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  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (90 percent lean)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. Combine all ingredients, except buns, in a large metal bowl. Be careful not to overwork the meat. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature, covered with wax paper, 30 minutes.
  2. Form meat into a 4 patties.
  3. Cook in a skillet over medium-high heat or grill until internal temperature reaches 150F (about 3 minutes per side for a 1/2-inch-thick patty.)
  4. Serve on buns with your favorite condiments. Try adding a thin slice of daikon for some crunch instead of an onion. 
Recipe by Chris Chamberlain

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The recipe was originally published as Savory Beef Burgers on Relish.com

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