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4.67 from 3 votes

The Good Old Classic American Hamburger

Not all burgers have to be fancy. Sometimes a weekend just calls for a classic American hamburger with traditional toppings.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 2 lbs ground beef, 80/20
  • salt and pepper or steak seasoning
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • 5 hamburger buns
  • Condiments of choice (ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onions)


  • Shape the ground beef into 5 even patties, being careful not to handle the meat too much. Make the patties a bit larger than the circumference of the buns.
  • Season both sides liberally with salt and pepper or steak seasoning. Press your thumb into the center of each patty to make an indentation.
  • Heat the grill to medium-high. Place the patties on the grill and grill for 5 minutes.
  • Flip. Grill for 3 more minutes. Add a slice of cheese on top of each patty (optional). Grill 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove to a sheet pan and let rest 5 minutes to retain the juices.
  • Place the buns cut side down on the grill for about 30 seconds to toast.
  • Assemble with your favorite condiments.


Calories: 658kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 39gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 687mgPotassium: 572mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 327mgIron: 5.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and top 10 category finishes. I’m an expert grill reviewer for BBQ Guys, and I have appeared on the Food Network and Ninja Woodfire Grill infomercials. I established this website in 2015 to share my BBQ tips and recipes.

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