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Classic American Cheeseburger

The secret to these easy burgers is using a blend of different types of ground meat to give the burgers amazing flavor, while keeping them tender. You can ask a butcher to grind them for you, or some grocery stores sell their own unique burger blends.

Tasty Team
July 19, 2022
Total Time

20 minutes

20 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

10 minutes

10 min

Classic American Cheeseburger
Total Time

20 minutes

20 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

10 minutes

10 min

Classic American Cheeseburger

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 12 oz 80% lean ground beef (350 g)
  • 6 oz ground beef short rib (175 g)
  • 6 oz ground beef brisket rib (175 g)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For Serving

  • 4 slices beefsteak tomatoes
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • dijon mustard

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 786
  • Fat 45g
  • Carbs 41g
  • Fiber 26g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Protein 48g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, gently mix together the ground chuck, short rib, and brisket with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon ground pepper.
  2. Shape the meat into 4 equal patties about 4½ inches wide and 1 inch thick. Use your thumb to press an indentation into the center of each patty to prevent a bubble from forming in the center when cooking. Generously season the tops and sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Spread about ½ tablespoon of butter onto each cut side of the hamburger buns. Working in batches, toast the buns, buttered-side down, for about 2 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add a thin layer of canola oil to the pan and cook the burgers for 4 minutes on one side, until nicely browned. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side. Top each burger with a slice of cheese and cover the pan with a lid. Cook until the cheese is melted and the internal temperature of the burgers reaches 135°F (57°C), another 1–2 minutes.
  5. Assemble the burgers: Place a burger patty on each toasted bun, then top with a slice of tomato and red onion, lettuce, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. Serve immediately.
  6. Enjoy!
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