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Classic Hamburger

Sink your teeth into this classic hamburger! Juicy beef, melty cheese, and all the fixings make it the ultimate comfort food that never goes out of style.

Tasty Team
93% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Classic Hamburger

Under 30 minutes


for 2 hamburgers

  • 12 oz ground beef (340 g)
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 slices cheese, such as swiss, cheddar, or american, optional
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • topping of your choice, for serving

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 759
  • Fat 39g
  • Carbs 40g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Protein 54g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Divide the beef into 2 patties, each about ¾-inch (2 cm) thick and 3 ½ inches (9 cm) in diameter. Transfer the patties to a plate or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the patties from the fridge and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil to the pan and swirl to evenly coat. Place the patties in the skillet and cook, undisturbed, on the first side for 5 minutes, until a brown crust forms.
  4. Flip the patties, top each with a slice of cheese (optional), and cook, undisturbed, until the patties are browned on the other side, the cheese is melted, and the meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes more for medium-well doneness.
  5. Remove the patties from the pan and transfer to a clean cutting board. Let rest for about 5 minutes.
  6. Place the burger patties on buns and serve with your favorite toppings and sauces.
  7. Enjoy!
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Classic Hamburger