The Pastrami Burger Bomb Recipe

pastrami burger

For best results, grind your own beef. A straight chuck grind would work, but the Blue Label Blend is better.

Recipe Details

The Pastrami Burger Bomb Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 20 ounces fresh ground beef, about 20% fat

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish

  • 1/2 pound pastrami, sliced very thin

  • 4 hearty burger buns, toasted

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy cole slaw


  1. Divide beef into four even five ounce portions, gently pressing each into a patty about 4 1/2 inches wide. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until needed. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and relish in small bowl. Stir with spoon until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Place as much pastrami as can fit in one layer in a 12-inch non-stick or cast iron skillet or griddle and place over medium high heat. Cook until pastrami is well-browned and crisp on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on second side, about 45 seconds longer. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining pastrami, placing directly on hot skillet, using as many batches as necessary (you'll probably need about three batches). Set pastrami aside until needed.

  3. Return empty skillet to heat (leave the pastrami fat) and add two buns, cut-side down. Toast until golden brown, about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining buns. Set aside.

  4. Return pan to heat. Season burger patties generously with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook until well browned on both sides and center of burger reads 130°F on an instant-read thermometer for medium rare, about 5 minutes total, flipping and adding cheese halfway through cooking. While burgers are cooking, divide mayonnaise mixture and coleslaw evenly between bottom buns. Top with cooked burgers, crispy pastrami, and bun tops. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
670 Calories
39g Fat
44g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 670
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1653mg 72%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 393mg 30%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 472mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)