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Grilled cheeseburger

with lettuce, onion, and tomato
A thick slice of vine-ripened tomato is a signature component of this backyard American classic.

The hamburger is reported to have been invented in Hamburg, NY, in the late 1800’s. In fact, the village of Hamburg still celebrates a “Burgerfest” every summer to celebrate this historical event.

  1 pound lean ground beef
  1 egg
  Pinch of salt
  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  3 tablespoons of dry bread crumbs
  4 slices of American cheese
  4 slices of large beef steak tomato
  4 lettuce leaves
  4 slices of onion
  4 burger buns


Whisk together the egg, salt and black pepper in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs and the ground beef together. Combine the two mixtures together and mix well. Shape the ground beef into 4 even size patties using your hands.

Place your hamburgers on the grill, or fry your burgers in a shallow frying pan on medium high heat. Depending on the thickness of your burgers, allow 5-7 minutes on each side.

Add one cheese slice to each burger about 1 minute before removing burgers from heat, allowing each slice to melt slightly.

Toast buns on the grill.

Place cheeseburger on toasted bun and top with lettuce, onion, and tomato.

Fun Variations

Add bacon, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, and/or grilled chili peppers.

Try different types of cheeses, like Swiss or gorgonzola.

For a healthy alternative, use ground turkey in place of ground beef and use crisp romaine or iceberg lettuce leaves in place of the hamburger bun.

Substitute ketchup with fresh salsa, guacamole, BBQ sauce, or ranch dressing.

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