Creating The All-American Hamburger

Each year, Americans consume about 38 billion hamburgers. An enduring favorite, hamburgers are an iconic American food.

But what do Americans define as the classic American hamburger?

Despite the advent of gourmet hamburgers, 74 percent of Americans believe the cheeseburger best embodies the classic American hamburger.

Here’s a recipe for creating a classic cheeseburger.


  1. Hamburger bun
  2. Special sauce (mix Thousand Island dressing, Dijon mustard and hot sauce to taste)
  3. 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  4. 1/3 lb. fresh ground beef, seasoned, hand-pressed and grilled
  5. Fresh lettuce
  6. Ripe tomato (sliced)
  7. Onion (sliced)


Grill the hamburger, according to preference, until its internal temperature reaches 160º F. Place cheese on top and cover for another 30 seconds. Place on a bun. Add special sauce and spread it on the bun. Layer on tomato, lettuce and onion. Enjoy!

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