Basic Grilled Burgers

Use a gentle hand when mixing together the meats: If they are overworked, the burgers will be tough.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4
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12 ounces beef chuck, coarsely ground

12 ounces beef sirloin, coarsely ground

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons vegetable oil, for the grill grates

Hamburger buns, cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce, pickles and french fries, optional, for serving


  1. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat.
  2. Gently toss together the chuck and sirloin in a large bowl, making sure not to overwork the mixture. Form the beef into four 3/4-inch-thick patties, each about 4 inches in diameter. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Lightly grease the grill grates. Put the patties on the grill; do not press down on them with a spatula. Cook until the patties are seared and browned on one side, about 3 1/2 minutes. Flip and cook on the second side until browned, about 3 minutes for medium-rare.
  4. Assemble the burgers using your favorite buns and toppings and serve with french fries, if desired.