Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
How to grill the best burger
- First, after you form the patty, make a small depression in the center with your thumb (don’t poke your thumb all the way through – we’re not making meat doughnuts here). This will keep the burger from expanding into a hockey puck on the grill.
- Only flip one time on the grill. The more you flip, the more juice you’ll lose. So try to only flip once.
- Never press down on the burger. All you’re doing is squeezing the natural juices out.
- Even better than the grill, my absolute favorite method for maximum juiciness is to cook the burgers on a flat top griddle. This way, you don’t lose anything through the grates. This is especially good when you’re cooking turkey burgers which are naturally less fatty, so you want to try to retain as much fat and juice as possible.
If you want to keep the party outside but want to try the griddle method, just place a griddle or cast iron pan directly onto the grill grates of your barbecue. Best of both worlds!
The secret to the best All-American Burgers
How to serve a classic burger
- American cheese – two slices, always
- Crispy lettuce – go for iceberg
- A thick slice of ripe beefsteak tomato
- Potato chips
For more sandwich recipes, try these:
- Crispy Italian Chicken Sandwich
- Chipotle Chicken Melt Sandwiches
- Hot Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Crispy Onions
For more Memorial Day ideas, try these:
Classic All-American Burger Recipe
- 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
- 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
- freshly ground pepper
- 8 slices American cheese optional
- 1/2 head iceberg lettuce shredded (optional)
- 1 beefsteak tomato sliced thick (optional)
- kettle potato chips optional
- 4 potato rolls
- 1 Tbsp. melted butter for brushing the potato rolls
The Special Sauce
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 Tbsp. sweet relish
- 1 tsp. horseradish
- Combine meat, mayo and fish sauce in a large bowl. Form into 4 patties and make a small depression with your thumb in the center of each patty. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper on both sides.
- Heat a grill or flat top griddle to 375 degrees. Cook according to your preferences, trying to minimize the amount of flips. It will take 6-8 minutes per side for a medium-well burger. Do not press down on the burgers during cooking. Top with American cheese during the last minute of cooking.
- During the last minute of cooking, brush tops of burger buns with melted butter. Grill directly on the grill grates until slightly toasted.
- For the special sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Assemble the burgers: Place the burger onto the bottom half of the bun. Top with special sauce, slice of tomato, some lettuce and potato chips. Top with toasted bun.