Basic Grilled Burgers With Topping Suggestions

Basic Burgers
Basic Burgers. Photo: Diana Rattray
    20 mins
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These burgers are quick and easy to prepare and cook on the grill. Worcestershire sauce and a little brown sugar give the burgers some great flavor. Try these burgers with this tasty Remoulade Sauce or Chipotle Mayonnaise.

Proper cooking is just the first step for the best burger. Toppings and condiments are just as important, so I've included several topping suggestions below the instructions.

What You'll Need

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 80% to 85% lean
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Heat the grill.
  2. Combine all ingredients until well blended.
  3. Shape the mixture into 4 or 5 patties, leaving an indention in the center of each burger.
  4. Grill the hamburgers for about 5 minutes on each side, or until done.
  5. If desired, top burgers with thinly sliced cheese about 1 minute before they're done.
  6. Serve in toasted split buns with your favorite toppings and sauces or spreads.

Topping Suggestions

  • Crisp Cooked Bacon
  • Tomato Slices and Lettuce
  • Pepper Jack Cheese, Swiss, Cheddar, American, Blue Cheese, or Muenster
  • Jalapeno Pepper Rings
  • Sliced Onions
  • Fried Onion Rings
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Roasted Bell Peppers or Poblanos

Expert Tips

  • Higher fat means juicier burgers, but it also means shrinkage. Make your burgers about 1/2-inch larger than the bun in diameter to adjust for shrinkage.
  • For burgers of perfectly uniform size, weigh them or use an ice cream scoop to measure each burger.
  • If the meat is sticking, moisten your hands with water as you shape the burgers.
  • Add finely grated onion, chopped bacon, or cheese to the burger mixture.
  • To freeze, arrange the patties on a baking sheet and freeze. When the burgers are solid, place them in a container, separated by sheets of wax paper.

See Food Safety: Internal Temperature for Burgers

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