Classic Pressed Burger

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Pressed burgers are exactly what they sound like: They’re made by literally pressing down the meat while it cooks so you’re left with crispy, juicy perfection. Stack ‘em high with lettuce, onion, tomato and pickles. Then, top it off with Heinz Ketchup, Mustard, Relish and Mayonnaise.



1 pound ground beef

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for greasing the pan

4 slices cheddar cheese


4 burger buns (preferably potato rolls), toasted

Shredded lettuce

Thinly sliced red onion

Sliced tomato

Sliced pickles


1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Divide the meat into four portions. (Don’t worry about making balls—you want craggily, crispy edges on the burgers.)

2. Lightly oil the skillet, and press each portion of meat into the hot pan with a spatula. Place a heavy item (such as a small cast-iron skillet) on top of the burger while it cooks. Cook until the bottom is dark and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes, then flip and weigh down again. Cook until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes more, then top each burger with a piece of cheese. Cover the skillet and cook just until the cheese melts.

3. To build each burger, spread the Heinz condiments onto each bun, followed by the lettuce and red onion, the burger, tomatoes and pickles.

Nutrition Facts
  • 725 calories

  • 43g fat

  • 54g carbs

  • 33g protein

  • 27g sugars

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Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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