Sarah Jessica Parker: The Burger That Changed Our Lives

08/19/2014 at 01:28 PM ET

SJP Burgers
Courtesy Sarah Jessica Parker;Ben Gabbe/Getty

For Sarah Jessica Parker, food usually involves family.

And the actresses’s family, which includes husband Matthew Broderick, son James Wilkie and twins Tabitha and Loretta, must have been very pleased with her latest meal: delicious, juicy burgers.

Taking a cue from New York Times food editor Sam Sifton’s recent article on making the perfect burger, SJP posted an Instagram photo of two perfect patties sizzling in a cast iron pan (per Sifton’s advice).

“Thank you @samsifton for changing our lives. We all have never loved a burger so much. This eve’s I cooked all by myself!” she captioned the mouth-watering shot.

So why a heavy cast-iron pan? Sifton says, “Cook outside if you like, heating the pan over the fire of a grill, but never on the grill itself. The point is to allow rendering beef fat to gather around the patties as they cook, like a primitive high-heat confit.”

For more helpful tips, Sifton called upon burger masters like The Chew’s Michael Symon, who recommended steering clear of the “lean” patties. “You want to get up around 30 percent fat,” said Symon, who warns against burger “shrinkage” and recommends home chefs try for blends that contain from 20 to 25 percent fat.

“The bun-to-burger ration is very important,” advised Symon. ““You want a soft bun, like a challah or potato, but whichever you use it shouldn’t overwhelm the burger. They should be as one.”

To see the full burger recipe Sarah Jessica cooked up last night, click here.

—Michelle Ward

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amyinoaktown on

Recipe for a burger? Looks like she just shaped it into a patty and added cheese….

Ella on

I’ve never understood why people find a grilled burger tasty. They are dry and tasteless. The best burgers are fried like grandma used to make. And I totally agree about the higher fat content. An 80/20 ground chuck makes an amazing burger. Save the leaner ground beef for a meatloaf or Sloppy Joe’s

Gretchen on

Uh, the burger SJP cooked is pretty much the old-fashioned “fried” burger like I grew up with, Ella. Required back in the day? An iron skillet, 70-75% ground beef, and cook it on the burner at reasonably high heat being careful not to overcook. My dad used to put the cheese on in the last 2 minutes, and quickly put the top of the bun on, so it could toast just a bit. Amazing! Nothing better…..

guest d on

I also use a cast iron skillet, they’re great for steaks as well. I’m finally happy with my burgers since I stopped adding egg and started using grated onion, pressed garlic and maybe a bit of a favorite sauce, I like Pickapeppa, for the liquid, and panko. I form the burgers and let them set in the fridge for maybe 45 minutes. They’re cook-up very juicy. Omitting the egg worked for me.

Tempe on

I’m always happy when someone discovers the black iron skillet. We grew up using ours and still do. They’re used for cornbread, skillet dinners, burgers and even cobbler. My favorite pan is my “grill” pan. I love the raised grill stripes it puts on everything from fish to veggies.

bill on

Celebrities are so over the top. Things are never just average with them.

Jess on

My mom used to always correct me when I’d use a non stick pan. Cast iron is sooo much better!

Stef Serafin on

Boy if that burger changed her life then I don’t want to try it. That must be a miserable life. Ouch.

Anonymous on

I can honestly say I love you Sarah Jessica Parker. Perfect burgers – yum! Couldn’t agree more.

Laura Brown on

2 tiny burgers? I don’t get it.

Laura Brown on

2 tiny burgers? I don’t get it

eva on

She cooked? Not the cook, housekeeper or nanny?

Sunny on

I am happy to say my burgers look better than that. Woot

Stacey McRae on

People should try cutting down on their meat consumption (I’m a vegetarian.) Half this county has high or borderline high cholesterol and you are all giving it to yourselves! Mine is 182 before you get crazy with me and I am middle-aged.

Amy on

Now I’m hungry.

Bella on

Headline, SJP makes a “life changing” burger? And I, like a jackass, read it.

Man, I need to get to work……

Anonymous on

you only do a good hamburger on a grill

dee on

I LOVE HER! I am so glad someone from Hollywood eats real food! BTW, most high quality restaurant steaks are cooked in butter by searing in a cast iron pan and then finishing them off in an oven.

charlotte on

would love to say something snarky about this, but I really do like her a lot and find it hard to criticize. I want a burger now!

bg on

Cook them on the grill and they will taste great. Add some bread crumbs and they will absorb the drippings. Excellent burgers.

bg on

Oh and don’t forget to mix in a little Thai chili sauce.

E on

Cast iron burgers is the norm n my family. At least in my house growing up it was.

Bunnie on

Um, we’re Southern and have known about cast iron skillets for more than a century.

peoplefan on

looks like carcinogens in a pan LOL

Ella-Berella on

Has anyone ever tried English muffins for the buns? I love the crunch of a buttered, toasted English muffin with my burger. So good!

Ella on

A grilled burger can be delicious as well – the problem is many people don’t pay enough attention when grilling, or they smash down on the burger pushing all the juices out.
Using indirect heat, flipping once, not charring it to bits, can produce an amazing burger on the grill. (I like steaks & burgers both ways)

gdburts on

not Jack Burger?

Sarah on

My cast iron pan has never touched meat and never will. Consume fewer animals and processed foods = healthier, happier, and guilt-free.

von on

Wow! All by herself!!! You’re really something SJP.

Jessie on

I am so surprised SJP eats meat, and isn’t some sort of crazed vegan like the rest of Hollywood.

Teresa Garner on

I saw “burger” and my first thought was post-it. Sorry Carrie, this article is about Sarah!

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