Basic Grilled Burgers With Topping Suggestions

Basic Burgers
Basic Burgers. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 burgers (4 servings)
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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.

15% to 20% fat content and proper cooking will give you the juiciest, most flavorful burgers. Toppings and condiments are also important, and you'll find a number of suggestions below the instructions. 

See Also
Food Safety: Internal Temperature for Burgers

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, optional
  • 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. With your thumb, make an indentation 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.