Best Basic Burger Recipe

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Grilling perfect burgers is easy with some basic tips. This Best Basic Burger Recipe is a foundational recipe to build from to make great burgers.

Best Basic Burger Recipe


  • Buns
  • Lettuce
  • Condiments
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef chilled
  • Olive oil
  • Cheese if desired
Best Basic Burger Recipe


  1. Divide ground beef into 4 (½-pound) or 6 (1/3-pound) portions. Gently form into patties of equal size (1-inch thickness) without overworking the meat. Gently create a divot with thumb in the center of each burger. Arrange on a plate in a single layer, cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.
  2. Heat the grill to high (gas or charcoal); 375-400 degrees F. Brush and oil the grill. Lightly brush one side of the burgers with olive oil, place them on the grill (olive oil side down); brush the top side with olive oil. Cover, cook for 2-3 minutes to sear the bottom (you should see grill marks).
  3. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes for rare, 4-5 for medium-rare or 6-7 for medium doneness as measured with an Instant Read thermometer. If adding sliced cheese, add 2 minutes before burger is finished grilling. NOTE: time will be less if cooking 1/3-pound burgers.
  4. Remove and allow to rest 5 minutes.
  5. Assemble the burger with a slice of lettuce between the bottom bun and the burger (helps keep the bun intact) and condiments or toppings on top.

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