1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
Salt and pepper (optional)
6 slices cheese, cut into desired shapes
Red or green bell peppers, cut into desired shapes
Pitted olives, cut into desired shapes
6 lettuce leaves
6 hamburger buns, split
Lightly shape ground beef into six 1/2-inch thick patties. Do not overhandle. Choose a cooking method.
To broil: Place patties on a rack in a broiler pan so surface of meat is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are no longer pink, turning once.