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The Classic Burger

Total Time
30 mins

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.

This recipe works equally well on both gas and charcoal grills. For more great grilling tools, including the always excellent Lodge cast iron skillet, check out this roundup of Sunset favorites.


 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
Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

Lay buns, cut side down, on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Step 4

Spread mayonnaise and ketchup on bun bottoms. Add lettuce, tomato, burger, onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Set bun tops in place.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 480Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g36%

Saturated Fat 5.6g28%
Cholesterol 127mg43%
Sodium 978mg41%
Total Carbohydrate 37g13%

Dietary Fiber 2.4g10%
Protein 31g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.