Classic Cheeseburger

Classic Cheeseburger

Classic Cheeseburger

15 mins
10 mins

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.




  • 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


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


Step 1 Of 5
Preheat grill to 400°F.
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.
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.
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.
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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