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The Basic Burger

The Basic Burger is simply made up of salt, pepper, and lean ground chuck. Enhance the burger with your favorite toppings and toasted buns.

This recipe goes with The American Classic, The Bacon Cheeseburger, The Buffalo Wing-Blue Cheese Burger, The California Burger, The Caprese Burger, The Fried Egg-Olive Burger, The Patty Melt

All You MAY 2013

  • Yield: 8 burgers
  • Cook time:10 Minutes
  • Prep time:6 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$2.11


  • 3 pounds 80 percent lean ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 hamburger rolls, split, toasted
  • Cheese and condiments, 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 385
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Protein: 39g
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 96mg
  • Sodium: 608mg

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