Prepare your grill for direct cooking over high heat. Your grill setup should look like this. With direct heat, the fire is right below the food. This method works great for small tender pieces of food that cook quickly. While the grill is preheating, prepare the patties. Season the ground beef with kosher salt and pepper, and then gently shape into patties of equal size and thickness. Each about six ounces and three quarters of an inch thick.
Burgers tend to puff up in the middle as they cook, so a good trick to avoid this is to press a little indentation into the top of each patty with your thumb or the back of a spoon. Then when the center pushes up, the top of each burger will be relatively level. Be sure to wash your hands after handling raw meat.
Brush the cooking grate clean. Place the patties on the cooking grate directly over high heat with the indentation side facing up. Close the lid and cook for four to five minutes. Open the lid and check to see if the patties are ready to turn over. You’ll know this if you can easily lift them off the cooking grate with a spatula without sticking.
Turn the patties over, close the lid, and continue to grill until they are cooked to medium doneness four to five minutes more. Remove from the grill and serve on toasted buns with your favorite toppings.
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