Simple fresh ingredients and a grill. It’s all you need for the perfect burger. Top with whatever condiments suit your fancy. The key here is the beef chuck – it ensures a juicy burger. Another key: do not over form the burger into anything too tight (which is what a meatloaf resembles). Loosely formed burgers = juicy ones. Also, resist the urge to continuously flip the burger! Leave it alone a bit. Place it on a hot grill and leave it 3-5 minutes (depending on how well you like it), then flip it ONCE for another 4-5 minutes or so, and you’re done!
2 lbs ground chuck
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 TBSP canola oil
4 slices cheese (I usually go with blue cheese)
4 hamburger buns, split; toasted, if desired (I am using French Brioche here)
- Divide the meat into 4 – 6 equal portions (about 6-8 oz each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.
- Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with the oil. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness.
- Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese.
- Sandwich the hot burgers between the buns and serve immediately with whatever condiments you love (pickles, lettuce, mustard, mayo etc).