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How To Make A Great Cheeseburger

Updated on January 10, 2013


Over the years I have eaten more than a few hamburgers and of those a significant number have been cheeseburgers. There is something about the combination of beef and cheese that is almost primal.

There are a few restaurants that over the years have made a hamburger worthy of eating; something that was not fast food but a real taste treat and not something that a drive-thru had on the menu.

However, by far the best burger and cheese burger that I have ever tasted is the one that I cooked myself.

Now your basic burger is not that difficult to prepare, and anyone who wants to learn to cook needs a recipe for a basic burger; after all, at the burger entry level all you need is ground beef, some cheese, and a bun or two; plus whatever toppings you like, and you have your own homemade cheeseburger. This burger will still be better than what you get in most fast food places and it will be cheaper.

Once you have mastered this basic recipe:

1 lb ground beef

4 slices cheese, Swiss or cheddar

4 hamburger buns

Mustard, relish, onions, ketchup pickles whatever does it for you.


Divide hamburger into 4 equal portions

Form portions into patties

Place in frying pan on medium heat

Cook on one side for 4 minutes


Cook on other side 4 minutes

Toast buns if desired

Place bun on plate

Add burger patty and sliced cheese and toppings of yoru choice;

You can add the cheese directly to the patty while it is the frying pan for melting purposes. Do this in the last 90 seconds of cooking the patty,

You can move onto the cheeseburger supreme.

Cheeseburgers Supreme;

1 lb extra lean ground beef

4 whole wheat Kaiser rolls

Extra old cheddar cheese sliced

Romaine lettuce

Soya sauce, favourite hot sauce to taste.

Dijon mustard,

4 slices of Spanish onion

4 slices tomato beefsteak preferred.

Black pepper to taste.

1 tsp butter


I use a cast iron frying pan to make burgers and many other dishes. The cast iron pan gets hot and cooks quick and deep.

Put extra lean ground beef into bowl; add soya sauce, hot sauce, black pepper, mix. Use your hands it’s fun and squishy.

Form mix into four equal patties.

Place butter into frying pan turn on medium

When butter melts add patties

Slice cheese, use as much as you want.

Cook patties four minutes, flip,

Cook 2 ½ minutes add cheese.

Cook another 1 ½ minutes

Slice Kaiser Rolls

Add lettuce and tomato

Place patty on bun

Add mustard and onion.


You can serve with a side salad.

Now this is a cheeseburger that is worth eating; it may cost a buck or two more than the basic model but it is oh so worth the expense. What’s more you can make this whole meal in fewer than 20 minutes.

If you can prepare both these versions you not only have a quick meal for regular evening, the basic version but you also have a fancy meal for a special evening.

Perhaps even more importantly, you now can cook and are well on yoru way to food freedom.

great frying

Bob Ewing photo, if you want to cook a great burger cheese or otherwise this is the pan.
Bob Ewing photo, if you want to cook a great burger cheese or otherwise this is the pan.

pretty good


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