Grilled Burgers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 grilled burgers
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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Vegetable oil, for the grill

8 slices American or cheddar cheese (optional)

4 soft hamburger buns

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium high. Divide the beef into four 6-ounce portions. Gather each into a ball, then gently flatten into a 4 1/2-inch-wide patty about 3/4 inch thick (be careful not to overwork the meat). Press your thumb into the center of each patty to make a 1/2-inch-deep indentation (this prevents the patties from bulging as they cook). Season the patties with salt and pepper.
  2. Lightly oil the grill grates. Grill the patties indentation-side up until they are marked and release easily from the grill, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until slightly firm, 3 more minutes for medium doneness. For cheeseburgers, top each patty with 2 slices cheese during the last minute of cooking and cover to melt. 
  3. Transfer the burgers to a plate and let rest 5 minutes so the juices redistribute. Toast the buns on the grill, 30 seconds. Serve the burgers on the buns.