The Perfect Hamburger

Use your imagination to jazz up a classic hamburger any way you want. For an Asian twist, omit the Worcestershire sauce and salt, add a dash of soy sauce, and use chopped green onion instead of yellow onion. For a French-style hamburger, omit the Worcestershire sauce, halve the salt, and add 1 Tbs. each of crumbled blue cheese and chopped mushrooms along with a dash of red wine. For a Provençal flavor, omit the Worcestershire sauce, double the garlic, and add 1 Tbs. each of chopped dried tomatoes and pitted black olives. Vary the garnishes along with the seasonings. For health reasons, all ground meat should be cooked at least to the medium-well stage.

The Perfect Hamburger

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  • 1

    lb. ground chuck or ground lean beef

  • 2

    Tbs. finely chopped yellow onion

  • 1

    tsp. minced garlic

  • 1

    tsp. salt

  • 1

    ⁄2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

  • 1

    or 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

  • 4

    slices cheddar or Swiss cheese (optional)

  • 4

    hamburger buns, split

  • Sliced tomato for serving

  • Sliced sweet white onion, such as Maui, Vidalia or Walla Walla, for serving

  • Torn lettuce for serving

  • Sliced dill pickle for serving

  • Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard or other condiments of your choice for serving


Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, yellow onion, garlic, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the mixture into 4 patties, each 3⁄4 inch thick. Grill the hamburgers directly over medium-high heat, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Check for doneness by cutting into a hamburger near the center or testing with an instant-read thermometer. No pink should show on the inside, and the internal temperature should register at least 160°F on an instant-read thermometer. If making cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on top of each hamburger during the last 3 minutes of cooking. During the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, toast the hamburger buns, cut side down, on the grill. Serve the hamburgers on the buns with tomato, white onion, lettuce, dill pickle and condiments.


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