Reprinted from “Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories” by Randy Garutti & Mark Rosati, with an introduction by Danny Meyer. Copyright © 2017 by Shake Shack Enterprises, LLC. Photographs by Christopher Hersheimer and Melissa Hamilton. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Okay, here’s our sacred cow – our version of the great American cheeseburger! Like all deceptively simple things, it took us years to get it right, but now you can master burger perfection in five minutes.
4 hamburger potato buns
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 tablespoons Not Quite Our Shack-Sauce
4 pieces green leaf lettuce
8 ¼-inch slices ripe plum tomato
1 pound very cold ground beef, divided into 4 pucks
½ teaspoon Our Salt & Pepper Mix
4 slices American cheese
- Heat a cast-iron griddle over medium-low heat until warm. Meanwhile, open the hamburger buns and brush the insides with the melted butter. A soft brush is helpful here. Place the buns buttered side down on the griddle and toast until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer buns to a plate. Spoon the sauce onto the top bun. Add a piece of the lettuce and two slices of tomato.
- Increase the heat to medium and heat the griddle until hot, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Evenly sprinkle a pinch of Our Salt & Pepper Mix on top of each puck of meat.
- Place the pucks on the griddle, seasoned side down. Using a large, sturdy metal spatula, firmly smash each puck into a 1/3-inch-thick round patty. Pressing down on the spatula with another stiff spatula helps flatten the burger quickly. Evenly sprinkle another big pinch of Our Salt & Pepper Mix.
- Cook the burgers, resisting the urge to move them, until the edges beneath are brown and crisp, and juices on the surface are bubbling hot, about 2½ minutes. Slide one of the spatulas beneath the burger to release it from the griddle and scrape up the caramelized browned crust. Use the other spatula to steady the burger and keep it from sliding. Flip the burgers. Put the cheese on top and cook the burgers 1 minute longer for medium. Cook more or less depending on your preference.
- Transfer the cheeseburgers to the prepared buns and enjoy.
OUR SALT & PEPPER MIX
We mix ½ cup kosher salt with ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper and use that mixture to season our burgers as they cook. You’ll see we call for a pinch or two of the mixture in every recipe.
MAKES ABOUT 1/2 CUP
Long ago we threw away the key to the secret recipe for ShackSauce; but we promise to get you really close with ingredients easily found in your kitchen.
½ cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon Heinz ketchup
¼ teaspoon kosher dill pickling brine
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories is the first-ever cookbook from restauranteur Danny Meyer’s beloved modern-day “roadside” burger stand, which rose from humble beginnings as a hot dog cart in New York City to become a restaurant that now has 130 Shacks and counting.
In Shake Shack, CEO Randy Garutti and culinary director Mark Rosati offer and insider peek into what has made Shake Shack so special, the people, the places and the business lessons learned along the way. They share the recipes, history and inner workings of one of the most beloved brands in the world. Each chapter focuses on a main menu item, including burgers, fries, shakes, and hot dogs, as well as how to make your own ShakeBurger and local Shack favorites unique to certain locations.
Produced and edited by Dorothy Kalins, the book delivers 70 recipes and 200 fun photos, and also features clever hack infographics, Shack facts, trivia and limited edition burger recipes from some of the country’s favorite chefs. Finally, home cooks can bring recipes from their favorite burger-and-shake stand into their homes.