Giant Burgers

For the Patties:2 lbs (about 900g) ground beef (preferably 80% lean)Salt and pepper, to tasteOptional seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprikaFor Assembling the Burgers:Large burger buns (sesame seed buns work well)Sliced cheese (cheddar, American, or your favorite)Lettuce leavesSliced tomatoesSliced red onionPicklesKetchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or your preferred burger sauces

Prepare the Patties:Divide the ground beef into equal portions, about 1/2 lb (225g) each for large patties.Gently shape each portion into a round patty, about 1-inch thick and slightly larger than the diameter of your burger buns.Season both sides of each patty generously with salt, pepper, and any optional seasonings you prefer.Cooking the Patties:Heat a grill or large skillet over medium-high heat.Cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) for medium doneness.If using a skillet, you may need to cook in batches depending on the size of your pan.During the last minute of cooking, add a slice of cheese to each patty and let it melt.Assemble the Burgers:Toast the burger buns lightly on the grill or in a toaster oven.Place a lettuce leaf on the bottom half of each bun.Top with a hot, cheesy patty.Add sliced tomatoes, red onion, pickles, and any other desired toppings.Spread ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or other sauces on the top half of the bun.Carefully place the top bun over the assembled ingredients.Serve and Enjoy:Serve the giant burgers immediately while they’re hot and juicy.Consider serving with a side of crispy fries, onion rings, or a fresh salad.Tips for Perfect Giant Burgers:Patty Size: Make sure your patties are slightly larger than the diameter of your burger buns to ensure they cover the bun when cooked.Cooking Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the patties reach an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C) for safe consumption.Customize Toppings: Feel free to customize your giant burgers with additional toppings like bacon, avocado slices, jalapeños, or sautéed mushrooms for added flavor and texture.Burger Bun Options: Choose sturdy burger buns that can hold the weight of the giant patties and all the toppings without falling apart.Grilling vs. Skillet: Both methods work well; grilling adds a smoky flavor, while skillet cooking allows for control over the patty’s cooking temperature.Variations:Stuffed Burgers: Consider stuffing the patties with cheese or other fillings for a surprise burst of flavor when bitten into.Spicy Burgers: Add jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, and spicy mayo for a kick of heat.Vegetarian Option: Substitute the beef patties with large portobello mushrooms or veggie patties for a vegetarian version.Enjoy crafting these delicious giant burgers at home, perfect for satisfying your burger cravings in a big way!

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