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The Classic Burger

Victor Protasio

Total time 30 mins
Yield

Makes 4 servings

Sink your teeth into a delicious restaurant-style, hamburger recipe made from lean beef. Skip the prepackaged patties and take the extra time to craft up your own, and that little extra effort will be worth it.   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.

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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.