Oh So Simple Burgers

Do you have 1 pound of ground beef and an onion? Ok, you’ll need burger buns and salt and pepper and trimmings too. This recipe makes two generous burgers or three more moderate ones.

  • 1 pound ground beef (not too lean)
  • 1/2 onion
  • salt and pepper
  • buns and whatever trimmings you like
You’re going to want a large baking pan with roasting racks for this one. (I’m not even sure I’m using the right words here, but heck, a rectangular cake pan with some wire racks is all you need)

Turn on the broiler in your oven, and place the rack so that your patties will be about 3-4 inches from the burner. You need to take into account the height of whatever you are using to broil them in. Then pan and racks I use are about 2 inches tall, so I set mine as close to 5 inches from the coil as I can.

Mince half an onion as fine as you can. Place your beef in a bowl and drop the onion on top of it. Sprinkle on a respectable amount of salt and pepper, according to your personal tastes. Gently mix everything together. Your goal here is not to make goo of the meat, just to get everything kind of introduced. If you have some onion left over, that’s fine. Gently form the meat into patties and place them on the racks in your roasting pan.  Be careful not to over-work the meat.  If you have left-over onion, simply sprinkle it on top of your patties.

Place the hamburger-cooking-apparatus in the oven and broil for about 4 minutes, then flip the burgers and cook for another 4 minutes. If you like your burgers slightly better done than pink-in-the-middle, cook for 5 minutes on each side.

If you’re looking for a cheeseburger, I would add the cheese less than a minute from when you want to pull it out, since the broiler will melt it VERY fast.

I know this recipe seems extremely simple, but I promise that it is quite tasty, and it is a jumping-off point for more complex flavors, if you like, such as adding Ranch flavoring, or even something so simple as adding Worcestershire sauce to the mix.

Thanks, “How to Cook Everything!” (my go-to cookbook)