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The Simple Burger

Sometimes we like to get fancy here at Inside Tailgating. A tailgate is a great time to explore the cooking and baking boundaries that are possible. It is okay to soar to new heights of culinary delights. We love it. Throw a fancy sushi appetizer in along with your relish slaw. Add a cream cheese brownie pie to your homemade ice cream treat. All that is good. In fact it is perfect.

But sometimes you just need to go simple. Sometimes a simple everyday hamburger is just fine. Next time you can make the 100% steak burger recipe you have been wanting to try. Or add the black truffles or fancy, dancy mushroom next time. But today we want a simple no nonsense burger.

And here is a couple simple ones:


No Fuss Hamburger Recipe



  • 1 pound (450 g) ground beef chuck or round
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Butter, as needed


  1. Form beef into three 5 to 6 ounce hamburger patties. Use your thumb to imprint a dimple into the middle of each burger. (This prevents the middle of the burgers from puffing up while cooking). Season both sides of the hamburgers with salt and pepper.Hamburger-Recipe-Step-1
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Cook hamburger patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you like it.
  3. Rest burgers covered loosely with aluminum foil for 5 minutes then serve on a buttered bun with lettuce, tomatoes and onion (or how you like it).


Burger of the Gods



  • 8 ounces chuck, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces sirloin, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • In separate batches, pulse the chuck and the sirloin in a food processor 10 times.
  • Combine the chuck, sirloin, and kosher salt in a large bowl.
  • Form the meat into 5-ounce patties.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place the hamburger patties in the pan.
  • For medium-rare burgers, cook the patties for 4 minutes on each side. For medium burgers, cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side.
  • Flip the burgers only once during cooking.


Simple Seasoned-Just-Right Beef Burgers



  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Burger Seasoning
  • 4  hamburger buns, for serving


  1. Combine ground beef and seasoning blend in a bowl and mix gently but thoroughly to combine. Divide mixture into 4 even portions and pat each portion into a flattened patty.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high. Grill beef burgers about 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare.
  3. Alternatively, heat a broiler to 500 degrees F and position an oven rack about 6 inches from the broiler unit.
  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and position an ovenproof rack on top of the baking sheet. Place the burgers on the rack and broil until just cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes
  5. Remove and serve burgers on buns garnished with desired condiments.
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