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Diner Burgers

No recipe image available.Cheeseburgers are an all-time American favorite; roadside diners and little Mom-and-Pop eateries along major traffic routes and state highways made hamburgers famous even before interstate highways became a norm. Toasted buns, sweet tomatoes and crisp lettuce are the other major ingredients.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 slices American processed cheddar cheese (optional)
6 hamburger buns, split and toasted

Suggested Toppings:
Romaine lettuce leaves
Tomato slices
Onion slices
Dill pickle slices

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat a grill according to type of grill (allow coals to become white) before cooking.
  2. Divide equally and lightly form ground beef into 6 patties. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Adjust grill rack to correct height for cooking on medium-hot.
  4. Place beef patties onto a medium-hot grill for about 5 minutes for medium-rare or 7 to 8 minutes for medium, turning twice. During last minute of cooking (medium-rare or medium) place equal portions of cheese onto meat patties (for those who want cheeseburgers); allow cheese to soften.
  5. Meanwhile split hamburger buns and toast on sides of grill or under broiler.
  6. Serve burgers on toasted buns layered with desired toppings.

Makes 6 servings.