Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers Recipe | PBS Food

Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers


Prep time: 20 Minutes

Total time: 20 Minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 lb. ground beef chuck (20 percent fat)
  • 4 teaspoons softened butter
  • 4 hamburger buns split
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 slices melting cheese such as American or mild cheddar
  • Toppings such as shredded iceberg lettuce, pickle chips, thinly sliced red onion, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise


  1. Heat broiler. Divide beef into 4 rounds and place each between two layers of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll beef into 1/4-inch-thick patties. Butter inside of each bun. Place on a baking sheet, buttered side up, and toast under broiler.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over high. Generously season patties on both sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook burgers 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and top each with cheese; cover and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Place burgers on buns and serve with desired toppings.
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