Total Time:
30 min
10 min
20 min

4 hamburgers

  • 10 ounces ground sirloin
  • 10 ounces ground chuck
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 slices cheese, such as cheddar, American, Saga blue cheese, and Swiss (optional)
  • 4 soft hamburger-style buns, split
  • 4 slices beefsteak tomatoes (optional)
  • Assorted lettuces and greens, such as iceberg, romaine, or watercress
  • Assorted mustards, such as whole-grained, Dijon, or French's (optional)
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • Ketchup (optional)
  • 8 slices cooked, crisp bacon (optional)
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  • Using your hands, break the meat into small pieces and combine evenly but loosely on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread the meat out and season it generously with salt and pepper.

  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Place a roasting rack on a foil-lined baking sheet in the oven.

  • Divide the meat into 4 portions (about 5 ounces each). Using your hands, form each portion into a ball-shape by gently tossing it from one hand to the other. (Don't over work or press too firmly on the meat.) Gently form each portion into a patty about 3 inches wide and 1-inch-thick.

  • Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add the oil. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until well-browned, about 2 minutes the first side, and 1 minute the second side.

  • Using a spatula, transfer the hamburgers to the roasting rack in the oven and continue cooking to desired doneness, 5 minutes for very rare (blue), 6 to 7 minutes for rare, 8 to 9 minutes for medium-rare, 10 to 11 minutes for medium, and 13 to 15 minutes for well-done. If you are using the cheese, top the hamburgers during their last couple of minutes of cooking to melt.

  • Transfer the hamburgers to a plate let rest for a couple minutes before serving. Meanwhile, toast the hamburger buns. Assemble the hamburgers with the condiments and toppings of your choice. Serve.

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