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Keep it Simple Cowboy Burger

A good burger does not need a lot of help, but this recipe gives this cowboy burger the right blend of flavor to accent the smokiness of the grill and the hearty beef flavor from the burger. Go get 'em, Cowboy!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs 85% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Cracked or Fresh Ground Pepper 
  • 4 slices Cheddar Cheese (or your favorite cheese: cheddar, American, colby work best)  
  • cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Barbeque Sauce (your favorite)
  • 4 Potato Buns
  • 4 pieces Windy City Crunch Lettuce or Equivalent Iceberg (I love the crunch and hot/cold mix to the burger) 


  • Roll ground meat into 4 - 8 oz balls.  Form into patties using a fork or minimal pressing (do not overwork meat).  Using your thumb create an indentation in the middle of patties (a little valley).  Season with salt and pepper liberally.  Let rest a few minutes before placing on the hot grill. 
  • In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and bbq sauce. Spread on bottom half of buns.  Place lettuce on top half of buns.
  • Place burgers on hot grill 375 - 400°, turning once after 3 to 4 minutes (do not press down on the burger).  Cook for an additional 4 minutes (or until temperature reaches 155° for well done or 135° for medium rare).  Place cheese on patties last minute of cooking.  Remove and place patties on prepared buns.  Let rest for 3 minutes and serve.
Keyword burgers, grill, grilling, hamburgers