For the best burger, go to your butcher’s and ask them to mince 1 pound of chuck steak for you – this cut has a really good balance of fat and flavorsome meat (80/20).

Yields: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Min
Cooking Time: 15 Min


  • 1 pound 80/20 lean chuck
  • 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


  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. In a large 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.
  3. To make your hamburger the perfect shape, we highly recommend using a hamburger press (they are definitely worth the investment). We love that they give you a perfectly even and consistently-shaped burger every time..
  4. Lay burgers on your oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or over high heat on your gas grill (it’s hot when you can’t hold your hand at grill level more than 2-3 seconds);
  5. Grill on each side for 2-3 minutes for medium rare, 3-4 for medium (how I like it) and 5-6 for well done. Notes: If you want absolute bacteria safety, you need to cook your burgers to 160° F. This recipe will keep them moist.
  6. Lay buns, cut side down, on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  7. Spread mayonnaise and ketchup on bun bottoms. Add lettuce, tomato, burger, onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Set bun tops in place.
  8. Enjoy.

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