I have tried and tried to make a good hamburger and have been miserably unsuccessful. My family makes a mixture of hamburger meat, wet bread, ketchup, and other ingredients that forever ruined me for sub standard hamburgers. I have tried to replicate it and cannot, and honestly don't want to anymore. I want my own recipe! I have tried just forming ground chuck into patties and grilling with light seasoning. Bland. Tried ground round, ground beef, all to the same end. My wife has even gone so far to say that her favorite burger is the one you buy preformed from the grocery store! I have not tried the burger in Steven's HTG because I can't get my hands on any taragon to make the butter. I love hambugers and I hate having to eat someone else's to have a good one.
Also, how do you cook hamburgers? Every time I cook them, so much fat is grilled out that it causes a huge flare up (I use a 22.5 Weber Platinum) and burns the outside of the burgers before I can get the inside done. I have pulled them to cooler parts of the grill but that ends up being more of an indirect cook because every time I put them back over the coals, they flare up again.