Perfect Classic Burger Recipe

Some of my favorite childhood memories happened in my backyard. In the summer my family would eat dinner outside because summer evenings in New Mexico are basically perfection (no humidity, need I say more?).

My dad was in charge of the grill, and my three siblings and I would run around like maniacs with our dogs (as kids do) while he cooked burgers. 

Our house was also located down the street from the park where my town hosted the annual 4th of July fireworks display. This meant my family became the unofficial host of the summer holiday.

We'd always have lots of friends over to eat watermelon and burgers, and when it was time, we'd all walk down to the park to watch the fireworks. It always was a magical evening. 

This year I'll be in Los Angeles for the holiday, but I'm certainly keeping up with the tradition of friends, watermelon and burgers. But since my tastebuds and food preferences are a little more high maintenance now (I like to call it refined), I will be bringing these perfect classic burgers instead of frozen patties.

They only take about 10 minutes to prep, and there are no preservatives or freezer burn to contend with. These juicy burgers will also guarantee that you get an invite to the party next year. 

Cheers to summer nights!

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Time Allotment: 

10 minute prep | 5-8 minute cook time


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 crackers (I like using stone ground)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 peppers, chopped
  • 2 tbsp roasted green chile (optional, but adds great flavor)
  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic (or you can use garlic powder)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat frying pan or grill.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix with hands (can get a little messy).
  4. Form into patties. 1 pound will make 4-6 patties depending on how thick you like your burgers. I generally make 4.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side (add more time if you like your burgers well done). 
  6. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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