Charles 'Lucky' Luciano's Last Meal of a California Burger
Updated: Jan 21
I'm also a fellow hater of reading the writer's life story whilst trying to get to a recipe, if you want to see pictures or read a few of my words about Charlie Lucky Luciano, it'll be after the recipe. Thanks.
500g Ground Steak Mince 15% Fat
Sesame Seed Buns
200g Sliced Cheese
1 Iceburg Lettuce
1 Large Red Onion
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp Mayonnaise
2 tbsp Ketchup
1 tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish
1. Melt a knob of butter in a cast iron pan and toast your sesame buns until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place to one side.
2. Place your Steak Mince into a large bowl and generously season with salt & pepper. Shape into patties and let them come up to room temperature - this will ensure a juicy burger.
3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a cast iron pan until smoking and then lay your patties away from you and sear on both sides for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add a slice of cheese on each burger and turn heat down, cover and add a splash of water to steam - this will melt the cheese.
5. Remove the patties from the pan and let rest whilst we assemble the rest of the ingredients.
6. Combine the mustard, ketchup, sweet pickle relish and mayonnaise in a bowl, mixing until homogenous.
7. Slice the onion, tomato, avocado, pickle & lettuce like shown in the video.
8. Time to assemble the burger - start by spooning some of our burger sauce onto the bottom half of the bun before laying our lettuce and rested burger. Then top with our tomato, avocado, pickles, onions and then our top half of our bun, again spooned with our sauce.
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano ; The King of New York
Probably the most powerful member of American organised crime in the 1920s & 1930s, in 1896 Salvatore Luciania was stereotypically born in Sicily, the birth place of many Italian-born gangsters who dominated organised crime in the states during the 20th century. He emigrated to New York at the age of 9 and didn't wait long to start his life in crime. Within 6 months he was involved in shoplifting, mugging and extorting, at the age of 20 he served 6 months for selling heroin and by the age of 24 he was the right hand man to Joe Masseria, the biggest crime boss in New York, later betraying the aforementioned Masseria and having him assasinated.
Rising through the ranks and after spearheading the rise of all the young gangster in New York, nurturing the relationships intelligently, he became the boss of all bosses or the capo di tutti capo in Italian. By 1934 he had established the National Crime Syndicate and the 5 families of New York, agreeing to split territory and end war between mobsters of the city. Many of these families we see portrayed in Hollywood in films such as Goodfellas and The Godfather.
However his lavish lifestyle of illegal income wasn't to last as he was indicted on prostitution by much-feared special prosecutor Thomas E Dewey in 1936. From his luxurious cell in Clinton Prison in New York he still continued to rule and issue orders to the underworld of the city and eventually struck a deal with the United States Government to be deported back to his native Italy in exchange for Luciano flex his influence of the longshoreman's union to tighten waterfront security at the New York Harbour during world war 2.
From Naples he continued to direct the drug traffic into the USA, a country who were relieved to hear he died in 1962, moments after he ate a California Burger, the last meal of Charles Lucky Luciano.