The name of this recipe reminds me of the movie “Elf” – strange, I know, but go with me on this. If you’ve seen the movie, remember the part where he sees a dingy New York diner with a sign that reads “World’s Best Cup of Coffee”? With a big smile on his face, Elf bursts into the diner shouting, “Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job everybody!”
I admit I feel a little like that diner in the movie, bragging on my hamburgers, but – trust me – they really are wonderful. They’re juicy and flavorful and I often get requests for the recipe.
The inspiration for these burgers was received years ago from an old Martha Stewart Show. The original recipe used A1 sauce and put a cold pat of butter inside each burger. The butter was a little overkill – even for me in my butter days. Now that we’ve removed butter from our diets (don’t tell Paula Deen), I omit that step.
- 2 lbs. organic ground chuck (I like 85/15 on fat content)
- 1 lb. organic ground round (90/10 fat content)
- 6 large egg yolks (or 8 small yolks)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt
- ¾ teaspoon pepper
- ¾ cup BBQ sauce
- hickory or mesquite smoking chips
- Take a large sheet of aluminum foil and put a few handfuls of smoking chips down the middle. Wrap it up tightly into a long log of sorts. Poke several large holes in the foil.
- Heat all burners of a gas grill on high. Place smoking chips on one burner. Close lid, and allow it to get good and hot and start smoking - about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl and using a large serving fork (not hands as it makes the meat tough), mix together the ground chuck, ground round, egg yolks, garlic powder, salt, pepper and BBQ sauce until well combined.
- When chips are smoking, turn down the other burners to low or medium low, keeping the burner with the smoking chips on high.
- Pat meat into rounds and cook according to your liking. Be careful not to overcook.
- Makes 10-12 burgers.