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

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Great Grilled Burgers

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts (Great Grilled Burgers)

460 calories; 23 g total fat; 9 g saturated fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 10 g monounsaturated fat; 107 mg cholesterol; 658 mg sodium. 528 mg potassium; 24 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 37 g protein; 194 IU vitamin a; 4 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 8 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 69 mcg folate; 3 mcg vitamin b12; 81 mg calcium; 5 mg iron;

Ketchup variation one

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  • 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.

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Ketchup variation two

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  • 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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Ketchup variation three

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  • 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.

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