Grilling perfect burgers is easy with some basic tips. This Best Basic Burger Recipe is a foundational recipe to build from to make great burgers.
Divide ground beef into 4 (½-pound) or 6 (1/3-pound) portions. Gently form into patties of equal size (1-inch thickness) without overworking the meat. Gently create a divot with thumb in the center of each burger. Arrange on a plate in a single layer, cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.
Heat the grill to high (gas or charcoal); 375-400 degrees F. Brush and oil the grill. Lightly brush one side of the burgers with olive oil, place them on the grill (olive oil side down); brush the top side with olive oil. Cover, cook for 2-3 minutes to sear the bottom (you should see grill marks).
The USDA guidelines state ground meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Meat does continue to cook while it rests off the grill so usually they can be taken off the grill slightly under 160 degrees.