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Classic Cheeseburger

Classic CheeseburgerFor 'diner authenticity', toast the hamburger buns, split-side down, in the skillet until nicely browned and the edges have a wonderful crispy texture.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 to 1 1/4 pounds top quality ground beef chuck
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 thin slices Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
Suggested Toppings: sliced onion, sliced dill pickles, sliced tomato, lettuce, mustard, ketchup

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large bowl, gently mix ground beef, salt and pepper. Shape into four (4-inch) patties, about 1/2-inch thick.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Place patties in skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes. Using spatula, turn.
  3. Top each patty with 2 cheddar cheese slices, overlapping. Cook 4 to 5 minutes for medium doneness and until cheese is melted.
  4. Place each patty on a toasted bun bottom. Add desired toppings and bun top.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.