One of the best virtues about a burger is its ability to evolve over time. That’s what makes the grilled-cheese cheeseburger so special—it’s a hybrid of two no-frills, American classics.

The trick, Burger Show Host Alvin Cailan says, is not to overcomplicate things. Use simple French bread for texture and American cheese as your base. To unlock that next-level flavor, the only “secret ingredient” you’ll need is cream cheese, which adds a rich creaminess.

Pile on some crispy shallots, stir in some caramelized onions, and admire its perfect ratios. “Stack them on top of each other,” advises Alvin. “Bump some Wu-Tang. You’re good to go.”