Add ground beef to a large mixing bowl. Break it up gently with hands or a spoon. Add the salt and pepper to the ground beef. Mix the ground beef and seasonings until integrated.
Separate the burger meat into four 8-ounce patties. Form a ball, then flatten the burgers into disc shapes, a little bigger than the burger buns they’ll go on. Push down the center of the burgers, if desired, to make a 2-3” indent. Add an additional sprinkle of salt and pepper to the outside of the burgers, if desired.
Seasoning the inside and outside of ground beef patties makes sure they’re packed with flavor throughout.
Don’t over mix the ground beef - gently combine the ingredients and form discs.
This ground beef recipe works for any burger cooking technique. Cook ground beef patties as desired on the grill, with a sous vide machine, or in a cast-iron skillet.