Cheddar Burgers and Crispy Oven Fries
Note: To make burger sauce, mix 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons ketchup, and 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish in a small bowl.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for baking sheet
- 3/4 cup cornflake crumbs (store-bought or crushed from 2 cups cornflakes)
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes (about 3), well scrubbed and cut lengthwise 3/4 inch thick
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
- 1 cup finely grated cheddar (2 ounces)
- 4 hamburger buns, split
- Burger sauce (see note, above)
- Garnishes, such as lettuce, sliced onion, sliced tomato, sliced pickles, ketchup, and mustard
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with oil; set aside.
In a pie plate or shallow bowl, combine cornflake crumbs, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon salt. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with oil to coat. One or two at a time, dip potatoes in crumbs, turning to coat all sides; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake potatoes, turning once, until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven, and season with more salt.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine beef, cheddar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. With a fork, mix very gently to combine. Gently shape meat into 4 patties, each 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick; season with salt and pepper.
Fifteen minutes before potatoes are finished baking, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Place burgers in skillet, and cook until browned on both sides and done to taste (4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare). Serve on hamburger buns with crispy oven fries, Burger Sauce, and desired garnishes.