Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay
Save Recipe Print
Perfect Burger
Total:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Toasted Burger Buns

Divide the meat into 4 equal portions (about 6 ounces each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.

IF USING A GRILL: Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with the oil. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef and 5 minutes for turkey. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. Cook turkey burgers until cooked throughout, about 5 minutes on the second side.

IF USING A GRILL PAN: Heat a grill pan over high heat on top of the stove. Cook the burgers as for a grill, above.

IF USING A SAUTE PAN OR GRIDDLE (PREFERABLY CAST IRON): Heat the oil in the pan or griddle over high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Cook the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef and 5 minutes for turkey. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. Cook turkey burgers until cooked throughout, about 5 minutes on the second side.

Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese.

Sandwich the hot burgers between the buns and serve immediately.

Pairs well with Merlot

Our Best Thanksgiving Videos 15 Videos

Get the recipe

Sticky Pecan Pull-Apart Bread 00:37

This simple dessert is a crowd pleaser that only uses a few ingredients.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Simple, Perfect Chili

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Perfect Roast Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Perfect Pot Roast

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Butter Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Perfect Gravy

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Perfect Pumpkin Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

Perfect Roast Turkey

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Browse Reviews By Keyword