Make a classic hamburger by mixing ground beef, egg, pepper, salt and bread crumbs together and forming the mixture into patties. Cook the patties until the desired level of doneness, and then top with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. Serve on a bun with ketchup and mustard on the side.
Improve upon the basic hamburger patty recipe with flavoring agents ranging from sauces to cheeses and even other meats. Common additions to the hamburger patty mixture include Worcestershire sauce, chopped onion or onion powder, and chopped garlic or garlic powder. Eliminate bread crumbs from the recipe, if desired, but it may result in a more loosely formed patty when cooked.
The most popular variation on the classic hamburger recipe is the cheeseburger. A cheeseburger is often as simple as a standard hamburger with a couple of slices of cheese cooked on top or as complex as having multiple types of cheese both inside and on top of the patty. American, cheddar, pepper jack, swiss and blue cheeses are common choices for hamburger toppings.
Make a stuffed patty by creating a well in the hamburger patty before cooking. Fill the well with meats, cheeses and vegetables and cover with more of the hamburger patty mixture. Pinch the patty together making sure to seal the edges thoroughly and cook as normal. Precook any meats used as a patty stuffing to ensure all of the meats reach the safe temperatures.