All American Burgers

All American Hamburger with French fries

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
487 Calories
20g Fat
6g Carbs
66g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 487
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 825mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 66g
Calcium 57mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You can serve this classic, tender, well-flavored, and juicy All American Burger recipe with any topping(s) you'd like. If you're adding cheese, put a slice (or two) on the beef while it's on the grill and let stand for about a minute to let it melt. All other toppings such be put on the table so each diner can assemble their own masterpiece.

The addition of Worcestershire sauce, milk, and water makes the burgers very moist. Seasoned salt and onion powder add fabulous flavor.

When making the best hamburgers, it's important that you handle the meat as little as possible. Too much kneading or shaping can make the burgers tough. That is why all of the ingredients are combined before the beef is added in this recipe.

Then, when you shape the meat into patties, press your thumb slightly into the center to make a divot. This will prevent the burger from puffing up when it's cooked, so you have a nice flat surface to pile on the toppings.

It is also very important that you cook burgers to 165 F, or well done, for food safety reasons. Don't groan—burgers cooked to that safe temperature can still be delicious. The breadcrumbs in this recipe, along with the Worcestershire sauce, water, and milk, called a "panade", holds moisture as the meat cooks so it stays juicy.

We like to serve our burgers on a sturdy bun. There's nothing more unappealing than a bun that disappears as you eat the hamburger. Whole wheat hamburger buns are good, as are English muffins. Ciabatta buns are a nice change of pace, and sturdy hoagie buns can be used as well. It's your choice!

Serve this classic recipe with some fabulous potato salad, a fruit salad, and an ice cream pie for dessert. What could be better?


  • 1/4 cup soft white breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 4 sandwich buns (split and toasted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare and heat grill, making sure that the coals are covered with gray ash before you begin cooking the meat.

  2. Combine the bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, water, and milk in a large bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the seasoned salt, onion powder, and pepper and mix.

  4. Then add the ground beef and mix gently with your hands until everything is just incorporated.

  5. Shape the meat mixture into four patties.

  6. Cook 4" to 6" from coals for 10 to 15 minutes until hamburgers are no longer pink in the center, and they reach an internal temperature of 165 F.

  7. Serve with all the traditional fixings—mustard, ketchup, pickles, relish, American cheese, etc. and enjoy!


  • You can toast the sandwich buns on the grill just before serving if you like.