5 tbsps butter divided 4 burger buns 1 ¼ lbs ground beef salt and pepper 4 slices of American cheese ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, or other desired toppings
Place ¼ amount of beef on a cutting board. Form into a ball and use palm to press till about ¼-inch thick.
Season burger patties with salt and pepper.
Place 2 tablespoon of butter on a griddle and set heat to medium. Once butter melts and surface is hot, toast the buns. Once brown, about 1-2 minutes, remove and set aside.
Add an additional tablespoon of butter on the griddle. Place burgers on griddle and cook 3-4 minutes per side. If you want a well-done burger, use a meat thermometer and cook till the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
When burgers are almost done cooking place a small slice (about a tsp) butter on top of the burgers. Next, place a slice of cheese on each burger.
Transfer burgers to buns. Replace bun tops and serve with toppings.