Great Grilled Burgers

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

Makes:
4 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Grill:
20 mins to 22 mins
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Great Grilled Burgers

Ingredients
1 1/2
pounds 85 percent lean ground chuck or 90 percent lean ground sirloin
3/4
teaspoon kosher salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
 
For Stuffed burger, add:
1/4
cup finely chopped onion
4
ounces semi-firm cheese such as cheddar, Edam, or Monterey Jack
4
good quality hamburger buns
 
Iceberg lettuce leaves
4
1/4-inch thick slices ripe tomato
4
thin slices white onion
 
Bread and butter pickles
 
Choice of ketchup* (see recipes below)
 
Mustard

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.

From the Test Kitchen

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

Ingredients

3/4
cup ketchup
1/4
cup chopped, drained oil-packed dried tomatoes
1
tablespoon red wine vinegar
1
quart packed brown sugar
 
dash salt
 
dash pepper

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 two

Ingredients

3/4
cup ketchup
3/4
2
tablespoons cider vinegar
2
slices crisp-cooked and crumbled bacon

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.

Ketchup variation three

Ingredients

1/4
cup chopped, drained roasted red sweet peppers
1
tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle chili peppers
1
tablespoon sherry vinegar
1
teaspoon sugar
3/4
cup ketchup

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.

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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