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All-American Grilled Burger

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 20 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)

Here’s your blueprint for a crowd-pleasing backyard barbecue burger complete with special sauce. The sauce is no secret here: Crunchy iceberg lettuce and pickles provide crunch and tang, all mixed in with ketchup, mustard, and a little hot sauce for kick. We like the texture whole-grain mustard adds to the sauce, but creamy Dijon will work just as well. Don’t overwork the beef as you form the patties so the burgers stay moist and juicy.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped reduced-sodium dill pickle (about 1 1/2 spears)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground sirloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 4 (1.8-oz.) sesame seed hamburger buns, lightly toasted
  • 4 (1/4-in.-thick) heirloom tomato slices
  • 4 thin white onion rings

Nutrition Information

  • calories 381
  • fat 13.8 g
  • satfat 4.9 g
  • monofat 5.2 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 29 g
  • carbohydrate 34 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 74 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 685 mg
  • calcium 115 mg
  • sugars 7 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 2 g

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (about 450°F). Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Gently shape ground sirloin into 4 (4-inch-wide) patties. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Coat grill grate with cooking spray. Place patties on grate; grill 4 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness.

  3. Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun. Top each with about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce, 1 patty, 1 tomato slice, and 1 onion ring. Cover with top halves of buns.