Classic Juicy Hamburger Recipe

Ingredients: – 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck (80/20)* – 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper – 1 teaspoon salt – 2 teaspoons paprika – 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar – 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder – 1/4 teaspoon onion powder – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Toppings: – 6 buns, toasted, if desired – 6 slices cheddar cheese, or your favorite cheese – 6 lettuce leave – 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced – 1/2 of a red or white onion, thinly sliced – 6 pickle slice

Instructions: 1. Make the burger seasoning by combining all spices in a bowl. Set aside.

Divide the ground chuck into 6 equal portions and gently form into 1/2 inch thick patties that are wider than the burger buns (as they will shrink). 

Use your thumb to press an indentation into the center of each patty. Cover and set aside.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Just before cooking, sprinkle seasoning over the patties, then place on the hot grill, indent-side up.

Close the grill lid and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the bottom of the burger is seared and juices are accumulating on top of the burger.

Flip the burgers and cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until the beef reaches 160 degrees F.

Place cheese on the burgers during the last minute of cooking. Remove to a plate and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving in a bun, with toppings.