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How To Make Hamburgers (The RIGHT Way)

Get all the tips, tricks, and secrets to making flavorful, juicy hamburgers. You can't go wrong with this easy, fool-proof method.
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Hamburgers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 401kcal
Author Erica Walker

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground chuck (70% lean 30% fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons burger or steak seasoning (or to taste)
  • 8 slices cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium to medium-high heat (400-450 degrees. Some grills burn extra hot so adjust accordingly.) and place seasoned griddle over the top of the grill grates. Gently divide the beef into 8 equal clumps, do not over-handle (see notes above).
    When griddle is hot, spray with cooking spray and place a clump of beef on the griddle, pressing down slightly with hands.
    Ground beef on a cast iron griddle to make a hamburger
  • Season with salt and burger seasonings to taste (just a sprinkle of salt and about 1/4 teaspoon seasoning). Spray the burger press with cooking spray and press down on the beef making it flat. Keep the press on for about 30-seconds to 1 minute.
    Ground beef on a cast iron griddle with seasonings
  • Spray the burger press with cooking spray and press down on the beef making it flat. Keep the press on for about 30-seconds to 1 minute.
    A cast iron burger press pressing down on a hamburger over the grill
  • Remove the press and flip the burger. Season the cooked side with a little salt and seasoning and then press down with the press again for another minute or until you reach your desired doneness.
    A hamburger patty cooking on the grill with seasonings on top
  • Add cheese (optional) and remove burger from grill. Place burger on a plate and cover with foil for 3-5 minutes (if you added cheese, make sure the foil doesn't touch the cheese... it will stick).
    A hamburger patty on the grill with a slice of cheese over the top
  • Serve with hamburger buns and your favorite burger toppings and condiments.
    An open faced hamburger bun layered with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and sliced onion over the top

Nutrition

Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 334mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 2mg