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The Perfect Basic Burger Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

The Perfect Basic Burger

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"Nothing beats a simple hamburger on a warm summer evening! Ground beef is blended with an easy to prepare bread crumb mixture. Pile these burgers with your favorite condiments, pop open a cool drink and enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 4 hamburger patties Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    16 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, salt and pepper. Place ground beef and bread crumbs into the mixture. With hands or a fork, mix until well blended. Form into 4 patties approximately 3/4 inch thick.
  3. Place patties on the prepared grill. Cover and cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, or to desired doneness.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 27, 2008

I was somewhat hesitant to try this recipe after seeing that it had only 3.5 stars (I know, 3.5 - I don't like wasting food). However, I tried it, as I wanted a plain burger that I could top with ketchup, mustard, onions, and pickles - in other words traditional toppings. I'm not one for fish burgers or anything gourmand-like like that. To the user that said that this burger was tasteless, I would say that the burger would be tasteless by itself and with no condiments. However, I added a slice of cheese (let it melt a bit under the burger patty), pickles, ketchup, mustard, a couple slices of onions, and wow. It was great. Let me just say that I won't be going to Burger King for a while. This burger tasted great - it tasted so juicy and meaty! I had one for lunch and one for dinner. Deelish.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 14, 2003

This is just that the perfect basic burger, nothing fancy and really a rather plain taste. However, if you are planning on dressing it up with toppings it is the way to go as your hamburger patty will not compete with the toppings.

Apr 20, 2009

This is exactly as stated "a perfect basic burger". It's simple and if you look at the ingredients the flavor will come from the beef you use, so use a good grade of beef. It also holds the burger together well on the grill. It's almost like what McDonald's uses. This is the perfect base to add some really great condiments. I used cheese, pickles, finely chopped onion, lettuce, tomato and "Best Burger Sauce" from this site. I normally don't do that with other burger recipes from this site because they stand on their own due to the amount of seasonings, spices and other additions. Those call for just lettuce, tomato and bun. You don't want to ruin the flavor with a bunch of condiments. If you're looking for a lot of spice this isn't for you. If you want to experiment with some different toppings or condiments this is the burger to try it on!

Jul 30, 2008

This is a BASIC recipe, very few ingredients so what would you expect? A lot of the taste will come from the ground beef you are using, low grade ground beef will yield a pretty much bland tasting burger. You should always use a good ground beef for plain hamburgers, use good, you get good. Simple. These are great tasting.

Sep 17, 2007

Simple, traditional, and good for the masses because it's versatile. I served them at a casual cook-out of family and friends. If you are looking for a non-traditional, gourmet burger then this recipe is not for you. I made as directed. Those guests that wanted cheese added cheese, those that wanted onion added onion, etc. Just like it reads, this was the perfect basic burger.

May 07, 2008

It was the description that made me want to make these! Since the weather was so nice - I decided to barbecue. A simple recipe but I added some fresh spinach leaves and cheese which dressed it up.

Feb 06, 2004

Tasteless. Just add your favorite seasonings to the meat and a little liquid smoke for the perfect burger.

Feb 12, 2003

Easy, quick, and tastes great!


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  • Calories
  • 318 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 125 mg
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 27.5 g
  • 55%
  • Sodium
  • 475 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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