The Perfect Basic Burger

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Indulge in the simple yet satisfying goodness of The Perfect Basic Burger. This classic recipe offers a juicy and flavorful burger that is easy to make and always hits the spot. Whether you’re grilling for a backyard barbecue or whipping up a quick meal, this basic burger recipe is a staple that never disappoints.

Why Make This Recipe

Making The Perfect Basic Burger is a great choice for burger lovers who appreciate a traditional, no-fuss approach. With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, this recipe allows you to enjoy the pure, unadulterated taste of a well-seasoned beef patty in every bite.

How to Make The Perfect Basic Burger


  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup fine dry bread crumbs


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Whisk together the egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the ground beef and bread crumbs, and mix with your hands or a fork until well blended.
  4. Form the mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.
  5. Place the patties on the preheated grill. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Use an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center, which should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

How to Serve The Perfect Basic Burger

Serve the cooked burger patties on a toasted bun with your favorite condiments and toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, ketchup, and mustard. Pair it with a side of crispy fries, coleslaw, or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

How to Store The Perfect Basic Burger

If you have leftovers, store the cooked burger patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in a skillet or microwave until warmed through before serving.

Tips to Make The Perfect Basic Burger

  • Handle the ground beef mixture gently to avoid compacting the meat, which can result in tough burgers.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the burgers reach a safe internal temperature without overcooking.
  • Customize your burgers by adding extra seasonings like garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, or chopped onions for enhanced flavor.


For a lighter option, you can use ground turkey or chicken in place of beef for a leaner burger. Additionally, you can experiment with different types of bread crumbs or seasonings to suit your taste preferences.


  1. Can I grill these burgers indoors? Yes, you can cook the burgers on a stovetop grill pan or in a skillet if you don’t have access to an outdoor grill.
  2. Can I freeze uncooked burger patties? Yes, you can shape the patties and freeze them individually on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag for longer storage.
  3. Can I make smaller or larger patties with this recipe? Absolutely, feel free to adjust the size of the patties to suit your preferences, just ensure they cook through properly.

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