9 ounces of the best ground beef you can find (Prime Angus, or meat with 15-20% fat)
Thousand Island dressing or similar sauce of your choice
1 1/2 ounces shredded iceberg lettuce
1 1/2 ounces sliced onion
Pinch chili powder, to taste
Pinch cayenne pepper, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 slices cheddar cheese
Mix chili powder and cayenne into the burger. Season both sides of the patty with salt and pepper
Sear the meat on the grill over high heat for about 1 ½ minutes until the meat has a nice dark brown color but not burnt.
Place on hot side of the grill to the side of the hot coals for about five minutes for medium rare and then let it rest for 3-4 minutes to the side of the heat. Just before serving, put two slices of cheese on the burger and place it in the oven to melt.
Dress lettuce and onion with special sauce.
Place on bun, add lettuce and onion and serve.