The Classic Burger

The Classic Burger Recipe
Daniel Hennessy
Sink your teeth into a delicious hamburger recipe made from lean beef.

To make cheeseburgers, about 1 minute before burgers are done, top with sliced cheese; continue cooking until cheese begins to melt.

Notes: If you want absolute bacteria safety, you need to cook your burgers to 160°. This recipe will keep them moist.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings
Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 480
Caloriesfromfat 43 %
Protein 31 g
Fat 23 g
Satfat 5.6 g
Carbohydrate 37 g
Fiber 2.4 g
Sodium 978 mg
Cholesterol 127 mg

Ingredients

1 pound ground lean (7% fat) beef
1 large egg
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 or 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
About 1/2 teaspoon salt
About 1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 hamburger buns (4 in. wide), split
About 1/4 cup mayonnaise
About 1/4 cup ketchup
4 iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed and crisped
1 firm-ripe tomato, cored and thinly sliced
4 thin slices red onion

Preparation

1. In a bowl, mix ground beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Worcestershire, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until well blended. Divide mixture into four equal portions and shape each into a patty about 4 inches wide.

2. Lay burgers on an oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook burgers, turning once, until browned on both sides and no longer pink inside (cut to test), 7 to 8 minutes total. Remove from grill.

3. Lay buns, cut side down, on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

4. Spread mayonnaise and ketchup on bun bottoms. Add lettuce, tomato, burger, onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Set bun tops in place.

Linda Lau Anusasananan,

Sunset

July 2005
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