The Perfect Hamburger

Fabio confronts the recipe that sank him on the popular series, Top Chef Masters and dishes about why he lost. The result? He makes the most delicious hamburger ever now for you! You win!


  • Ground beef and short ribs together will deepen the flavor in your burger.

  • DON'T OVERSEASON YOUR BURGER! The only seasoning you need is salt and pepper.

  • Grill at a high heat and let sear on each side. Don't touch the burger once you have it on the grill. Perfect burgers should be simple and left alone.

  • Make your burger in this way and you will have a better chance than Fabio at winning Top Chef!

Recipe by Fabio Viviani

Yields: 3 burgers


1 lb. ground beef
8 oz. short rib meat, ground
3 potato burger buns
3 cheddar cheese slices
1 large tomato
1 large red onion
1 head butter lettuce
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. ketchup
salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, combine the ground beef and ground short rib, mix well.

Form three 8 oz. burgers patties.

Season each side of the burgers with salt and cracked pepper to taste.

Heat olive oil on grill pan, then start to cook the burgers for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Separately on the grill pan, grill onion slices until they are caramelized.

When the burgers are almost done, place a slice of cheese on each patty to allow the cheese to melt.

Once they are cooked, remove burgers from the pan and set aside and let rest for 2 minutes so the juice will redistribute into the meat.

While the burgers rest, grill the bread face down on the same grill until toasted on each side.

Spread a little mayo on the bread, top with the burger, lettuce and finish with ketchup.


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