The Best Burgers Ever!

Serves: 4
1 pound ground beef (85% lean)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Mayonnaise, for grilling buns and for serving
4 seeded hamburger buns
4 slices cheddar cheese
1 Beefsteak tomato, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds
Dill pickle slices, for serving
Shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving
Ketchup or Mayonnaise

Preheat grill for direct-heat cooking. Gently form beef into 4 patties, each 4-1/2 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick (do no overwork meat or patties will be tough). Season generously with salt and pepper. With your thumb, press an indentation in the center of each patty so that they will cook evenly on the grill.

Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise onto the cut side of each bun.

Place patties on grill and grill uncovered, until browned on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip, top each with a slice of cheese, cover grill, and cook until cheese is melted and patties are medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate. Place buns on grill cut-side down; cook just until lightly toasted and golden brown in places, about 1 minute.

Dress the cut side of each bottom bun with ketchup and or mayonnaise, then top with patties. Place a tomato slice on top of each patty and season with salt. Stack with pickles and lettuce. Dress cut side of top buns with ketchup and or mayonnaise and serve immediately.


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