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Classic Cheeseburger

Photograph by: Petrina Tinslay.

  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef, preferably chuck
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 tomatoes (12 ounces), sliced
  • 8 leaves Bibb lettuce (1 small head)
  • 1 small red onion, sliced

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Season meat with salt and pepper, mix very lightly, and shape into four patties. Grill hamburgers 4 to 6 minutes per side for rare and 9 to 11 minutes for well done. If making cheeseburgers, lay cheese slices on top of the hamburgers after they have been flipped.

  2. Step 2

    Serve immediately on buns (toasted, if desired), topped with tomatoes, lettuce, and onion slices.

Source
Comfort Food

Reviews (15)

  • 31 Jul, 2012

    coco1101 It is possible to completely cook a burger without it being hard or not juicy. There is no one in our circle of friends who would eat a pink burger. We wouldn't eat raw ground beef.

    This is a great recipe like most on this site, even cooked not pink.

  • 23 May, 2012

    LunarSea: You're right! I think it looks like an old fashioned mustard where the seeds are ground in.

    The picture of the burger shows almost grey meat... meaning it is "really cooked" perhaps overcooked. Does anyone eat their burger so well done that there isn't even a hint of pink inside? Even using ground chuck with 20% fat might not keep the burger juicy after grilling it so long.

  • 13 Mar, 2012

    The recipe looks great, but what is the mixture between the bun and tomatoes? Not detailed in the picture!

  • 20 Aug, 2010

    A half-pound burger? C'mon!

  • 16 Aug, 2010

    Nothing fancy, just a plain old burger. I would not add a raw egg to burgers because many like their burgers rare and the egg might not be cooked. In meatloaf it's great but I would be careful about adding raw eggs to burgers.

    Good fat beef will make a great burger.

  • 16 Aug, 2010

    Nothing fancy, just a plain old burger. I would not add a raw egg to burgers because many like their burgers rare and the egg might not be cooked. In meatloaf it's great but I would be careful about adding raw eggs to burgers.

    Good fat beef will make a great burger.

  • 9 Aug, 2010

    Wow, I would expect a little more here, Any noob knows how to make a cheeseburger, this recipe is as basic and ridiculous as one for tomato soup; open can, heat and serve, add salt and pepper if you want to get fancy, or cheese.

  • 30 Jun, 2010

    Adding 1 raw egg to every 1 lb of meat will help the meat stay together. Some breadcrumbs wouldn't hurt. I make my burgers with worsteshire sauce, chopped up onions, and bell peppers so they have to be able to stick together.

  • 24 Jun, 2010

    In order to keep your burgers from falling apart the ground beef needs to contain more fat. Lean ground beef won't hold together very well.

  • 3 Jun, 2010

    mine always fall apart, any suggection on how to firm them enuf to ust stay ogether but still be juicy?

  • 30 May, 2010

    It looks like it is sitting on tomato and some kind of pesto spread, to me. I agree...must have pickles. How do you stuff a burger?

  • 18 May, 2010

    The burger patty is sitting on top of the onion and tomato slices. I would have to add a couple of pickles to the burger to make it real. I love good burgers cooked on the grill. and I love cheese, but not YELLOW cheese. I like Swiss, Provolone and Monterey Jack. I also like white cheddar and I like to experiment with different combinations of cheese and toppings and I love to make stuffed burger and surprise people with what's inside.

  • 31 Mar, 2010

    I love burgers! From the photo it looks like the patty is on top of a layer of something, but I can't tell what it is...

  • 26 Mar, 2010

    yeah! it is delicous!

  • 21 Aug, 2009

    This sounds delicious! and beautiful photography!!!