All American Backyard Burger

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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5 pounds ground chuck (at least 80 percent lean)

3 cups finely chopped spinach (optional)

1 cup chopped sweet onion 

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 

Kosher salt 

Freshly ground black pepper 

Vegetable oil for the grill 

12 cheese slices (American, Monterey Jack, pepper jack) 

12 hamburger buns 


Applewood-smoked bacon slices, cooked and halved

Tomato slices

Green leaf lettuce leaves

White onion slices 

Dill or sweet and spicy sliced pickles (I like Wickles Pickles brand)


Yellow mustard 



  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, spinach, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and 3 teaspoons each of the salt and pepper.
  2. Divide the meat equally into 12 portions and form into patties about 1 inch thick. Season both sides of the patties lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly brush the grill grates with vegetable oil and place the patties on the grates. Grill the patties for 4 to 5 minutes, then flip and grill 4 minutes more for medium. Place a slice of cheese on top of the patties and cook an additional 1 minute or until melted. Toast the buns (if desired), cut sides down, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly toasted.
  4. Serve burgers with desired toppings.