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Ultimate Burger

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Makes: 4 servings Prep 5 mins Cook 11 mins View Nutrition Facts


  • 1 1/2 pounds  lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon  finely grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • Olive oil for grilling
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce leaves


1. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, lemon zest, salt, black pepper and garlic. Divide meat into four equal pieces and gently form into 1/2-inch-thick patties.

2. Heat the grill to medium high and brush the grate generously with oil. Transfer burgers to grill. Close the cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes a side for medium rare. Remove from grill and rest 5 minutes.

3. Arrange burgers on the buns and top with the tomato, onion and lettuce.

Ultimate Burger
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abokarin20021 wrote:

If you grind your own meat, it should be okay to cook rare. Suggest 50% chuck and 50% sirloin.

7/3/2012 06:38:47 PM Report Abuse
gab_yarbrough wrote:

Not everyone enjoys their meat cooked dry. I have been eating my beef medium for 40 years.

6/30/2012 11:21:27 AM Report Abuse
xfallenanjelx wrote:

Wondering how many customers you've upset when they asked for a "med rare" burger? Besides, whenever I order a burger I say "rare" because by the time it gets to me it's Med. Rare and perfect. If I say "medium" it's shoe leather by the time I get it. Been eating red meat for 40 years, and whaddyaknow--- here I am still alive! I don't LIVE on it, but I enjoy it now and again.

6/4/2012 10:21:24 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

Sounds tasty, but I'm a bit worried about you saying cook it med-rare. What about the chances of catching the E.coli bacteria or if the people handling the beef in it's raw state had E,bola. As a bbq cook up here in Canada for the past 40 years, I have always cooked the burgers well done, the same with any ground beef to prevent any of this type of food poisoning. Would appreciate your comments. Thank you Tony Amore I

6/23/2011 02:37:24 PM Report Abuse

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