Classic Cheeseburger

Everyone needs a brilliant burger recipe in their repertoire and this is mine – the classic cheeseburger. It’s simple, utterly delicious and the sort of meal you will want to make over and over again.

With just a handful of ingredients, my cheeseburgers let the flavours sing – there’s nothing fussy here.

Give these a go on your next burger night – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients, Substitutions and Variations

  • Minced beef – my burger patties are made with just minced beef and salt and pepper – that’s it. Because of this, it’s really important that you get good beef mince. Ideally, go to a butcher and ask them to mince some steak for you. You’ll get the best results this way! You also need some fat in there – don’t be tempted to go the lowest fat mince. The fat brings the flavour.
  • Brioche buns – the sweetness of brioche buns works really well with these burgers. They also hold up well with the juiciness! You could substitute for any other burger buns, though.
  • Port salut cheese – port salut is THE BEST cheese to use on cheeseburgers, no exceptions. However, I concede that it is perhaps not very easy to get everywhere on the planet. So, some reluctant substitutes are Gouda, Edam and mild cheddar. You want it mild and melting.
  • Gherkins – you can use sliced burger pickles but I love the sweet sharpness that gherkins bring. They pack a punch!
  • American mustard – I love mustard on burgers, but a mild mustard works really well here which is why I used American mustard. You wouldn’t want the mustard to overpower the rest of the ingredients.
  • Burger sauce – I used a premade burger sauce, but you could make your own. This is a good recipe.

Top Tips

  1. Make in advance

    You can make your burger patties in advance. Store them in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

  2. Cooking the burgers

    I’ve specified cooking the burgers in a griddle pan on the hob in my recipe. However, you can also cook them under the grill (high heat for 15-16 minutes, turning regularly) or on the barbecue.

  3. Watch the buns!

    When toasting the buns, you only want them to get warm and slightly crisp. Keep an eye, because they can catch quickly.

Classic Cheeseburger

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Harriet Young
Delicious classic cheeseburgers with port salut cheese, gherkins, American mustard and burger sauce.
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Burgers


  • 680 g beef mince
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices port salut cheese
  • 8 gherkins sliced thinly lengthways
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 8 tsps American mustard
  • 8 tsps burger sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • Start by making your burger patties. Put the mince in a bowl and add 1tsp of salt and 1tsp black pepper. Use your hands to work the seasoning into the meat, then press into four tight balls. Flatten each ball into a burger shape.
  • To cook the patties, put the oil in a griddle pan over a medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 12-14 minutes, turning regularly, until the outsides are caramelised and the insides are cooked through and juicy.
  • Slice the brioche buns in half.
  • When the patties are done, remove from the pan and put on a baking sheet. Top each burger with a slice of cheese and put in the oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Put the buns in the oven for 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted.
  • To compile the burgers, put 2 tsps burger sauce on the bottom bun of each burger. Top with the patty and add a pile of gherkin slices. Put 2 tsps American mustard on the inside of each top brioche bun half, and place that on top. Enjoy!
Keyword burger, cheese

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6 responses to “Classic Cheeseburger”

  1. 5 stars
    My daughter loves a simple cheeseburger and she so enjoyed this one. Definitely making it again!

  2. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe to the T and got the PERFECT burgers for dinner last night! Definitely my new go to burger recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These burgers are perfection! Everyone gets excited for them! And the brioche bun is yummy! Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    You really can’t go wrong with a classic cheese burger. Excited to make these this weekend.

  5. 5 stars
    Normally, I go for a sharp cheddar, but I decided to give this a try with the Port Salut cheese – you’ve ruined me! I will never be able to eat another cheeseburger again without this cheese!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks so mush for sharing. This is my favorite dinner.

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I’m Harriet, writer and cook, and I’m so pleased to have you here! I love nothing more than cooking delicious food and sharing it with the world. You can find out more about me here.