Classic Grilled Burger

Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 burgers
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen, Mel's Kitchen Cafe and The Pioneer Woman

MEAT:
2 pounds ground beef (80/20 is best)
2 tsp seasoned salt (I like Lawrys)
2 Tb + 1 tsp A1 steak seasoning
1 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 Tb half and half
2 Tb water
6 slices sharp cheddar cheese

BUN:
6 ciabatta rolls
3 Tb butter, softened

TOPPINGS:
Mayonnaise
Green leaf lettuce
Red Onion
tomato
avocado
bacon

1. Choose ground beef that is 80% lean 20% fat. I have tried to make grilled burgers with less fat and baby, it's just doesn't cut it. Burgers need the fat to remain juicy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Save the lean burger for meatloaf, taco salad or these simple Philly Sandwiches.
2. Season the ground beef! Place the meat in a large bowl and add 2 teaspoon seasoned salt, 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon A.1. sauce, 1 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 2 tablespoons half and half and 2 tablespoon water. These magical ingredients are going to make your burger sing. Truly. 
3. Get your hands right in the bowl and mix it all together, making sure the seasonings get equally distributed. 
4. Divide the meat into 6 equal portions. Spread the meat out flat, making them about 3/4 inch thick and about 1/4 inch larger than your bun. The burger will cook down in size.
Refrigerate the hamburger patties until you are ready to grill.
5. Stoke up your grill and allow it to preheat to 350 degrees.
6. Spray the grill with a bit of cooking spray. Now, be carefull here. The flames will waft up a bit.
7. Carefully lay the hamburger patties out onto the grill.
8. Grill the burgers over medium high heat for about 5-6 minutes on one side, or until most of the outside isn't pink any longer. Flip it over and cook it for about 2-3 minutes on the other side. Don't be tempted to over cook here. The burger will keep cooking for a few minutes after you take them off the grill. 
9. While the burgers cook on the grill, grab some nice rolls, or hamburger buns. I love these ciabatta rolls. They slightly chewy texture is fabulous. Spread a bit of softened butter over the inside of each roll
10. When the burgers are cooked through to your liking (I like mine with just the slightest bit of pink on the inside), remove the burgers from direct heat and place a nice slice of cheese over each one. When the cheese has melted, remove the burgers from the grill and on to a clean plate. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
11. Toss the rolls or buns onto the grill with the butter side down. When they have toasted nicely for you remove them from the heat.
12. Spread some mayonnaise on the toasted side of the bun and load it down with a few of your favorite toppings. Tomato, red onion, lettuce, bacon and avocado are some of my favorites.
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