CommonGround volunteer Sara Sindelar shares her family’s burger recipe.

Zesty Hamburger Patties

Photo provided by the Nebraska Beef Council


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup Italian dressing
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat the grill to 375°F, (medium high)
  • Mix Italian dressing and garlic into the ground beef.
  • Divide the meat mixture into the number of patties you desire. Shape the hamburger patty so it is about ¾ inch thick. Make an indention in the middle of the patty to prevent bulging in the center of the hamburger as it cooks.
  • Place the burgers on the grill. Cook 4-5 minutes on the first side. Flip the burgers over and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, until the burgers have reached the desired doneness.
  • If adding cheese, lay a slice of cheese on each burger patty about 1 minute before taking the burgers off the grill, so the cheese has a chance to melt.
  • Serve the burgers on hamburger buns with optional hamburger toppings.
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