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Basic Grilled Hamburgers

Everybody should know how to make a good hamburger! Salt, pepper and heat are all you need to make a great hamburger!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine AIP, Paleo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Pre-heat Grill 25 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 380 kcal
Author Emily Stauch


  • 2 lb. ground beef high quality, 80/20
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat grill to 600° or there about. A good burger needs HEAT.

  2. While grill is heating, break hamburger into small pieces then portion into 6 burgers, 1/3lb. each. Handle the burger gently. Do not press firmly together. Just push until the patty holds together and no more. A loose pack will allow for a more juicy burger. 

  3. Sprinkle both sides of the burger generously with salt and pepper. Place on a plate in the fridge until the grill is ready.

  4. When the grill is hot, place burgers on the grill and shut lid. Cook for 3 minutes. Flip burgers then cook, covered for 2 more minutes. Check the temperature of the meat with an instant-read thermometer, pull off at 125°. The meat will continue to cook as it rests on the plate. It will rise to 135° to be medium rare when you eat it. 

  5. If you'd like your burger more done, continue cooking but test temperature every 30-45 seconds. It will cook fast. Pull the burger off the grill 10° before your desired doneness (so for well-done, pull at 145°.