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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 hamburgers
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24 ounces ground chuck

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Spice Mix, optional, recipe follows

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

Spice Mix:

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

Hot Sauce, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a roasting rack on a foil-lined baking sheet in the oven.
  2. Using your hands, break the meat into small pieces and combine evenly but loosely on a parchment or waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Spread the meat out and season it generously with salt and pepper. If desired, add the spice mix at this time.
  3. Divide the meat into 4 portions (about 6 ounces each). Using your hands, form each portion into a ball-shape by gently tossing it from 1 hand to the other. (Don't over work or press too firmly on the meat.) Gently form each portion into a patty about 3 1/2 inches wide and 1-inch-thick.
  4. 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 each side.
  5. Using a spatula, transfer the hamburgers to the roasting rack in the oven and continue cooking to desired doneness, 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.
  6. 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.
  7. When cooking on a countertop grill, turn on grill, then place burgers on the heated grill.
  8. Timing for a countertop grill:
  9. For Medium-Rare: Cook for 3 minutes covered and then unplug the machine and continue to cook covered for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  10. For Medium: Cook for 4 minutes covered and then unplug the machine and continue to cook covered for 4 more minutes.
  11. For Well: Cook for 5 minutes covered and then unplug the machine and continue to cook covered for 5 more minutes.

Spice Mix:

  1. Combine all ingredients.