Cut up the tomato and get the lettuce all set to go.
Get your grill/pan/etc hot.
Salt & pepper the ground beef and then divide into 8oz (1/2 lb) portions for singles or you can use smaller 6oz portions for a double burger. Flatten into patties that are about 1/2 inch larger than the buns.
Put a thumbprint in the middle of the patty so it doesn’t puff up when cooking.
Grill your burgers about 4min on the first side.
Cook until you reach the correct temp (140F for medium), usually about 2 to 4 minutes.
Add cheese about a minute before you pull the burgers off the grill.
Optional: Add ketchup & mayo (about 50/50) to the bottom of the bun.
Stack up the ingredients (if you keep a lettuce leaf on top it keeps that bun from getting too soggy from the tomato) and enjoy!