A Simple Classic American Burger Recipe

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How to make the classic American beef burger.

The classic american burger is well loved across the globe. What’s so great about the classic American burger is that it’s nothing fancy. Oftentimes, the most simple ingredients, put together well, result in the best tasting foods.  We have an easy to follow recipe so you can cook the classic American burger from your very own home.

What Type of ground beef should I use?

When buying beef, you want to avoid beef that is lean when making a burger as it requires the fat to make a good American patty. The fat in your patty is also needed for the flavour – miss it out and you’ll end up with something quite bland and unexciting.  

What hamburger bun should I use?

Believe it or not, choosing the correct bun for your patty makes all the difference when making the best classic American burger. A cheap or stale bun will be dry and tasteless and, if you’re using a frozen bun, it’ll likely fall apart as you’re eating it. You should use a quality bun that is freshly made on that day. Good Hamburger buns include:

  • Plain
  • Potato buns
  • Brioche
  • Seaseed seed
  • No1 glazed brioche

(A pretzel bun will be too hard).

Kitchen utensils:

This classic American burger recipe requires minimal utensils:

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • A large frying pan or BBQ
  • chopping board
  • 1 sharp knife

Classic American Burger Recipe



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  • 14 oz ground chuck beef

  • 6 burger buns

  • 4 large gherkins

  • 1 lettuce

  • 2 large tomatoes

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 tablespoons of sweet mustard

  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

  • Salt and pepper


  • Cut the onion and gherkins into thin slices
  • Cut the ground beef into 6 equal parts. With your hands, mold the beef into burger patty shapes and then season well with salt and pepper on both sides
  • Mix the mayonnaise, ketchup and sweet mustard together to make a burger sauce
  • Place the burgers in the frying pan (or on the BBQ) and turn on a medium heat. Turn the burgers every minute until evenly cooked on both sides (don’t press on your patty, you’ll push all the yummy juices out)
  • Once the burger is cooked, place on to a bun and layer with the gherkins, lettuce, tomatoes and onions
  • Add the burger sauce and you’re good to go

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