Our Basic Burger Recipe



  1. Place the ground beef in a shallow bowl. Add the salt, a few grinds of black pepper, the mayonnaise and the panko crumbs. The mayonnaise and panko combination helps to hold the juices in the burger during cooking, but doesn’t change the flavor or texture of the beef. The coarse texture of the panko crumbs is important because they don’t add density to the burger like dry breadcrumbs would.
  2. Use a wooden spatula to combine the meat ingredients as best you can before doing a final, gentle mix with your hands. Gently form the patties into quarter-pound portions and make a slight depression in the center of each with your thumb. This helps the burgers maintain an even thickness rather than developing a thicker “dome” in the center. Transfer to a plate and chill for at least 15 minutes before grilling.
  3. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to a medium-high temperature (about 400°F). Oil the grates, add the burgers and grill for approximately 4 minutes on the first side. You’ll know when it’s time to turn them because juices will begin to bead on the top of each burger indicating that they are cooked through the center. Use a spatula to turn them and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the second side. Transfer the burgers to a plate and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving.