All American Grilled Hamburgers

6 servings


  1. 2 1/4 pounds ground round, chuck or sirloin
  2. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  5. 6 hamburger buns
  6. 1 onion, cut into 6 thick slices
  7. Toppings:
  8. 1 head red leaf lettuce, washed and leaves separated
  9. 1 medium tomato, cut into 6 slices
  10. 12 slices dill pickle or sweet pickle slices
  11. 12 strips cooked bacon
  12. Ketchup
  13. Mustard
  14. Mayonnaise
  15. 6 slices cheddar cheese

Preheat grill and oil the grate. Divide the meat into 6 equal portions. Lightly wet hands with cold water and form each portion of meat into a round 4- inch patty.

Brush one side of the onion slices lightly with olive oil and season onions and patties with salt and pepper; place on grill. After 5 minutes, turn patties with spatula and continue grilling until nicely browned and cooked to taste. Remove grilled onions to a platter when browned and tender.

Brush the cut sides of the buns with the remaining olive oil and place cut side down on the grill for the last 2 minutes.

Remove the buns. Place bottom buns face up on a serving platter and add lettuce, a slice of cheese and a hot burger pattie straight off the grill (to melt the cheese).

Arrange tomatoes, pickles and bacon on the platter alongside the grilled onion so everyone can add the toppings of their choice along with ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.

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