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Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers

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Serve this all-American classic with all the toppings you love -- cheese, lettuce, pickles, and onion.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2009

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef chuck (20 percent fat)
  • 4 teaspoons softened butter
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 slices melting cheese, such as American or mild cheddar
  • Toppings, such as shredded iceberg lettuce, pickle chips, thinly sliced red onion, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise

Directions

  1. Heat broiler. Divide beef into 4 rounds and place each between two layers of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll beef into 1/4-inch-thick patties. Butter inside of each bun. Place on a baking sheet, buttered side up, and toast under broiler.

  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high. Generously season patties on both sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook burgers 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and top each with cheese; cover and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Place burgers on buns and serve with desired toppings.

Variations

To grill the burgers, simply roll the patties slightly thicker (3/8 inch) and grill over medium-high heat, 2 minutes per side.

Cook's Notes

Beef chuck with 20 percent fat makes for juicy burgers. The meat shrinks as it cooks, so form it into wide patties.

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