Prep Time: 10mins / Cook Time: 15 mins

Serves 4

Ingredients

1kg (2 pounds) coarse minced chuck
1 ½ tsp Cape Herb & Spice Sea Salt
1 tsp of freshly crackedCape Herb & Spice Extra Bold Peppercorn
2 tbsp of beer
1 small onion diced into fine pieces
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1/2-teaspoon thyme dry or fresh
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
4 slices Cheddar cheese (optional)
4 hamburger buns, split; toasted, if desired

Preparation

Put meat into bowl and mix in mustard, onion, beer, thyme and melted butter. Next, divide the meat into 4 equal portions. Roll each into a ball between your palms. Then smash each ball loosely into a 1-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.

IF USING A GRILL: Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with the oil. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef and 5 minutes for turkey. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness.

IF USING A GRILL PAN: Heat a grill pan over high heat on top of the stove. Cook the burgers as for a grill, above.

IF USING A SAUTE PAN OR GRIDDLE (PREFERABLY CAST IRON): Heat the oil in the pan or griddle over high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Cook the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef and 5 minutes for turkey. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness.

IMPORTANT:Never press the burger with the spatula. You will only squeeze out the juices. Serve: Sandwich the hot burgers between the buns and serve immediately with condiments like mayo, sliced tomatoes, jpickles, onion, lettuce and mustard.