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Here's What You'll Need:
-A cast iron pan (if you don't have one, use a nonstick pan)
-Burger toppings (lettuce, cheese, pickles, tomatoes, onions, or whatever you like!)
The Grill Alternative
The best replacement for a grill is a cast iron pan. It holds heat well just like a grill does, and it will give you that familiar, perfectly seared burger crust that you're used to biting into during BBQ season. If you don't have a cast iron pan, you can use a regular nonstick sauté pan, just make sure to get it nice and hot!
Making The Patties
You'll want to start with 1.5 pounds of ground beef for every 4 burgers. Head to a grocery store or a butcher you trust and ask for ground chuck, ideally with some short rib or rib eye mixed in so there's a significant fat content. (If you want to get really technical, ask for an 80-to-20 meat to fat ratio.)
To keep the burger juicy, and more importantly, to help hold it together, add an egg and 2 tablespoons of ketchup to lend moisture and flavor to the ground beef. Mix it all together (with your hands!) and form 4 patties, each 5 inches in diameter.
Cooking The Burger
1. Start by heating up the pan on medium-high until it's almost smoking. No oil is needed on the pan.
2. Cook the burgers for 4 minutes on each side. After 2 minutes on each side, rotate the patties so they don't stick to the pan. You can cook as many as will fit on the pan together.
3. Once they've cooked for a total of 8 minutes, the outside should have an attractive layer of char. They'll be medium rare on the inside, so cook them for minute or 2 longer if you like your burgers medium or medium well. If you want to know for sure, you can always slice into the burger to see if it's to your liking.