All-American Cheeseburger

When you visit a new restaurant what is the first thing you try on the menu? I can tell you what I pick most of the time- A good ol’ cheeseburger and french fries. If that restaurant can give me a juicy, cheesy, delightfully charred burger on a fresh sturdy bun then they have my stamp of approval.

What do you picture when you think of a classic cheese burger? A hearty sized burger, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, red onion, bacon (if I’m lucky enough to find a restaurant with turkey bacon) and pickles. Simple and perfect.

All-American Cheeseburgers

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds (80/20) ground beef
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked until crisp
  • Additional toppings: lettuce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard
  • 6 sturdy hamburger buns

Directions: Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Divide the beef into 6 patties, use your thumb to form a small indent into each patty, this helps prevent the patty from puffing up and turning into a little ball. Drizzle the patties lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with the other side. Once the grill is preheated place the patties on the grill and cook 5-6 minutes, flip and cook another 5-6 minutes or until they have reached the desired temperature. During the last minute of cooking top each patty with a slice of cheese and allow it to melt. Remove the burgers from the grill.

Build your burger with a sturdy bun topped with the fresh off the grill burger, a slice of tomato, red onion, 2 slices of bacon, lettuce, pickles, and a healthy swirl of ketchup and mustard.  Enjoy!

Step-by-Step Photos

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Here’s all you need to make yourself the best classic burger in town. A buncha beef and all of the classic toppings you can stand!

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Cook up a mess of bacon. Don’t worry little turkey bacon, no one is going to make fun of you!

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Form the meat into 6 patties and use your thumb to form a well into the center of each patty.

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Drizzle some oil on each patty and season generously with salt and pepper. Repeat with the other side.

You want this meat to be well seasoned!

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Preheat the grill to medium high heat, meanwhile prep the rest of your toppings. Sometimes I like to make things look pretty.

We pretend we’re fancy once in a while.

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Look look! I made homemade hamburger buns!

These were so gosh darn tasty, I can’t wait to share the recipe with you sometime soon.

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Once the grill is preheated plop those glorious burgers onto the grill and cook them to your desired doneness.

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During the last minute top each patty with a slice of cheddar.

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Continue cooking until the cheese is melted.

Oh so splendid and *cough cough* a little smokey.

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Once the burgers are finished assemble all of the toppings.

It’s sweet corn season and we’re taking every opportunity to indulge.

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Start with your bun. If you’re feeling ambitious, try your hand at making your own hamburger buns. You won’t believe how much it elevates a simple burger to a whole new level.

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I am so proud of these!

Sorry, I’m done gushing. Maybe.

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Since we’re sticking to the classic All-American theme feel free to use copious amounts of ketchup and mustard.

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A slice from a magnificent ripe tomato.

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A slice of red onion…

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Your crisp perfect bacon… Come to mama…

Sorry, I got a little carried away.

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A crisp slice of lettuce…

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Last, but not least, sliced dill pickles. I have always been a pickle fiend. Give me all of the pickles!

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Oh lawdy, I had to unhinge my jaw to take the biggest bite of my life.

I tell you what, those buns were practically perfect in every way. Okay, okay I am officially done gushing now.

Sometimes something so classic and simple can be the most delicious. That seems to be my motto but if it means I get to have as many of these burgers as I want then it is worth it!

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