Perfect Hamburger

by Erin

When you just need a classic burger that pairs well with just about any toppings, this is it.

Perfect Hamburger

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Hardly ever do I mix up hamburger meat the same each time. Mostly due to the fact that I add in whatever sounds good at the moment, or that I have on hand. This recipe may break that pattern.

It’s just a simple combination of beef, onion, and garlic, with a little bit of salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Sometimes the simple things are the best and this burger is a great example of that.

Pretzel Roll Burger

These burgers also lend themselves to being assembled with whatever your heart desires, from the bun, to the actual toppings, and even side dishes. So if you’re looking for a good burger for a crowd, this is it. Lay out the topping options and let people dig in.

I served mine with sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, and lettuce, all stacked between a pretzel roll and with a side of oven-fried onion rings one time and  a side of mac and cheese and baked beans on another occasion (and I am sure many other options that were not documented for the blog). Dinner is served!

Post updated 7/1/20, photo above is the original.

Bonus material: If you head over to Williams-Sonoma there are suggestions for changing this basic recipe into other flavor combinations.

Perfect Hamburger


Yield: 4 servings Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 lb ground chuck or ground lean beef
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 or 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Any toppings desired


  1. In a large bowl mix together the beef, yellow onion, garlic, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the mixture into 4 patties, each 3/4 inch thick.
  2. Grill the hamburgers directly over medium-high heat, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Check for doneness by cutting into a hamburger near the center. No pink should show on the inside. If making cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on top of each hamburger during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  3. During the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, toast the hamburger buns, cut side down, on the grill. Serve the hamburgers on the buns with desired toppings.
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Source: Williams-Sonoma

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Pretzel Rolls June 29, 2020 - 3:30 pm

[…] hit (pictured served with my Perfect Hamburger)! Definitely going to be making these more often instead of taking the easy way out and buying […]


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