I like mine rare to medium rare but I will take it more well done if the place is suspect. When doing my own at home I ONLY use hamburger from my local meat market. Their hamburger is 90% lean. Excellent and very safe meat since they do everything from raising the cows to butchering them and making the meat in house. As for going out, The Four Star across the street from me has no problem making a nice 1/2 pounder meduim rare. To me if a place is not willing to do something less than medium, they arent very confident in the quality of their meat. Culvers always does a good job for me.