Best Hamburger Recipe

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This best hamburger recipe is an easy and delicious meal to toss on the grill and enjoy with a variety of toppings (and of course best served on homemade burger buns)! Learn how to make hamburger patties with only 4 ingredients – guaranteed to be the best burgers you’ve ever had!

a stack of two hamburgers, the top one has a bite taken out of it


Our family loves hamburgers so much that we make this homemade hamburger recipe once a week during grilling season.

It only takes 4 ingredients and 10 minutes to prepare this hamburger recipe. And it results in the best burgers you’ve ever had! They are a testament to the fact that delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated!

Follow along to learn how to make homemade hamburger patties even more delicious than your favorite burger restaurant, and don’t forget to make these homemade hamburger buns too!

homemade hamburger on a bun with toppings

Hamburger Recipe: Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead photo of the ingredients in this Best Hamburger Recipe
  • Ground beef. For the best results, use 85% lean ground beef. You can use 80% or 93% lean beef as well.
  • Barbecue Sauce. Choose your favorite barbecue sauce. I suggest this organic BBQ sauce!
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning. This is a staple in our house. Try this variety or this one.
  • Olive oil. avocado oil or canola oil can be used in place of olive oil.
homemade hamburger patty on a bun with toppings

How to Make Hamburgers

Let’s walk through how to make homemade hamburger patties step by step, and don’t forget to watch the video!

Begin by preheating the grill to high (about 450 to 500 degrees F)

a  photo showing How to Make Hamburger Patties - combining ingredients in a bowl

Then, combine the ground beef, barbecue sauce and 1 Tablespoon Montreal seasoning in a large bowl.

a  photo showing How to Make Hamburger Patties - ingredients combined in a bowl

Next, form the mixture into 8, quarter-pound patties that are about 4” in diameter. Set the patties on a large baking sheet.

8 homemade hamburger patties on a baking sheet

Brush one side of the patties with olive oil and use the remaining Montreal seasoning to lightly sprinkle each patty (you will be sprinkling both sides of the patties to use the seasoning accordingly).

How to Make Hamburger Patties - brushing olive oil on the top of the burger patties

Then, flip the hamburger patties and repeat, brushing the second side with olive oil and sprinkling with seasoning.

sprinkling seasoning on top of homemade hamburger patties

Once the patties are ready, grill the burgers on the first side for 3-4 minutes, flip and grill on the second side for 3 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 155 to 160 degrees F in the center (this varies depending on how you like your burgers cooked and the thickness of your patties).

8 grilled hamburger patties on a plate

To Make in Advance

You can also form the patties in advance to grill later in the day, or the next day).

To do this, form the patties and place them on the baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet in plastic wrap and store the formed hamburger patties in the refrigerator.

Remove them from the refrigerator to warm close to room temperature about 30 minutes before grilling.

8 grilled hamburger patties on a plate

Serve

Serve immediately on homemade hamburger buns with your preferred condiments alongside your favorite barbecue side dishes.

What to put on a hamburger

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheese (add cheese in the last 2 minutes of grilling on the second side so it melts).
toppings being put onto hamburgers on buns

Best sides to serve with hamburgers

a stack of two hamburgers, one with a bite taken out of it

How to Store/Freeze Hamburgers

If you find yourself with leftover homemade hamburger patties, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or, freeze the patties in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Reheat in the oven or on the stovetop.

a hamburger with toppings on a bun

Recipe FAQs

What can I add to hamburger to make it better?

This burger recipe is incredibly flavorful as-is. Here are some additional sauces and spices that you can add to the patties before grilling:
-Mustard
-Paprika
-Garlic Powder
-Onion Powder

Do you need to put egg in burgers?

No, there is no egg in this recipe.


How do you make hamburgers taste like a restaurant?

Brushing them with olive oil and dusting them with seasoning makes these burgers better than your favorite restaurant!

a hamburger on a bun with a bite taken out of it

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Best Homemade Hamburgers Recipe

Laura
This best hamburger recipe is an easy and delicious meal to toss on the grill and enjoy with a variety of toppings (and of course is best served on homemade burger buns)! Learn how to make hamburger patties with only 4 ingredients – guaranteed to be the best burgers you've ever had!
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Burger Patties
Calories 337
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time17 minutes

Ingredients  

Toppings/Condiments:

Instructions 

  • Preheat the grill to high (about 450 to 500 degrees F)
  • Combine the ground beef, barbecue sauce and 1 Tablespoon Montreal seasoning in a large bowl.
  • Form the mixture into 8, quarter-pound patties that are about 4” in diameter. Set the patties on a large baking sheet.
  • Brush one side of the patties with olive oil and use the remaining Montreal seasoning to lightly sprinkle each patty. (you will be sprinkling both sides of the patties to use the seasoning accordingly).
  • Flip and repeat, brushing the second side with olive oil and sprinkling with seasoning.
  • Grill the burgers on the first side for 3-4 minutes, flip and grill on the second side for 3 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 155 to 160 degrees F in the center (this varies depending on how you like your burgers cooked and the thickness of your patties).
  • Serve immediately on buns with your favorite condiments.

Video

Notes

*Add cheese in the last two minutes of grilling on the second side! 
Nutrition information calculated for just the burger patty alone without the bun and toppings. 
Ingredient Substitutions
  • Ground beef. For the best results, use 85% lean ground beef. You can use 80% or 93% lean beef as well.
  • Barbecue Sauce. Choose your favorite barbecue sauce. I suggest this organic BBQ sauce!
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning. This is a staple in our house. Try this variety or this one.
  • Olive oil. avocado oil or canola oil can be used in place of olive oil.
How to Store/Freeze Hamburgers
Store leftover hamburger patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or, freeze the patties in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Reheat in the oven or on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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