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Pan Seared Burgers – The “From Away” Burger

Iron skillet pan seared burger patties of perfection? Sold. The From Away Burger. This was a recipe I had to try.

The Pan Seared From Away burger in a red basket with curly fries | Kita Roberts

I am a meatarian any which way you slice it. I’ll enthusiastically take a slab of beef over the worlds most tantalizing desserts every single time. I’m not sure how my parents programmed me to salivate over beef and not over candy but that’s just the way I’m wired – (For all I know I was rewarded for ringing a bell when I was first learning to crawl with jerky) and I get the impression I may not be alone.

So, upon seeing the image of meat being ground to perfection and a tag line stating ‘grinding your own meat is best’ on Foodgawker it wasn’t a stretch to think that I clicked on it instead of the 57 other wonderful photographs featured that day. Iron skillet pan seared patties of perfection? Sold. This was a recipe I had to try. Immediately. (Twist my arm to use my meat grinder – go on, try me).

Image of Steak, cubed meat, meat coming out of grinder | Kita Roberts


But a Pan Seared Burger? What about the grill?

While cooking these burgers, I pondered how blasphemous it was to sear a burger in a pan on a hot summer day with a fresh bag of charcoal less than 20 feet from my kitchen. I had never conceived of the idea of preparing a burger in a pan. Even in the dead of winter, a small path from the back door to the grill is cleared of snow and I am more than happy to freeze my booty off for the wonderful taste of a juicy burger. But, I hid my panic at the thought of all of that fresh beautiful ground meat I had just worked so hard on going to waste and pushed through.

And holy crap am I glad I did. (Can I say holy crap on my blog? screw it, it’s my blog).

Pan seared burger with bites taken out of it | Kita Roberts

Much to my surprise though, these were everything I wanted them to be and more from the pictures and description on the From Away blog. Crisp and succulent, packed with flavor, and gooey with cheese. The kind of burger that has you eating seconds with no time to consider the guilt of over indulging.

This burger takes no prisoners. You’ve been warned.

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And don’t forget to join the Burger Month excitement every year!

The "From Away" Burger in a red basket with curly fries | Kita Roberts

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Yield: 3 Double Cheeseburgers

The “From Away” Burger

The “From Away” Burger

Iron skillet pan seared patties of perfection? Sold. This was a recipe I had to try.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


  • 3 Sesame Hamburger Buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 7 ounces beef sirloin tips
  • 7 ounces beef brisket
  • 7 ounces boneless beef chuck
  • Fresh thyme
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp McCormick Hamburger Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 3 slices American cheese
  • 3 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 3 Slices of red onion
  • Mayonnaise


Prep the Meat

  1. Cut beef into 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a large bowl combine meat, thyme Worcestershire and seasonings; cover with plastic wrap and let mingle in the refrigerator at least one hour.
  3. Before grinding the meat, place the bowl in the freezer, and chill until meat is very cold, but not quite frozen; about 10 minutes (it’s more like 20 to 30 in my freezer).
  4. Make sure all equipment touching the meat is cold.
  5. Toss partially frozen beef in bowl to combine, and push meat through meat grinder using the coarse attachment.
  6. After all meat is ground, grind again; this helps mix the different cuts thoroughly.

Make The Burgers

  1. Quickly and loosely shape ground beef into 6 piles (approximately 3-4 ounces each), and press flat with the back of a spatula. 
  2. Don’t overwork or overshape the meat; you want loose, ragged strands, not a hard-pressed patty.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat until nearly smoking and add the butter.
  4. Season hamburger patties heavily with salt and pepper, and place in the skillet, working in shifts if needed.
  5. When burgers release from pan, flip and add American cheese to three patties, and Cheddar cheese to three patties.
  6. Cover and cook until cheese melts, about two minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and set aside to rest, while you assemble the buns.


  1. Toast your buns while burgers are cooking and smear with the condiments of your choice, in my case, just a bit of mayo.
  2. Add a Cheddar-topped hamburger patty, then an American patty.
  3. Top with onion. 
  4. Eat immediately. Growl a little, if you’d like. (


Adapted From Away (Seriously, go read this post – it’s amazing and you’ll learn a thing or two)

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 902Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 263mgSodium: 1218mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 73g

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Friday 3rd of June 2011

I think I just fell in love with a burger. Wow... that is one hot piece of meat! Delish!


Thursday 2nd of June 2011

Couldn't agree with you more, and that burger looks terrific. My fiancée and I have ground our own chicken, turkey, pork and beef for burgers, and they are always the prime examples of what a burger should be like. Next we hope to get some lamb.




Thursday 2nd of June 2011

GGgggrrrooowwwlll!!!! And that's my tummy going ... :D Pure beef burger. That's the way it should be with no fillers and other crap ... sorry, your blog, my bad.

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Thursday 2nd of June 2011

Your burger basket looks like perfection! I've never made my own patties before, but looking at yours make me want to go buy a meat grinder!


Wednesday 1st of June 2011

Hurray for homemade burgers made from fresh-ground beef! I just made some last weekend using a gorgeous brisket from our neighbourhood butcher, and it's just amazing what a difference fresh-ground beef makes. It's hard to go to McD's after that. :)

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