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Cheesy Burgers with Soy-Spiked Ketchup

Cheesy Burgers with Soy-Spiked Ketchup

½ cup ketchup

2 tbsp ketchup

1 ½ tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp hoisin sauce

1 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 ½ tsp ancho chile powder

1 ½ pounds ground beef chuck, preferably 80 or 85 percent lean

½ cup shredded Colby cheese

¼ cup minced red onion

2 tbsp minced Kosher pickles

2 tbsp plain dry bread crumbs

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp Tabasco

Canola oil, for brushing

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

6 potato hamburger buns, split and toasted

Mayonnaise, for serving (optional)

Lettuce, for serving (optional)

Sliced red onion, for serving (optional)

Preparation:

In a medium bowl, whisk ½ cup of the ketchup with the soy sauce, hoisin, lime juice, and ancho chile powder. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the cheese, minced red onion, pickles, bread crumbs, garlic, Tabasco, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of ketchup. Knead gently until thoroughly mixed. Form the meat into six 4-inch patties, about ½ inch thick. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the burgers with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred outside and medium-rare within, about 3 minutes. Spread the cut sides of the buns with mayonnaise. Place lettuce on the buns then top with the burgers. Spread some of the spiked ketchup on the patties and top with sliced onion. Close the burgers and serve, passing additional spiked ketchup at the table. Serves: 6.

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