Beef, Comfort Food, Condiments, Cookout, Salads

The Mayo Burger ~ with lettuce slaw

Travelling around in South Brazil I learned a very important thing – “Burger with Salad” on a menu description¬†doesn’t mean lettuce, tomatoes and onion.

…it means “Big ass burger patty topped with green peas, cooked carrots and corn“… yes, exactly like a can of Veg-All. ¬†And, it didn’t matter where we traveled in the Southern part of the country, it was always the same.

I really shouldn’t be surprised. Half of the hot dogs I ate there had mashed potatoes, corn and french fries smashed into the top; balancing on top of the wiener and bun like a drunken night at the all-you-can-eat buffet.. It’s like they didn’t grasp the whole idea of American Fast food…. they still wanted their “Meat & 2 Veg.”

But if you got to have “Salad” on top of a burger… then make it a good salad. My all-time favorite burger topping is a lettuce slaw. There’s just something about a mound of sweet iceberg lettuce steaming on top of a burger that just makes my toes curl.


Plate Fodder Lettuce Slaw

The be all to end all hamburger topping


  • 3 cups Shredded Iceberg Lettuce (Fine Shreds)
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Scallions - Greens Included (Finely Chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Dill Pickle Relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celery Seed
  • Spatula

Tools of the Trade

  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Large Mixing Bowl


Step 1
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


And, once you’ve got all that ready, time to make some killer sliders.

The Mayo Burger

Serves 10 - 12
Prep time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Cook time 6 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 16 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack
Occasion Barbecue


  • 1lb Ground Chuck 80/20 (Really, use whatever ground beef you like. However - as a general rule, Fat = Flavor. Don't use anything to make a hamburger with that you wouldn't eat as a stand alone piece of meat)
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise (Use something less sweet like Hellman's or Dukes)
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley (Finely Chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 2 tablespoons Dry Bread Crumbs

Tools of the Trade

  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1/2 cup Scoop
  • Spatula
  • Paper-Lined Large Plate
  • Plastic Wrap


Perfect for serving on our Schoolhouse Rolls.


Step 1
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined
Step 2
With the scoop, portion out a slightly rounded scoop and plop onto the prepared plate. Lightly pat and pack mixture to form into a 3 to 4 " wide, 1/2" thick patty.
Step 3
Cover with wrap and chill for 1 hour
Step 4
Heat the grill to high for 15 minutes.
Step 5
Place a sheet of foil over the grate and carefully place the patties on the foil. Cook for 3 minutes.
Step 6
Flip the patties over onto the bare grate, remove the foil and cook for another 2 minutes.
Step 7
Split and toast the buns while the burgers are finishing
Step 8
Top with the Lettuce Slaw and serve.