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Classic Beef Burger

The perfect, classic American cheeseburger. It takes just a few ingredients and some technique to make this juicy, mouthwatering burger!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 patties


Beef Patty

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepepr
  • 1 halved onion for seasoning grill

Sriracha Mayo Sauce (optional)

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp siracha
  • 2 tbsp finely diced white onion


  • Remove ground beef from package and gently, but quickly form into thin, even patties. It's very important to not over mix. Press thumb in the middle of the patty to make an indent. Do not season patties yet.
  • Place formed patties into fridge until the grill is heated and ready. Heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Once grill is ready, season the grill with half of an onion. Use tongs to hold the onion and run it up and down on the grill grates with the flat side of the cut onion. This will prevent sticking and also add flavor to the patties!
  • Remove the patties from the fridge right before placing on the grill, season generously, front and back with salt and pepper. Place on grill for about 3 minutes, until a crust forms and then flip for another 4-5 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees for medium. If using cheese: place it on the patty for the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • Remove from the grill and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • Mix ingredients for siracha mayo, if desired and build your burger with any other desired toppings! I love the classic, american cheese, pickles, fresh onions, and a slice of tomato!


Indoor Burger: Follow the steps above, but instead, heat 1/2 tbsp avocado oil in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat until hot. Once the cast iron skillet is hot, season the beef patties and place in the skillet. Allow a crust to form on bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Once the patty can release without sticking, flip for another 3-4 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees for medium. Pile with favorite toppings and enjoy!
Keyword bbq, beef, burger, summer