Burgers: The Ultimate Lazy Lifter’s Meal

I dare you to find a weightlifter who doesn’t like burgers. You hear stories of people like CT Fletcher and his affinity for Big Macs, or people like me, who would visit In-N-Out more times than I care to admit when I lived in California. Burgers are great fuel for training sessions, and even more awesome post-recovery when you’re starving. I will always have fond memories of two double-doubles animal style and two neapolitan shakes after max-out Fridays.

But, if you’re semi-handy in a kitchen, you don’t have to spent $15 at a burger joint. This recipe is simple and fast, and you can change it up with what you have in your spice cabinet at any given time. I consider this to be a lazy meal because it’s as simple as mixing and cooking. You can throw some garlic in the burgers, stuff them with the cheese inside, add diced jalapenos or bacon…the sky is the limit. You can eat them plain, wrap them in lettuce, have them on a pretzel roll or a regular bun, cheese, no cheese, extra cheese…whatever you want.

Trust me, with grilling season just around the corner, you’re going to want to master this recipe.

Homemade Burgers

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Occasion Barbecue


  • 2lb ground beef (80/20 works great here, but you can use leaner beef if you want)
  • 1 Small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • lots of freshly ground black pepper


Step 1
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl, being sure to mix thoroughly.
Step 2
Divide your mixture in half, and then each half into 3 sections to produce 6 patties.
Step 3
Shape the patties into round balls, then flatten. Using your thumbs, push the center down a bit to make a well. (The beef will rise when it cooks, so this technique will make them cook flat, otherwise your burgers will look like hills.)
Step 4
On a grill or grill pan, cook over high heat for 10 minutes for rare burgers, up to 18 minutes for well done. Be sure to add cheese in the last 2 minutes of cooking for cheeseburgers.

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