Optional Hamburger toppings: Lettuce, Sliced tomato, Sliced red onions, Sliced American or cheddar cheese, Pickles, Ketchup, mustard
Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat (about 450 degrees).
Place the ground beef in a large bowl and sprinkle on the salt, pepper and olive oil. Mash the meat with clean hands several times until combined.
Again using your hands, form 4 equal sized patties from the ground beef. They will shrink up quite a bit on the grill, so you want to make them fairly large, about 4” across and less than an inch thick. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of the patty.
Place patties directly over the heat, indent side up. Close the lid and grill for about 4 minutes per side. The actual cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your burgers, and the heat of the grill. The internal temperature of the meat should be at least 160 degrees F. Top burger with cheese during the last 1-2 minutes if desired.
Transfer hamburgers to a clean plate and cover with foil (optional) to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
I use a kitchen scale to make sure that I have patties of equal size and weight. Using the amounts in this recipes, you'll have burger patties of 6 ounces in weight.
Nutritional information is approximate and includes only the hamburger patties. No optional ingredients are included.
You can use a higher fat ground beef if you like. I prefer to keep the meat lean and add olive oil as the fat to keep the calories and fat down.
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