could have.
These burgers are a symphony of flavors. There is the richness of the complex bacon and beer-simmered onions, which get acidity from the balsamic vinegar and spice from the star anise and bay leaf. And, yes, there is richness from the long-cooked bacon and onions. The tang of the Dijon. The nuttiness of the Swiss cheese. The flavor of quality ground beef and its fat. The crunchiness on the surface from the meat being compressed onto the hot cast iron griddle. (Make sure that you scrape up all of the crunch that may stick to the griddle.) I have spent most of today eagerly awaiting being able to eat the leftover burger tonight.
I used a local artisan beer, Anchor Steam which, like our car, is a hybrid. It has yeast traditionally used in lager beers, but it is brewed like an ale.
I used brioche hamburger buns, my favorite bun for a burger.
I used 80/20 organic beef, which we get from a local butcher when we are up on the North Coast. We are very fond of the flavor of this meat, and are very particular, not wanting to use anything else. Sometimes you just have special ingredients that you stick with.
We like our burgers cooked medium rare, so we cooked these burgers for a little less than 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the second side.
The recipe, indeed, would make 4 servings. I, however, used only 1 pound of ground beef, making 4 burgers, not 8. I did make the whole recipe for the Bacon and Beer-Simmered Onions. How could I not?
This is truly a damn good burger. I can’t imagine a way to improve anything about it. I have a list of “Best Burgers” in many cities. This one should be listed where we live. I have now filed away the list for where we live. If we’re going to go out, it will be for something that I can’t do better at home.
I thought this recipe worked well, the bacon and beer gave the onions a new dimension (whereas normally I would just have fried the onions). I would be happy to have this recipe again with the leftover beer.
The meat I used was 5% fat and I pressed the burgers as flat as I could by hand, although they were still thicker than bought ones.