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The Simple, 3-Ingredient Burger

Last Updated on August 29, 2022

What if we told you that you can whip together a burger in five minutes that will amaze your friends and family?

Check out our simple recipe for making a mouth-watering cheeseburger with only three(-ish) ingredients.

The magic of this burger is that it can be a blank canvas for experimenting with new and unique toppings like pickled vegetables and even…wait for it…PEANUT BUTTER!

Check out our feature on some fresh approaches to burger recipes for more…


The Simple 3-Ingredient Burger

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Protein: Beef
Cut: Ground Beef
Diet: Gluten Free, Keto
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes


  • 1 lb ButcherBox ground beef
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika (or smoked paprika)
  • 1 tbsp salt (Kosher, sea salt, or other)
  • 3-4 slices American or cheddar cheese


  • Mix the BB ground beef and all the spices together in large bowl.
  • Break mixture into 3-4 equal parts.
  • Take each section of ground beef to create 3-4 equal-sized 1/2 thick inch flat patties.
  • Preheat cast-iron pan or grill to medium-high.
  • Grill or pan-sear for 4 minutes each side.
  • Don't Forget! Add cheese as soon as you flip over burgers the first time.
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Yankel Polak is the Head Chef at ButcherBox.