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Classic Hamburger

Written By: Shantel Whitford

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds 80% lean 20% fat ground beef or ground chuck
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsps seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Optional: hamburger toppings – cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.


Preheat the grill to 375 degrees F (medium-high).

In a large bowl, add the beef. Sprinkle evenly with the Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use your hands to mix the ingredients until they are just combined.

Divide the meat mixture into fourths. Take 1/4 of the meat mixture and use your hands to press it into the shape of a hamburger patty that is about 3/4 inch thick. Make an indention in the middle of the patty to prevent bulging in the center of the hamburger as it cooks. Repeat with the remaining meat mixture, making 4 hamburgers.

Place the burgers on the grill. Cook 4-5 minutes on the first side. Flip the burgers over and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, until the burgers have reached the desired doneness.

If adding cheese, lay a slice of cheese on each burger patty about 1 minute before taking the burgers off the grill, so the cheese has a chance to melt.

Serve the burgers on hamburger buns with optional hamburger toppings.

This is one of our favorite dinners. It is quick and easy, and the kids love to build their burgers. Most of our kids like to eat doubles! Our youngest also loves to get in there and mix up the ground beef before it gets made into patties. These can be cooked out on the grill or in a pan on your stovetop. If you are going to cook them out on the grill, it helps to put them in the freezer for 15 min before you plan on grilling to help them hold together.


About The Author

My name is Shantel Whitford, and I am a proud member of the Kalispel Tribe and professional chef. I am excited to share with you recipes and healthy ways to prepare food from the market to feed your families. I have been cooking since I was three, when my grandmothers had me up at the stove helping. They inspired my passion for food, and I am looking forward to helping ignite your creativity when it comes to feeding your family.

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