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Basic Burger

Basic Burgers

  • Author: Terryn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers 1x


A burger that doesn’t require a grill or any fancy ingredients.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Your favorite seasoning, we use Tom’s Steak Rub
  • 4 buns
  • Sliced cheese of choice

Optional Toppings

  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Basically anything you like to put on burgers


  1. Divide the ground beef into 4 equal parts. Form patties that are about ½ inch thick. Sprinkle the patties with your seasoning of choice (Tom’s Steak Rub is a good one, hint hint ??) as liberally or scantly as you’d like.
  2. Heat a large skillet (we like to use cast iron) over high heat. If you aren’t using cast iron or non-stick, but rather stainless steel, add a little oil in the bottom of the skillet to prevent sticking. Once the skillet is hot, add the patties and cook 3-4 minutes on each side until nicely seared.
  3. Check the internal temperature. If it has reached 160 degrees, you’re good to go. If it’s less than that, put the burgers on a baking sheet and place in a 350-degree oven until the internal temperature reaches 160. I typically like to get a good sear and finish my basic burgers off in the oven.
  4. Turn the oven off, top the burgers with cheese, leave them in the cooling oven just long enough to start melting the cheese.
  5. Once the cheese is perfectly melty, remove the burgers from the oven, place them on buns, and add the desired toppings. Enjoy!