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Creating the All-American Hamburger

All-American Cheeseburger | SimplyGreater.orgEach year, Americans consume around 38 billion hamburgers. An enduring favorite, hamburgers are an iconic American food. There are many ways to personalize a burger – starting with different seasonings or meats and ending with different combinations of toppings such as lettuce, special sauces, cheese and tomatoes. Here’s a recipe that tries to capture the essence of a classic American burger.


Hamburger bun
Special sauce (mix Thousand Island dressing, Dijon mustard and hot sauce to taste)
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1/3 lb. fresh ground beef, seasoned and hand-pressed
Fresh lettuce
Ripe tomato
Onion (sliced)


Grill the hamburger, according to preference, until its internal temperature reaches 160º F. Place cheese on top and cover for another 30 seconds. Place in a bun. Mix dressing and spread it on the bun. Layer on tomato, lettuce and onion.

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