Mindy Kaling’s Burger Is the Only Recipe You’ll Need For Labor Day

09/04/2015 at 01:17 PM ET

The mindy burger
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If you’re tired of the typical burger toppings (cheese, lettuce, tomato, maybe some onion, if you dare), your last summer cookout is the perfect opportunity to step outside the box.

Mindy Kaling created an exclusive cheeseburger with Umami Burger to mark the debut of The Mindy Project on Hulu this month. Sales from the burger also benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network—and we have the recipe.

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“Spicy and cheesy, it reflects my own personality,” Kaling says of her masterpiece that includes pickled jalapeños, fried onion strings and homemade sriracha aioli.

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Sure, you should try the burger for $13 at Umami restaurants but why not impress your Labor Day guests by whipping up the burger to end all burgers at home, too?

For more details on The Mindy Burger and other Labor Day recipes, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

The Mindy Burger
Makes: 4 burgers

1 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Sriracha hot sauce
½ lemon, juiced
1½ tbsp. butter, melted
4 brioche buns, halved
1½ lbs. ground beef, shaped into 4-in. patties
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
4 slices white cheddar cheese
¼ cup pickled jalapeño slices
¼ cup onion strings (recipe below)

1. To make the Sriracha aioli, whisk together mayo, garlic, Sriracha and lemon juice in a bowl. Chill until ready to use.

2. Brush butter on both cut sides of buns and place on a hot pan or grill to toast.

3. Season burger patties evenly with salt and pepper. In a large heavy-bottom pan over medium-high heat, cook burgers about 4 minutes, until well seared on one side. Flip and cook another 3 minutes. Top with cheese slices and let melt, about 1 minute.

4. To assemble, spread aioli on top and bottom buns. Place burgers on top with jalapeños, more aioli and onion strings.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Onion Strings
Makes: 1 cup

1 large yellow onion, cut into thin strips
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flour or tempura flour
½ tsp. smoked paprika
Vegetable oil
Pinch smoked salt

1. Soak onion strips in buttermilk for about 3 hours. Drain and discard buttermilk.

2. Combine flour and paprika in a bowl, and toss in onion strips until well coated.

3. In small batches, fry onion strings in 1½ in. hot oil (375°) until crispy and light brown, about 1 minute. Drain on paper-towel-lined plate. Season with smoked salt.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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