Salt and Pepper Cheese Burgers

The easiest burgers ever.

I must admit that I usually try to include a few ingredients when I make my own burgers, like onion, herbs, and even diced bacon. However, after watching Bobby Flay making burgers on the Food Network, I decided to follow his lead by simplifying the recipe.

These burger patties are just beef coated in a good layer of salt and pepper. This gives an amazing flavour and juiciness to the meat. It also makes it very easy to pair the burger with toppings such as cheese and different sauces because you don’t have to worry about any flavour clashes.

I made an easy ‘special’ sauce to go with my burgers and it worked perfectly ūüôā

Ingredients – makes 4 burgers:

  • approx 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • two large¬†pinches sea salt flakes
  • 500g/1 lb beef mince (ground)
  • 4 slices¬†your favourite cheese
  • 4 burger buns or bread rolls
  • your choice of salad leaves, optional

‘Special’ Sauce:

  • 2 dessertspoons mayonnaise
  • 1¬†dessertspoon tomato ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Scatter a good layer of freshly ground black pepper onto a plate. Add one large pinch of sea salt flakes, ensuring that you break up any large flakes.
  • Divide your beef mince into 4 patties. Don’t squeeze the patties too much, but make sure they have an even shape.
  • Place the patties onto the plate to coat one side in the salt and pepper mix.
  • Grind some more black pepper and the remaining¬†sea salt flakes onto the top sides of the patties so they are well coated.
  • Place your non-stick¬†griddle pan over a high heat on the stovetop, or heat your BBQ to high. Place the burgers onto the griddle and cook for 5 minutes on one side.
  • Flip the burgers and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook until the cheese is melted and the burgers are¬†cooked through.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Place the burgers into your bread rolls with your salad, if using. Dollop some sauce on the top.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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2 Responses to Salt and Pepper Cheese Burgers

  1. SammyandSufi says:

    Keep making delicious food and sharing, easy and delicious looking recipe :)!

  2. Pingback: Outdoor Kitchen: Favourite BBQ recipes | Recipe Adaptors

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