Judge's Choice Burgers

1 ½ lbs. Kowalski's Certified Akaushi Ground Chuck
- kosher salt and freshly ground Kowalski's Black Peppercorns, to taste
8 slices American cheese (such as Bongard's or Boar's Head brand)
4 brioche buns, split and lightly toasted
- toppings, to taste: shredded Romaine lettuce and Smoky Bacon Aioli (recipe below)
  1. Preheat griddle to high heat.
  2. Using clean hands, press and form beef into 8 thin hamburger patties; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill patties on preheated griddle for 2-3 min. on first side.
  4. Flip patties; top each with 1 slice of cheese.
  5. Cover griddle with a lid or loose piece of foil; melt cheese while burgers finish cooking on second side (2-3 min.).
  6. Serve 2 patties on each toasted bun with toppings to taste.


SMOKY BACON AIOLI: In a small mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup mayonnaise, 4 slices crisply cooked and finely crumbled Kowalski's Bacon, 1 tbsp. Kowalski's Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (from the Produce Department), 3 cloves finely minced garlic, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, 1 tsp. freshly ground Kowalski's Black Peppercorns and ½ tsp. kosher salt. Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. Makes about 1 cup.

Find It!

  • You can also look for pre-portioned balls of Akaushi ground chuck in the Meat Department, ready for smashing!


  • Select a whole-wheat or whole-grain bun for your burger to get a boost of fiber and B vitamins.