american classic burgers
PREP TIME 20 mins, plus chilling, COOK TIME 10 mins
14oz (400g) good-quality ground beef
1⁄2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
1 egg yolk
1⁄2 red onion, finely chopped
1⁄2 tsp dried mustard powder
1⁄2 tsp celery salt
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
freshly ground black pepper
4 burger buns, halved
1 head lettuce, shredded
2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 small red onion, finely sliced
1 pickle, finely sliced
1⁄4 cup No-cook spicy summer relish
1 Prepare a grill for cooking. In a large bowl, mix together all the burger ingredients until well combined.
2 With damp hands (to help stop the mixture sticking to your fingers), divide the mixture into 4 balls and roll each between your palms until smooth. Flatten each ball out into a large, fat disk to a thickness of 11⁄4in (3cm), and pat the edges in to tidy them up.
3 Place the burgers on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 30 minutes (this will help them to keep their shape during cooking).
4 Cook over a hot grill for 6–8 minutes, turning as needed, until the meat is springy to the touch and the edges charred. While the hamburgers are grilling, grill the buns for 1–2 minutes on the insides only, until lightly charred. Serve the burgers and buns with a selection of accompaniments, and let everyone assemble their own burgers as they prefer.
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