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The Perfect Burger
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5 from 2 votes

The Perfect Burger

The perfect burger, juicy and full of flavor.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, cheeseburger
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 350kcal
Cost: $10


  • Cast iron skillet


  • 1 lb. ground chuck, 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Classic Toppings:

  • sliced onion
  • 4 large slices Beefsteak or vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese, American cheese, or muenster
  • 4 slices Iceberg, romaine, or green-leaf lettuce
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise


  • Prepare your toppings and condiments.
  • Gently shape the ground beef into 4 equal patties that are about an inch larger in circumference than your bun, ¼ lb. each. Press a divot into the center of the patties.
  • Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet. Once the skillet is very hot, add the patties and season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste. Cook for about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare (135° on a meat thermometer) or about 5 minutes per side for medium-well (150° on a meat thermometer).
  • Let the patties rest for 5 minutes before serving. Toast the buns with butter, if desired, and add the toppings of your choice. Be sure to read the post above for detailed instructions.


Calories: 350kcal