Slaw-Tastic Smokey Cheeseburger

George Levinthal


(This is my World Food Championships 2015 qualifying entry and I couldn't be prouder.) Here's everything you want for a picnic rolled up into a delicious burger. The great flavor of smoked meat, the char of the grill, melted cheese, the crunch of a tangy coleslaw, and even a spicy dressing, along with lettuce and tomato, all between a toasted bun. It will be a favorite for picnics and barbeques for years to come. All you need is a cold drink and a group of friends and family to enjoy it with.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Now this is a burger! The ranch slaw, along with the smokey flavors from the chipotle aioli, adds so many layers of flavors and textures, your taste buds will do a happy dance. We toasted our buns with mayo... oh so good. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 3 votes

45 Min
25 Min


  • 1 lb
    each of ground sirloin and ground chuck
  • 1/2 c
    diced red onion
  • 1 tsp
    kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tsp
    fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    ground gumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    mesquite liquid smoke
  • SLAW

  • 1 c
    each of green & purple cabbage, shreddeed
  • 1/2 c
    julienned sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 c
    jicama, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 c
    shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c
    julienned green apple

  • 2 Tbsp
    red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 tsp
    white sugar
  • 1 tsp
    kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    ground celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp
    lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    toasted sesame seeds

  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped chipotle peppers with adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped cilantro

  • 6
    toasted potato rolls
  • 6 slice
    smoked gouda cheese
  • 6
    icegerg lettuce leaves
  • 6 large
    tomato slices, 1/4" thick

How to Make Slaw-Tastic Smokey Cheeseburger


  1. In a large bowl crumble the ground meats and add all the Burger ingredients and combine thoroughly. Don't over mix. Separate the meat into 6 patties, cover and set aside.
  2. Shred and julienne the slaw ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  4. Mix together the aioli ingredients and set refrigerate until needed.
  5. Heat a well greased grill or grill pan on high and put on the patties. Reduce the heat to medium high and cook for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes turn & cook 4 more minutes and check for doneness, about 140 deg. at this point.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low, add 1 slice of cheese to each patty, cover and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until melted. The patty temperature should be at 150 deg. Remove the patties to a warm plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  7. Brush a small amount of olive oil or mayonnaise on both sides of the 6 buns and toast until lightly browned
  8. Whisk the dressing ingredients again, pour over the slaw, a little at a time so and combine thoroughly. Don't over dress.
  9. Divide the lettuce and tomatoes, lettuce first, between the bun bottoms, followed by the burgers. Put some slaw, about a small handful, or more, your preference, on the burgers. You may have some extra for later. Spoon 1 tbsp. of the aioli on each bun top, cover and serve.

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About Slaw-Tastic Smokey Cheeseburger

Course/Dish: Beef Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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