- Combine the ground chuck, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly, using your hands. Shape the mixture into four patties, each 3/4-inch thick in the center and at the edges. (Even thickness ensures even cooking and prevents the edges from the drying out before the center is cooked).
- Place the patties on the grill. Grill for 7 to 10 minutes per side, turning once. (According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, all ground meat should be cooked to at least medium doneness - 160 degrees - or until the center of the patty is no longer pink.) Make a small incision in the center of the each patty to determine doneness.
- Toast the buns by placing them, split side down, on the edges of the grill grid for about 1 minute until lightly browned.
- Remove the burgers from the grill and serve on toasted hamburger buns.
Italian Burger: Add the following ingredients to the ground meat mixture: 1 egg yolk, 1/4 cup grated onion, 1 large clove garlic minced, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried crushed basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Place grated Parmesan cheese on top of each burger (if desired) about 2 minutes before the burger is done and grill until the cheese melts.
Add the following ingredients to the ground meat mixture: 1/4 cup finely chopped onion, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper, 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve on toasted buns or in warmed tortillas with a prepared tomato salsa or taco sauce, and slices of ripe avocado.
Asian Spiced Burger:Add the following ingredients to the ground meat mixture: 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions, 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce, 1 large clove garlic, minced, and salt and pepper to taste. Serves: 4