Even the world’s best burgers all start somewhere. So here’s your basic recipe for a beef burger. The only recipe more basic than this is straight-up ground beef formed into patties. This one has just a little flavor and texture to get you started.
In a large bowl combine beef, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper just until combine. Do not over-mix or burgers will be tough. Divide meat mixture into 6 equal portions (you can do 8 instead if you want a smaller patty). Shape each into a tight ball.
Rate this Recipe: When you’re making hamburgers, use the cut of beef that best suits your taste and budget. Ground beef (85 percent lean) is my favorite because it produces a moist burger—and it’s cheaper, too. For a really rich taste, splurge for ground chuck. Cut from the shoulder, ground chuck ranges from 15 to 20 percent fat, and makes a gourmet burger.