When beef patties hit the hot grill, they sizzle away, sending tantalizing smoke into the air. It doesn’t get much better — the lingering aroma of summer fun. Burgers are simple to make with just a few components and quick grilling. When there are so few ingredients, each one takes on more importance.
Place the ground beef in a bowl and with seasonings. Mix the seasonings evenly throughout the meat. Divide into four equal portions. Roll each one into a ball and the press it into a flat, round patty about 3/4-inch thick.
Build a hot charcoal fire using a charcoal chimney. When the coals are burning solidly and ash has started to form on the edges, pour them into the bottom of your grill and place the grate over the top.
While the coals are burning down, gather all your toppings together. Once the burgers are done you want to assemble and serve them quickly.
When the grill is hot and the coals have burned down and are covered with ash, place the burgers on the grill. Season the top with salt and pepper. Cook without disturbing. until the meat easily releases from the grates, about four minutes. If it resists and is sticking, give it a little longer.
Flip and sprinkle the top with salt and pepper. Cook the second side for two minutes. Then top with a slice of cheese to melt. Close the lid for a minute or two. When the cheese is melted the burgers will be done. Set aside to rest.
While burgers rest, get the plates ready. Split the rolls and lightly toast if desired. Lay a lettuce leaf on the bottom halves. Place a burger patty on the lettuce and top with a tomato slice and a few onion rings. Spread your choice of ketchup or mustard, if using, on the top half of the buns. Serve immediately.