Great Grilled Burgers

What makes a burger great? You decide with this basic recipe and several flavorful variations, including stuffed and topped.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Grill: 20 mins to 22 mins

Great Grilled Burgers

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Directions

  1. Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently mix together -- do not overwork. Form seasoned beef into four patties about 1-inch thick. Grill on the well-oiled rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 10 minutes. Turn with a spatula and grill 10 to 12 minutes more, until meat is cooked and a meat thermometer registers 160 degree F internal temperature. Toast buns, cut side down on grill during last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling. To serve, top bottom half of bun with lettuce, burger, tomato, onions, pickles. Spread top half of bun with ketchup or mustard; top sandwich. Makes 4 burgers.

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For Stuffed Burgers:

Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and chopped onion. Gently mix together -- do not overwork. Divide cheese into 4 equal portions. Form seasoned beef around cheese into four patties about 1-inch thick. Grill on the well-oiled rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 10 minutes. Turn with a spatula and grill 10 to 12 minutes more, until meat is cooked and a meat thermometer registers 160 degree F internal temperature. Toast buns, cut side down on grill during last 1 to 2 minutes of grilling. To serve, place cooked burger on bottom half of bun, top with tomato, onions, pickles, and lettuce. Makes 4 burgers.

Ketchup variation one

Directions

  1. Start with ketchup and stir in dried tomatoes, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, and salt and pepper. Cover and chill up to 1 week. Makes 1 cup.

Ketchup variation three

Directions

  1. Start with ketchup and stir in roasted red sweet peppers, adobo sauce, sherry vinegar, and sugar. Cover and chill up to 1 week. Makes 1 cup.

Ketchup variation two

Directions

  1. Start with ketchup and stir in blueberries and/or raspberries that have been mashed lightly with a fork, cider vinegar, and crisp-cooked and crumbled bacon (stir bacon in just before use). Cover and chill up to 1 week. Makes 1 cup.
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Nutrition Facts (Great Grilled Burgers)

  • Per serving:
  • 460 kcal cal.,
  • 23 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 10 g monounsatured fat),
  • 107 mg chol.,
  • 658 mg sodium,
  • 24 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 37 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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