the best hamburger

2 Secrets for the Best Hamburger

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 4 -8 hamburgers
2 secrets for the best hamburger! Are you still buying ground beef in the package and pressing the meat out into a disc? Stop! Let's try a new way.


  • 2 lbs 60%chuck 40% brisket ground by your butcher
  • 4 Challah buns unless you decide to do one burger per bun, then 8
  • American Cheese
  • Vlasic Bread and Butter or your favorite Pickles
  • Butter
  • Salt


  • Heat your grill to high heat.
  • Prepare the meat by sectioning it into 8 balls and gently pressing into patties. Be so careful to not handle the meat much as the more you handle it the tougher your burger will be.
  • Sprinkle salt on the tops of the burgers and allow to rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Open the grill and place salt side down on the grill.
  • Salt the other side and add a dot of butter (like a teaspoon or so).
  • Grill on each side for 2-3 minutes for medium rare, 3-4 for medium (how I like it) and 5-6 for well done. see note The last minute of cooking add the cheese to each burger and close the lid to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Meanwhile, slice open the challah buns and butter each half.
  • When you add the cheese add the buns, insides down to the grill.
  • Grill only until grill marks appear.
  • Remove the buns from the grill and place two patties on the bottom bun.
  • Top with pickles and top lid of the bun.
  • Enjoy!


I know that burgers make people nervous, but with good quality meat and a smart cook it's really ok to not cook to well done every time. In fact, you'll have more flavor if you don't cook it to well done. Also, the flatter your patty the more juices will escape. Make it in a domed shape to help it not shrink up.
Nutrition Facts
2 Secrets for the Best Hamburger
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 458
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 129.1mg43%
Carbohydrates 22.5g8%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24.2g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.