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three cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, and onions.
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Classic Cheeseburger Recipe

The classic cheeseburger -ground beef, cheese, and all of the fixings sandwiched between buttered brioche. This timeless American burger recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 648kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef 80/20
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil, for frying


  • 4 slices of American yellow cheese
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 Brioche Buns
  • Ketchup optional
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Pickles
  • Bacon garlic aioli


  • Divide the beef into four portions and then patty into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Season both sides of the burger patties generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Cook the burger patties for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the beef is fully cooked through. Add one slice of each cheese to each burger patty and cover with a lid. Cook for an additional minute or until the cheese melts completely. 
  • Place patties on buttered toasted brioche with toppings of your choice. Enjoy!


  • The best burgers are made with 80/20 ground beef. That extra fat is super important for making juicy burgers. If using a leaner mixture, adding a few tablespoons of ice-cold water to the mixture will help make them juicy.
  • Press a thumbprint into the center of each patty. It keeps them from puffing up and shrinking.
  • I'm not a huge fan of mixing seasoning into burger meat. Sprinkle the outside of the patties with salt and pepper for the best results.
  • Add a few splashes of water before covering the burgers with a lid. Doing so helps the cheese melt evenly onto the burgers.
  • Don't smush out the juices! Resist the urge to press down on the patties
  • You can use a different squishy bun, like sesame of kaiser.


Calories: 648kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 224mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 306mg | Vitamin A: 720IU | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg