The Best Hamburger Ever

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Serves: 4

  • 1 pound hamburger, 20% fat (this is the perfect fat content so no substitutions!)
  • 1 egg ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs or gluten free Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½. tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 2-3 Tbsp. ice water,
  • optional Seasoning salt or kosher salt for grilling
  • Cheese,
  • pineapple and assorted hamburger condiments.


  1. Gently combine all ingredients with your fingers just until they are mixed. Over mixing will destroy the tenderness.
  2. To form the patties, take the lid to a gallon jar or use mason jar ring.
  3. Line it with plastic wrap so it overhangs the edges.
  4. Place this on a kitchen scale and zero it.
  5. Then add the amount of meat you want to use gently press the meat flat.
  6. Press an indentation into the middle of the patty. This will help your burger cookout flat.
  7. Set the burger / plastic wrap aside and keep using the lid and new wrap until you have the number of burgers you want.
  8. Start with a clean, oiled grill and grill several minutes on the first side before flipping for about two additional minutes. Salt patties as you go with seasoning salt or kosher salt.
  9. Add cheese about two minutes before the burgers are done on the second side. Note: All grilling times depend on the heat and even cooking of your grill.

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