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.
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
Romaine lettuce leaves
Dill pickle slices
- Heat a grill according to type of grill (allow coals to become white) before cooking.
- Divide equally and lightly form ground beef into 6 patties. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Adjust grill rack to correct height for cooking on medium-hot.
- 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.
- Meanwhile split hamburger buns and toast on sides of grill or under broiler.
- Serve burgers on toasted buns layered with desired toppings.
Makes 6 servings.