Mini Prime Cheeseburgers with Aged Cheddar

Mini Prime Cheeseburgers with Aged Cheddar Photo: Kate Sears; Stylist: Amy Wilson


  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 thin slices (1/3 ounce) aged Cheddar
  • 12 mini brioche buns (or you can cut out bread rounds with a 2-inch cookie cutter)
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cornichons
  • 12 arugula leaves


Preheat grill or grill pan over high heat. In a bowl, season ground beef with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Combine with hands; roll into 2-tablespoon patties, lightly flattening the tops. Place patties on a plate; drizzle with olive oil, and season each side with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place burgers on hot grill. Cook 3 minutes; turn over with tongs. Top each burger with 1 slice Cheddar; allow cheese to melt. Separate each mini brioche bun. Place on grill; toast about 1 minute per side. Slice cherry tomatoes into 3 slices each and cornichons into 4 slices each. Sandwich each toasted bun with 1 burger (cheese side up), 1 arugula leaf, 1 tomato slice, and 1 cornichon slice.

    These mini cheeseburgers pack major flavor. Serve Mini Prime Cheeseburgers with Aged Cheddar as an appetizer or as a smaller main dish.
  • Yield: Serves 12 (serving size: 1 burger)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 208
Fat per serving: 10.9g
Saturated fat per serving: 5.4g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.3g
Protein per serving: 13g
Carbohydrate per serving: 15g
Fiber per serving: 0.0g
Cholesterol per serving: 53mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 278mg
Calcium per serving: 96mg

Good to Know

Wolfgang Puck, a multiple James Beard–award winner and owner of 20 restaurants and more than 80 cafés, created this recipe.

Wolfgang Puck