sallye bates


Just plain and simply the delicious classic version of an old timey cheeseburger. It will bring back long ago memories of food at the local drive-in where all the teens hung out.

Special Note: Have plenty of napkins on hand.

★★★★★ 2 votes
yield 4 burgers
10 Min
10 Min


1-1/2 lb
85/15 ground hamburger meat***
1 tsp
sea salt
1 tsp
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
4 leaves
romaine lettuce
1 large
beefsteak tomato
1 medium
red onion
To taste
dill pickle hamburger chips
4 slice
cheese of your choice (we like provelone)
4 large
hamburger buns or kaiser rolls


1***I grind my own meat. For this recipe, I would either use a chuck roast with some marbling or a sirloin tip roast. Or you can buy already ground sirloin or chuck with 85/15 rating.
2Wash and tear 4 leaves of romaine lettuce (or shred if you prefer) and set aside.

Cut 4 tomato slices to your desired thickness

Cut 4 onion slices to your desired thickness

Set aside.
3Divide meat into 4 equal balls. Hand form into patties large enough to cover the buns (or use method shown in next step)

Lay patties on a piece of parchment or waxed paper as you form. Sprinkle each patty with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.

I use two of the heavy flexible cutting sheets that you can buy at Dollar Tree (2 in a pak for $1)

I anchor one of the sheets on a dishtowel, then place the balls of meat on it.

Then I cover the balls with the other sheet and either use the rolling pin or the heel of my hand to flatten the balls into nicely formed patties between the two sheets.
5if you have an electric griddle, this is a good time to use it.

Preheat griddle (or large heavy skillet) to medium high heat (375º to 400º). Sprinkle a little salt onto the surface of the griddle or skillet.
6When griddle or pan is at correct temperature, slide the patties onto the surface to begin cooking. If you are using an electric griddle, place the patties at the bottom of the cooking surface; you are going to use the top part for the buns.
7Place the top part of the buns cut side down on top part of cooking surface of griddle to toast. Put bottom part of bun on the top part of buns.
8Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on one side, then flip the patties over.
9Place the cheese on top of the meat, and cover with the toasted top part of the bun.

Place the bottom part of the bun on the top of cooking surface of the griddle to toast.
10Cook for about 3 more minutes until meat is nicely browned and cheese has melted.
11Remove to serving plate and add desired condiments.

Best served immediately.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Burgers, Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom