The Ultimate Burger

Happy National Hamburger Day.

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Here is a recipe to help you celebrate this special day.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Portion size: 6 burgers


  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) sodium-reduced beef broth
  • 450 g medium ground beef
  • 450 ground sirloin
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • 6 buns, (hamburger, pretzel or pain au lait), split and toasted


In bowl, mix bread crumbs with broth; let stand for 5 minutes. In large baking dish, add beef and sirloin; sprinkle with bread crumb mixture, salt and pepper. Mix gently just until combined and no streaks of bread crumb mixture are visible (do not overmix).

Shape into six 5- x 1/2-inch (12 x 1 cm) patties. (Make-ahead: Layer between
parchment paper in airtight container; refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until instant-read thermometer inserted sideways into patties reads 160°F (71°C), about 8 minutes. (Alternatively, cook patties in grill pan or skillet with up to 2 tsp olive oil over medium-high heat, turning once.) Serve in buns.

Tip: Stirring the beef mixture together in a baking dish rather than a bowl allows you to evenly season the meat without handling it too much. For the most tender burgers, it’s best not to overmix.

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