Perfect Burgers Recipe

Delicious three-step hamburgers and topping ideas.

1-1/4 lb. lean ground chuck beef
Kosher salt
A few grinds of cracked pepper
4 hamburger buns


Step 1: Preheat barbecue to medium heat.

Step 2: Shape fresh ground chuck into four equal burgers, about 3/4” thick, and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Grill over medium heat until crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. This should take about 6-8 minutes, flipping just once during cooking. Internal temperature should be 160°F. (Tip: Toast the buns while you’re at it.) Serve with the usual suspects (ketchup, mustard, relish), or switch things up with some of the condiments and toppings listed below:

Trendy toppings:

  • sautéed mushrooms
  • arugula
  • caramelized onions
  • smoked bacon
  • crumbled blue cheese
  • roasted red peppers
  • sharp cheddar
  • horseradish
  • aioli
  • mango chutney

Trashy toppings:

  • peanut butter
  • coleslaw
  • fried egg
  • grilled salami
  • Kraft singles (a perennial fave), or a spritz of cheese-in-a-can (even classier)
  • grilled pineapple rings

Amy Rosen