The Ultimate Homemade Burger
Hands down, my husband makes the BEST homemade burgers. Juicy, perfectly seasoned, good ole American beef BURGER. In fact, it is so good I’d rather have his homemade burger recipe than go out for burgers these days.
Over the last few years, we have tweaked and perfected the recipe, and so here it is…from our household to yours, I present to you The Ultimate Homemade Burger recipe.
If you want to get fancier, check out this Cheese Stuffed Burger recipe! These are next level burgers where you stuffed cheese into the patties instead of adding a slice of cheese to the burger!
The Best Homemade Burger Recipe
As the weather warms up, and summer is finally showing its face (it is 90 degrees this week in Austin…in May), I start to dream about a solid charcoal-grilled burger.
I love it when my husband grills because I do not have to work very hard in the kitchen, and we get a delicious meal. I make some cheesy potato wedges, cut up some fruits, get myself some ice cold beer, and he does all the hard work outside…
You can make this homemade burger on a charcoal or electric grill. Or even on the stove top. We opt for charcoal because it gives it this charred flavored that, in my biased opinion, only wood can bring.
But our homemade burger is well-seasoned, and there’s so much going for it there, it will taste fantastic even if you grill it on an electric grill or pan fry it on the stove.
I don’t call this the ultimate homemade burger recipe for no reason. It is the best of the best. The only one you will ever need.❤️
How to make the Ultimate Homemade Burger recipe?
Let’s make some homemade burgers! And discover how EASY it is to make it happen!
To get started, fire up your grill. Next, bring 2 lbs of defrosted ground beef into a large mixing bowl, and using your hands or a spatula, sightly loosen the ground beef.
For the burger seasoning, mix the dry ingredients together in a small ramekin, consisting of smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt.
The goal is to enhance the taste of the ground beef with some spices, but not overpower it, because we want to be able to taste the meat. It is, after, a MEAT burger 😉
Pour half of the mixed dry ingredients into the ground beef, use your hand to mix it into the beef, then pour the other half in and do the same.
Next, pour about 2 1/2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce into the ground beef. Use less Worcestershire if ground beef has a higher fat content.
We use 2 1/2 tbsp for 93% lean 7% fat ground beef. If you are using 80% lean 20% fat ground beef, decrease your Worcestershire content to 2 tbsp.
Use hand to mix everything up, making sure you mix thoroughly. Worcestershire binds the meat together.
Next make the burger patties by grabbing about a fistful of ground beef and flattening it into 4-inch wide diameter and 1-inch thick patties.
Round the sides and gently press down on the middle of the patty to form a slight indention in the middle, because when the burgers cook the middle of the circle tend to rise more than the sides.
If you are using a skillet, grease skillet with oil and turn on the heat.
Place patties on grill/skillet, and cook on one side, then flip to cook the other side after a few minutes.
As a reference point, our grill was at 300℉ the whole time, and we cooked for 6 1/2 minutes on each side and got medium-well burgers.
Juicy, tasty, perfectly charred ground beef patties. My tummy is hungry!
Place a slice of cheese on the patties the last 30 seconds or so before removing from heat.
What type of cheese to use on burgers?
We use good quality American because it melts super well and I do have a thing for melted cheese on burgers, but cheddar, swiss, provolone, gouda, pepper jack and so much more work great as well.
Toast the burger buns, assemble… beef and cheese + sliced tomato + lettuce + sauce (ketchup/mayo/mustard) and there you go…
Why make homemade burger?
Yes. Homemade burgers are the best. But why?
Here are all the reasons to make your own homemade burger recipe…
- SO MUCH less grease – Burgers can be super greasy, but if you are health conscious, and still want a burger that is not meatless every now and then (yes, this girl needs her meat), this is the way to go. We use super lean meat for this recipe, and don’t use excessive oil.
- SO MUCH cheaper. I’m telling you, it’s budget meal 101.
- You have full control of what goes into it?
- Want it less/more greasy? Reduce/add vegetable oil when cooking your patties
- Prefer more of less of a certain seasoning? Adjust it based on your preference
- Most importantly…it’s delicious! Because it tastes fresh, the meat is actually flavorful on the inside (not just the surface of the patties).
Other ingredients to add to your burger:
A solid patty is important to make the best homemade burger. But do you know what else is important? Condiments and ingredients in your burger.
I love to pile my homemade burgers with the basic lettuce, tomato, and cheese. But there are days where I like to fancy it up and add some of these to it as well!
- Barbecue sauce instead of, or in addition to mayo/mustard/ketchup
- Grilled Onions
- Grilled Mushrooms
- And a foodie favorite… fried egg 🙂
Lots of options…get creative and jazz up your homemade beef burger! Or just have a old ole tradition burger because some of us can be a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to a classic like this.
The ultimate Homemade Burger. You cannot go wrong. ENJOY!!!
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Sides to go with your beef burger!
- Loaded Baked Potato Salad
- Light Raisin Coleslaw
- Easy Cheesy Potato Wedges
- Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
- Avocado Corn and Black Bean Salsa
- Broccoli Kale and Apple Slaw
- Smoky Baked Black Beans (by my blogger friend, Girl Heart Food!)
The Ultimate Homemade Burger
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 4-8 burger buns
- 8 slices American cheese
- lettuce (iceberg, romaine etc)
- 1-2 tomato sliced
- 1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tbsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 – 2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- vegetable oil if cooking on stove top
- If using grill, fire up the grill.
- Loosen defrosted ground beef with hands or spatula.
- In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients for burger seasoning – smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt. Pour half of the dry seasoning into ground beef, use hand to mix it into the beef, then pour the other half and do the same.
- Next, pour Worcestershire sauce (see Note 1) onto ground beef and mix everything thoroughly.
- Grab a fistful of ground beef and form a round patty ~4 inch in diameter and ~1 inch in thickness. Round the edges and gently press on the middle to create a slight dent in the middle.
- When grill is hot, place burger patties on the grill. Grill 5-7 minutes on each side, or until burger is cooked to your liking (Note 2).
- If using stove top, heat up skillet with some vegetable oil, then place patties on the skillet. When one side is done, flip and cook the other side. Do not overlap and cook in batches if needed.
- Place a slice of cheese on top of the burger during the last 30 seconds of cooking. Remove patties from grill/stovetop. (Note 3)
- Lightly toast burger buns in toaster oven or on the grill if desire.
- Assemble burgers. Place beef patties and cheese between burger buns, and add lettuce, sliced tomato, condiments of your choice (mayo, mustard, ketchup, others?). (See Note 4)
- Serve and enjoy!
Hubby and I LOVE burgers, especially in the summer months and this homemade burger looks divine! Love all that cheese…no going wrong there! Seriously making me hungry right now and totally wishing this was my lunch!! Thanks for the shout out, my friend 🙂
Thanks Dawn! Same here!! Cannot go wrong with a good burger and all the yummy sides. I am so ready for cookouts where I can eat it all!!
Do you mean it will serve 4 if double patties and 8 f single patties…not 4 if single and 8 if double?
Yes – it will serve 4 if double patties and serve 8 if single patties!
We absolutely loved these! The burger seasoning is different than what we are used to, so it isn’t very basic at all. Fantastic. We even made your cheesy potato wedges as a side!
That’s great!! Glad you enjoyed it! Happy to hear that you like the cheesy potato wedges as well! 🙂
The burgers were great!
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!
Juicy, flavorful burgers!
So glad you like it!!
Excellent burger recipe for grilling and for the stove top.
Thank you Greg! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
There is nothing like a great burger in the summer! These are fabulous and love all your topping suggestions!
So happy to hear that you liked the burger! Thanks for the feedback!
These burgers were so good! I made double patties for ours and they were gone in no time. My son even said they were better than our normal burger place. I guess we don’t need to go there anymore 🙂
I love hearing that! Thank you for sharing and I’m thrilled you all liked it so much!
My husband is the biggest burger snob and I surprised him with this recipe for a date night. He loved them! Thank you for this recipe.
That’s awesome that he loved them!!!
The spice blend in these burgers is out of this world! (The paprika had me doing a happy dance!) What a delicious centerpiece. We’ll definitely be making a LOT of these as it warms up!
I’m glad you enjoyed this flavorful burger! The spices in the burger is key for sure! 🙂
There isn’t anything that screams summertime like a homemade burger! I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend when we get some nice weather! Mentally firing up the grill!
I hope you love it as much as we do! Let me know what you think when you try it!
Great recipe. However, your cook time is WILDLY problematic. I would say for normal burgers it should be about 6mins total. Absolutely no way those were medium well…those were burnt.
Cooked every steak imaginable, in every way imaginable. Ground beef is way simpler, but easy to get over cook due to excess surface area. If you want yours to be medium-rare to medium:
1) Get to room temp – I leave mine on the counter for 30-45mins, salted to extract excess moisture.
2) Put it on a preheated grill – 20mins at least, brushed, oiled if you want. Medium high-ish, don’t have to get technical.
3) LEAVE IT ALONE for 3mins. Trust the process.
4) flip it after 3mins, then you guessed it, leave it alone!
2-3mins medium rare
(Cheese with 1min to spare)
When you rest it for 5mins it will continue to rise 7-15deg, so keep i. Mind if you’re using a thermometer. Cut one open if you’re really worried.
NEVER smash a burger with the spatula (unless you know what you are doing for a specific type of smash burger…which should be done with a weight/griddle). Flare ups are fine (fire isn’t!).
If you wanna get cute with it after you’ve done this a bunch: 45seconds in, turn 90deg to get a grid char.
For done-ness look up the thumb/hand test for meat firmness.
Thank you for sharing the details of how it worked for you! There are so many factors that can affect cook time, especially when cooking over fire. As I mentioned in the notes, adjust accordingly! 🙂
The burgers were delicious with just the right amount of seasoning and juicy!
Thank you! Happy to hear that you enjoyed them!
YUM! Just yum, you should make these delicious burgers! We loved it. Definitely add a little extra splash of Worcestershire sauce!
Thank you so much! 🙂 Happy to hear that!
Wow, I learned SO much and these burgers were SO good! Made it on the grill and it turned out delicious. Everyone enjoyed it very much!
I’m so glad to hear that!
It just doesn’t get any better than this burger on the grill! Thanks for all the tips and for a delicious recipe!
Thank you for trying it and sharing how it went!
Made it on the grill this weekend and my family love this burger. I used whole wheat bun, along with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. Most burgers I’ve tried are pretty blend but the spices added to this makes it really flavorful. This was a big hit.
Thank you so much for sharing your feedback, Nikki. So glad it was a hit!
the ultimate homemade burger with mayo stone ground dijon mustard ketchup
Glad you enjoyed it!