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Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers

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

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  • Servings: 4
Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers

Source: Everyday Food, June 2009


  • 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


  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.

Cook's Note

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

Reviews (6)

  • HWAA 5 Feb, 2014

    Delicious and easy dinner! Satisfies the kids' request for fast food and is just a little healthier

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  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 2 Feb, 2013

    Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers
    Russell's Saturday Dinner
    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • erinkelly1 20 Apr, 2011

    Fantastic. Juicy and tender. The best cheeseburger I've had in a long time. I will definitely make these again.

  • Coleman Boys Mama 4 Nov, 2010

    Deliciousness!!! These are amazing! Taste like a diner burger, but better! I served them with oven baked onion rings and they were fantastic! Definitely will be a repeat dinner!

  • cupcakemommy 22 Aug, 2010

    YUM! These are the best homemade burgers...and better than any fast food burger. You can control the amount of salt, but I am fairly generous (on one side only). Since the burgers are thinner, they cook faster, so dinner is ready in a jiff.

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