Lightly shape ground beef into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.
For a charcoal grill, grill burgers on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until done (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place burgers on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)
Remove burgers from grill. Season with salt and pepper. Serve burgers in buns. If desired, top burgers with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and/or pickles. Makes 4 burgers.