- Place first 9 ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. With cold-water moistened hands, shape the meat into 8, 3/4" thick patties.
- Preheat your barbecue to medium-high. Place the buns and lettuce, tomatoes and onions on plates, and the condiments in bowls.
- Grill the burger patties for about 4 minutes per side, or until entirely cooked through and the centre of each burger reaches 160˚F (71˚C)
on an instant read meat thermometer.
- Set the cooked burgers out on a platter with the buns, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and condiments nearby. Now let diners build their own burger.
Note: You can use store-bought condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, and pickled peppers, here, or make your own. If you would like to the latter, try making our Bacon, Onion and Whiskey Jam, and Root Beer Barbecue Sauce recipes. You also find ways to make kicked-up condiments, such as Secret Burger Sauce, in this article: How to Make Signature Sauces. To make the Avocado Mayo shown in the recipe photo, blend 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 2 Tbsp. lime juice and a peeled and diced ripe avocado. To make the Spicy Asian-style Ketchup shown in the recipe photo, combine 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tsp. Sriracha and 1 tsp. soy sauce. To make the Chipotle Honey Mustard shown in the recipe photo, combine 1/2 cup mustard, 2 Tbsp. honey and 1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder.
Options: Instead of making your own burger patties, buy the fresh ones sold in our meat department, which come in a range of styles.