Perfectly Grilled Burger with Chipotle Aioli

A moist, juicy burger deserves all the limelight, and the best way to accentuate it is with an elevated, restaurant-quality sauce: a good ol’ aioli. The tangy and garlicky aioli pairs perfectly with hot patty fresh off the grill.

Thank you Kasim Hardaway —culinary photographer, recipe developer and food blogger—for this recipe.

Ingredients

Burger Ingredients

Chipotle Aioli Ingredients

Steps

  • 1

    Chipotle Aioli

    Whisk egg yolk, garlic powder, and lime juice together in a bowl.   

  • 2

    Add the oil a few drops at a time, whisking constantly, until completely combined. The emulsified egg yolk and oil should be a thick, creamy consistency.

  • 3

    Stir in the minced chipotles and chipotle sauce, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • 4

    If aioli seems too thick, stir in a drop or two of water until it is thinned to your liking.

  • 5

    Pour into a sealable jar or container with a lid. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  • 6

    Burgers
    Preheat the grill to high heat.

  • 7

    Combine ground chuck, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, ketchup, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix until just combined.

  • 8

    Combine ground chuck, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, ketchup, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix until just combined.

  • 9

    Divide the beef mixture into four equal portions and form them into balls. Gently place one ice cube in the middle of each ball. Flatten the balls into patties that are about 3/4” thick and gently press down in the center of each patty to form a slight depression.

  • 10

    Oil the grill grates. Place the patties on the grill grates Grill the burgers for 3-4 minutes until nicely browned on the bottom side.

  • 11

    While the second side is grilling, toast the buns on a cooler section of the grill. Spread chipotle aioli onto the toasted top buns