Classic Cheeseburger

15 mins
10 mins
4

When beef patties hit the hot grill, they sizzle, sending tantalizing smoke into the air. It doesn’t get much better — the lingering aroma of summer fun. Classic Cheeseburgers are simple to make, with just a few ingredients and quick grilling.

 

Ingredients

FOR THE BURGERS

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, no less than 20% fat
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • > salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE TOPPINGS

  • 4 slices of cheese of choice
  • 4 brioche buns
  • > lettuce, cleaned with tough stems removed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • > ketchup
  • > ketchup

Ingredient Tips

BURGER CHOICE
Buffalo is a great alternative to beef. If using 1 1/2 pounds of ground buffalo, add in 6 tablespoons minced bacon fat, trimmed before cooking.

Directions

Step 1 Of 5
1
Preheat grill to 400°F.
2
In a large bowl, combine ground beef chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle, salt and pepper. Divide into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and then press it into a flat, round patty about 3/4-inch thick.
Hot Tip
Pressing your knuckle into the center of the patties helps keep the burgers from bulging when they cook.
3
Place burgers on the grill. Season with salt and pepper. Cook without disturbing until the meat easily releases from the grates, about 4 minutes. If it resists and is still sticking, give it a little more time.
Hot Tip
Do not press your patties down with a spatula. This will release juices, making your burgers less juicy.
4
Flip and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. Then top with a slice of cheese and close the lid for a minute or two until the cheese melts. When the cheese is melted, the burgers are done. Set aside to rest.
5
While the burgers rest, split the brioche buns and lightly toast. Lay a lettuce leaf on the bottom bun. Place a burger patty on top of the lettuce. Add a tomato slice and a few onion slices. Top with ketchup and/or mustard and the top half of the bun. Serve immediately.
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