To make a cheeseburger, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 lb. ground beef (80/20 lean-to-fat ratio)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 slices of American cheese or cheddar cheese
- 4 hamburger buns
- Optional toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.
- Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a patty about 1/2-inch thick and slightly larger than the bun. Make a small indentation in the centre of each patty to prevent puffing during cooking.
- Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
- Heat a skillet or grill over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the patties and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side for a medium-rare burger, or longer if you prefer it more well-done.
- During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with a slice of cheese and allow it to melt.
- Toast the hamburger buns if desired.
- Assemble the burgers by placing the cooked patty on the bottom bun, followed by any desired toppings, and then the top bun.
Serve hot, and enjoy!
Note: Always cook ground beef until it has reached 160°F internal temperature to ensure the burgers are fully cooked and safe to eat.
Also, you can make a variation of the cheeseburger by adding some extras ingredient like bacon, avocado, egg, mushrooms, etc. The possibilities are endless regarding cheeseburgers, so feel free to get creative and add whatever toppings you like!