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Classic Burgers with Homemade Tomato Ketchup Recipe-7448

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While I am not a huge fan of most store-bought ketchup, I love this homemade version. I especially like it left chunky.




  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, including the puree
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice


  • 1½ to 1¾ pounds ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


To make the ketchup:

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and when it is hot, add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft and golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the remaining ketchup ingredients, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 35 minutes.

Set aside to cool. If you want a chunky ketchup, cover and refrigerate.

For smooth, transfer to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process to the desired texture.

Cover and refrigerate at least overnight and up to 3 weeks. (Yield: about 2 cups)

To make the burgers:

Place the beef on a work surface and divide into 4 balls of equal size. Form each into a patty about ¾ to 1 inch thick by tossing it back and forth between your hands.

To ensure more even cooking, make a ½-inch indentation with your thumb in the center of the burger. Handle the patties as little as possible; do not work more than necessary.

Prepare a grill to medium-high. When the coals are glowing red, after 15 to 20 minutes, cover with the grate. After 5 minutes, use a wire brush to thoroughly clean the grate.

Brush the grate with oil. When the coals are covered with pale gray ash and you can leave your hand 5 inches above the fire for 2 to 3 seconds, the coals are ready.

Sprinkle both sides of the burgers with the salt and pepper. Place the burgers on the grate and grill until well seared on both sides, about 5 minutes for medium rare or 6 minutes for medium.

Transfer to buns or a serving platter and serve immediately.

Alternatively, place a cast iron skillet over high heat and when it is hot but not smoking add the burgers to the dry pan. Cook until well seared on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare or 10 to 12 minutes for medium.

© 2008 Sally Sampson

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 2 tablespoons of ketchup per burger, using 1 3/4lb ground chuck, and does not include the bun.

383kcal (19%)
43mg (4%)
5mg (9%)
3mcg RAE (0%)
114mg (38%)
810mg (34%)
10g (50%)
26g (40%)
4mg (22%)

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