How to Grill the Perfect Burger

Cheesy olive burgers on a tin

The best grilled beef burgers with green olives and muenster cheese.


  • 1-pound 85/15 or 80/20 ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup sliced green olives
  • 4 slices muenster or Swiss cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Tomato slices, lettuce leaves and mayonnaise, for serving


  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat or 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Form the ground beef into 4 equal-sized patties, about 1-inch thick; place them into the refrigerator until ready to grill.
  3. Season both sides of the patties with salt and black pepper. Brush the grill grates with about a teaspoon of olive oil. Place the burgers on the grill at least 2 inches apart and cook 3-4 minutes with the lid closed or until the edges become browned. Flip and cook 2-3 more minutes with the lid closed, then carefully scoop a tablespoon of green olives on each burger and top each with a slice of cheese. Cook an additional minute or until cheese is melted and the inside of the internal burger temperature reaches 160 degrees (adjust the cooking times based on desired doneness).
  4. In the meantime, brush the bun halves with the remaining olive oil. Place them on the opposite side of the grill for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  5. Serve burgers on the toasted buns with tomato slices, lettuce leaves and mayonnaise.


Cooking Tip: Use an instant-read thermometer to test burger doneness.


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