Perfect Beef Burgers

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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1 1/2 pounds 80% lean ground beef chuck

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

8 thin slices cheddar cheese (optional)

4 soft sesame buns, split

Bibb lettuce and sliced tomato, for topping


  1. Sprinkle the ground beef evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gently form the meat into 4 balls, then lightly press into 4-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick patties. Make a 2-inch-wide indentation in the center of each with your thumb to prevent the burgers from bulging when grilled.
  2. Preheat a grill to high. Season the patties with salt and pepper. Grill, undisturbed, until marked on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and grill until the other side is marked and the patties feel firm, 3 to 5 more minutes; if desired, top each burger with 2 slices cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking and cover with a disposable aluminum pan to melt.
  3. Serve the patties on the buns; top with lettuce and tomato.
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