For burger purists, the best part of a patty is the sear. In order to ramp up this texture for his Crispy Burger recipe, Alvin uses a unique cooking method. 

Find a small cast-iron pan that only fits one patty. As the meat cooks, the pan retains all the juices, essentially cooking the patty in its own fat. In a loosely-formed patty, this will create a desirable craggy texture.

Onions are placed on top of the patty, immediately followed by the cheese—a simple trick to marry the flavors. 

A crispy burger requires a crispy bun, so Alvin opts for the English muffin, which mimics the nooks and crannies of the patties. 

Learn how to make the Ultimate Crispy Burger.