Oftentimes, it’s best to stick to the basics, and while meat lovers can enjoy the tasty and usually healthier alternatives to their favorite beef burgers, the substitutes don’t always cut it — you need to kick your craving the right way. We’re rounding up six of the best beef hamburger recipes to make during grilling season. There aren’t any veggie, chicken, or turkey burgers on this list, but there is a lot of red meat, and even a little bit of bacon. Serve your burgers with a salad and feel good about your beef and greens.
1. Classic Beef Burger
The best thing about beef burgers is that they’re easy and require only a handful of ingredients. Martha Stewart has a recipe she calls the “best beef burger” and it only enlists 3 main ingredients: ground chuck, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Combine your ingredients, season with salt and pepper, and then form your beef into patties. The burgers will take less than 10 minutes to grill and you can serve them on buns with any garnishes you like.
- 2 pounds ground chuck
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Coarse salt and pepper
- 4 hamburger buns
Directions: Heat grill to high. In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine beef, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into four 1-inch-thick patties.
Place patties on hottest part of grill; sear until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move patties to cooler part of grill; continue grilling until desired doneness, 4 to 8 minutes per side.
Split the hamburger buns and toast on the grill if you like; place a burger on each bun and serve with the desired accompaniments.