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Shake Shack's Classic Cheeseburger

We have eaten so much Shake Shack over the years and there's a very good reason: It's addictively delicious!

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 20 minutes
    •    Cook time: 10 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


For the shack sauce:

    •    1 tsp Heinz ketchup
    •    1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    •    Pinch cayenne pepper
    •    ¼ tsp kosher dill pickle brine
    •    ½ cup hellman's mayonnaise

For the shack burgers:

    •    shack sauce
    •    4 slices American cheese
    •    4 hamburger potato buns
    •    4 pieces green-leaf lettuce
    •    4 tbsps unsalted butter, melted
    •    eight ¼-inch slices plum tomatoes
    •    kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    •    1 pound cold ground beef, formed into four 1-inch-thick pucks


  1. Make the ShackSauce: In a small bowl, stir all of the sauce ingredients until smooth, then set aside.

  2. Make the ShackBurgers: Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, open the hamburger buns and brush both sides liberally with the melted butter. Working in 2 batches, place the buns onto the heated skillet, buttered-sides down, and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce on each top bun, along with a piece of lettuce and 2 slices of tomato.

  3. Increase the heat to medium and let the pan heat up for 2 to 3 minutes. On a plate, season both sides of each puck of ground beef with salt and pepper.

  4. Place the pucks into the cast-iron skillet, leaving plenty of room between them. Using a large, sturdy metal spatula, firmly smash each puck into a ⅓-inch-thick round patty. Cook the burgers without touching them until the edges are brown and crisp, 2½ minutes, then flip them. Place a slice of American cheese on each burger and continue to cook until medium, 1 minute more.

  5. Transfer a cheeseburger to each bottom bun, then sandwich with the top bun and lettuce and tomato, and serve.

This great family recipe is thanks to Tasting Table Recipes at


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