The Best Cheeseburger Recipe + Building a Burger Bar

The Perfect Addition to a 4th of July Celebration

Independence day is quickly approaching, and in my opinion nothing screams the 4th of July quite like a good old fashioned Cheeseburger! Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers are such an easy recipe to prepare, which is why it’s one of my go-to hosting recipes throughout the summer. This Cheeseburger recipe is always such a hit with guests… the juicy patty, toasted bun, and tantalizing toppings is just hard to beat! 

When hosting a group I like to take this classic cheeseburger recipe one step further with a “Burger Bar”… a display of fixings including sauces, cheeses, and toppings. This spread is fun, easy and allows guests to create the summer burger of their dreams. Psssst… if you really want to wow your guests, I recommend using double beef patties and two slices of cheese. Elevate your 4th of July celebration with a burger bar that will leave guests wanting more!

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Arranging A Burger Bar

Build your own cheeseburger bar piggybacks off of the idea that topping preferences are very rarely ‘one size fits all’. For instance, my daughter’s idea of the perfect cheeseburger includes four toppings…  red onion, dill pickles, lettuce, and ketchup. My perfect cheeseburger includes well over six (plus) different toppings and every condiment in sight, LOL! Creating a ‘build your own burger bar’ offers your guests the resources and freedom to create their version of the perfect burger. I recommend having all toppings displayed on a bar, side table, or table for your guests to choose from. I love using a condiment serving tray and mini tongs for ease. Below I’ve listed a few items as inspiration for your burger bar! 

Cheeses

Swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, goat cheese, blue cheese

Toppings

lettuce, tomato, onion (red and/or caramelized), pickles, avocado, bacon, jalapeño, grilled pineapple, sautéed mushrooms, grilled veggies, fried egg

Condiments

ketchup, yellow mustard, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, ranch

The Best Cheeseburger Recipe

The ultimate 4th of July meal! 
Servings 4
Author Chef Tiffany Blackmon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • Kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • melted butter
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns split
  • Toppings: Shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato slices, red onion slices, dill pickle slices, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup

Instructions

  • Shape beef into 4 patties. Season with desired amount of salt and pepper. 
  • Preheat gas or charcoal grill to 400°F. Place burgers on oiled grates and grill until desired internal temperature, turning once. Top with cheese. Brush butter on buns and grill until browned. 
  • Remove from the grill and place the patty on the bottom half of the bun. Assemble with desired toppings and enjoy! 

Notes

TIFFY’S TIPS
  • I use 80/20 percent for a good amount of fat in my burger. 
  • The last thing you want is a dry hamburger… be careful not to overcook! Make sure you use a meat thermometer for the perfect internal temperature. 
  • I love cheddar cheese on my burger but add your favorite. So many options… pepper jack, American, brie, havarti, blue cheese, gouda, Swiss or goat…YUM!!! 
  • While the grill is hot, cook onions, bell pepper, poblano peppers to add a different depth and flavor profile to your burger. 
  • Let’s talk about buns as the selections are certainly endless. Ciabatta roll, kaiser roll, onion roll, potato roll, pretzel roll, sesame seed, and gluten free. All buns have my vote but brioche is my VERY favorite!
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