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How to Make a Great Hamburger

How to Make a Great Hamburger
Recipe Date:
May 28, 2020
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Imperial (US)
  • 1 lb 80% lean and 20% fat ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Five Spice
  • Mushroom Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Smoked Paprika (Optional)

I’m sure a truly great hamburger doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. You only need a few seasonings and some good ground beef. Many recipes call for lean ground beef, but the best beef for making hamburger patties is 80% lean and 20% fat ground beef. You really need the fat in the meat to make juicy flavorful burgers.

  • 80% lean ground beef to a large bowl
  • Add, salt, pepper, five-spice, garlic powder, mushroom powder, and smoked paprika
  • Mix with your hands until well combined
  • Divide the beef into quarters and form four hamburger patties 3/4 inch thick, or thicker if want them rarer
  • Use your thumbs or knuckle to make an indention in the middle of the patties
  • Grill over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes on each side
  • Serve on a toasted hamburger or brioche bun
  • Build your burger with your favorite burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, raw or grilled onion, etc.)

How to Make a Great Cheeseburger

This burger recipe makes awesome cheeseburgers! Just add a slice of cheese to the top of each burger patty about 1 minute before they are ready to come off the grill. This will give the cheese enough time to melt. I highly recommend sliced provolone cheese on these.


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