The Basic Burger

The Basic BurgerRecipe
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
The Basic Burger is simply made up of salt, pepper, and lean ground chuck. Enhance the burger with your favorite toppings and toasted buns.


8 burgers

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Recipe Time

Prep: 6 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 385
Fat 15 g
Satfat 5 g
Protein 39 g
Carbohydrate 21 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 96 mg
Sodium 608 mg


3 pounds 80 percent lean ground chuck
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 hamburger rolls, split, toasted
Cheese and condiments, optional
Assorted toppings (optional):


1. Combine chuck, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Gently blend with a fork. Use moistened hands to form 8 3/4-inch-thick patties.

2. Grill or broil burgers over moderate heat (about 5 inches from heat source) on one side for 5 minutes. Carefully turn and cook on other side for about 4 minutes for medium-rare burgers. Serve on warm buns, topped as desired.

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