The Perfect Basic Burger Recipe

The perfect basic burger starts with high-quality ground beef that’s at least 80% lean and seasoned simply with salt and pepper to enhance its natural flavor. The beef should be formed into patties that are about ¾-inch thick, with a slight dimple in the center to prevent them from puffing up during cooking.

Here’s a recipe for “The Perfect Basic Burger”

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean, 20% fat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Optional toppings: cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, mayo


  1. Preheat a grill or cast-iron skillet over high heat.
  2. In a bowl, gently mix together the ground beef, salt, and black pepper. Be careful not to overwork the meat, as this can make the burgers tough.
  3. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions and form them into patties that are about ¾-inch thick, with a slight dimple in the center.
  4. Once the grill or skillet is hot, add the burgers and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  5. While the burgers are cooking, toast the hamburger buns on the grill or in the oven.
  6. Once the burgers are done, assemble the burgers with the toasted buns and any desired toppings.

Nutrition facts per serving:

  • Calories: 454
  • Fat: 22.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.5g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 982mg
  • Carbohydrates: 27.3g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Sugar: 5.5g
  • Protein: 31.6g

Note: The nutritional values may vary depending on the exact ingredients and toppings used. This recipe for The Perfect Basic Burger is a simple and classic way to enjoy a delicious burger at home.