Classic Backyard Burgers

By David Glasser

Time: 20 minutes

Simply put: hamburgers are one of the most American foods you can prepare. Traditionally the staple dish of a Memorial Day cookout or Independence Day barbecue, hamburgers unite us through our love for America and our appreciation of friends and family, regardless of political ideology.

As we Pause Politics, we must come together through our love of food. A delicious burger is the hallmark of a good meal, and continues to serve as a symbol of unity in our celebrations of America, and each other. This great recipe will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.


  • 1 1/2 pounds 80% lean ground beef chuck

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 8 thin slices cheddar cheese (optional)

  • 4 soft sesame buns, split

  • Lettuce and tomato, for topping (optional)


  1. Sprinkle the ground beef evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gently form the meat into 4 balls, then lightly press into 4-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick patties. Make a 2-inch-wide indentation in the center of each with your thumb to prevent the burgers from bulging when grilled.

  2. Preheat the grill to high. Season the patties with salt and pepper. Grill, undisturbed, until marked on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and grill until the other side is marked and the patties feel firm, 3 to 5 more minutes; if desired, top each burger with 2 slices cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking and cover with a disposable aluminum pan to melt.

  3. Serve on buns, top as needed and enjoy!

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