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Smoky Thousand Island Dressing

1 Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.


1 Prepare grill for medium-high heat cooking, approximately 400°F.
2 Form ground beef into 8 thin patties and season both sides liberally with salt and pepper. Grill patties for 4–5 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
3 Spread Smoky Thousand Island Dressing on the eight bottom buns. Top four of the bottom buns with a slice of cheese and shredded lettuce, followed by a burger patty and another bottom bun. Add pickles, onions, additional shredded lettuce, a second burger patty, and a top bun. Serve immediately.
Cooking for 4 people



  • ground beef (preferably an 80/20 blend)
    2 lb.
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • iceberg lettuce (core removed and finely shredded)
    0.5 head
  • sharp cheddar cheese
    4 slices
  • bread and butter pickle slices
  • large red onion (diced)
  • Smoky Thousand Island Dressing (recipe follows)
  • hamburger buns

Smoky Thousand Island Dressing

  • mayonnaise
    0.5 cup
  • chili sauce
    2 tbsp.
  • white vinegar
    1 tsp.
  • pickle relish
    2 tsp.
  • smoked paprika
    1 tsp.
  • prepared horseradish
    0.5 tbsp.
  • Worcestershire sauce
    0.5 tsp.
  • onion powder
    0.5 tsp.
  • garlic powder
    0.5 tsp.

Credit: Clint Cantwell

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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