Your new favorite Hamburger Recipe! There’s nothing like a juicy cheeseburger with fresh crisp toppings on a toasted bun smothered with an irresistible burger sauce. We are sharing our best tips for making the perfect restaurant-style burger with the juiciest patty you’ll sink your teeth into.
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The Best Cheeseburgers
Beef is delicious on its own – it is a high-quality protein that is tender, juicy, and full of natural flavor. The most important tip for making the perfect burgers is to keep it simple. You don’t need a bunch of mix-ins, or you’re just masking the flavor of the beef. Remember it’s not a meatloaf, but a burger.
We’ve ordered burgers from countless restaurants, from nicer steak houses to fast food and we always come back to these homemade cheeseburgers. Making your own patty from scratch will produce the best juicy burger and I can’t resist a generous amount of crisp and fresh toppings (no more soggy lettuce).
Follow our tips below and you will be known for making the best hamburgers!
You want all of your toppings ready to go to assemble the hamburgers when the patties are hot and ready. Toast the buns and prepare toppings first, then cook burger patties. When building a perfect burger, pick toppings that will add appealing texture, color, and flavor.
- Sliced cheese (our favorite is thick-sliced, medium cheddar)
- Dill pickle slices
- Fresh red onions (or caramelized onions)
- Green leaf or iceberg lettuce,
- Bacon + pineapple + the BBQ sauce below
- Jalapeños to add some heat
The Best Hamburger Buns
- Potato Buns – Our top choice because they are the softest with great flavor
- Pub-Style buns – soft, tall, restaurant-style
- Classic Sesame Seed Buns – inexpensive and classic
- Brioche Bun – has a sweeter flavor
- Pretzel Buns – denser but least likely to get mushy
How to Make Hamburger Patties
- Use Ground Chuck Beef (80/20) – grind your own or buy it ground, but 20% fat is ideal and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.
- Don’t overwork your meat – this will make it tough and dense.
- Shape the patties 1” wider than the bun since they shrink on the grill.
- Make an indentation in the center to prevent it from plumping up in the center.
- Don’t Season too early – Salt changes the structure of proteins and toughens burgers so don’t season your ground beef until you have formed your patties and are ready to grill.
- Get a good Sear – Once on the grill, let patties brown and sear well (3-5 min) before flipping, and do not press down on the burger save that for making Smash Burgers.
Pro Tip: If you prefer a thicker, beefier patty, try making 1/3 lb patties, but keep in mind, the grilling time will be longer with thicker patties.
How to Tell When Burgers are Done
Whether you are working with fresh ground beef or fully thawed, the recommendation is that cooked patties should feel firm to the touch and be cooked to 160˚F on an instant-read thermometer. Keep in mind that color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness so do not cut into it to check or the juices will drain out just like with a steak.
Can I Cook Hamburgers on the Stovetop?
Yes! Most restaurants cook on a cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet over medium/high heat and add a high heat oil (not butter), adding just enough to lightly coat the bottom. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, add burger patty and sauté without moving it for 3 to 5 minutes per side the same way you would on a grill, cooking to a safe internal temperature of 160˚F on an instant-read thermometer.
How to Assemble Burgers
There are differing opinions on how to build a burger. My husband’s first job was at Chilis®️ where he learned how to put together a restaurant-style burger. Here is how the pros assemble their burgers:
- Sauce – Apply a generous amount of sauce to both buns (see below for our favorite burger sauces).
- Toppings – Place pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion onto the bottom bun
- Patty – Place cheesy burger patty over the veggies and cover with top bun
The Best Burger Sauce
We love a good aioli (flavored mayo) for burgers. These are super easy to whip up and have impressive flavor. The adult favorite around here is the BBQ aioli and the kids’ favorite is “Fry Sauce.” Experiment and make them all for a seriously impressive (but easy) burger sauce spread!
I hope this Burger Recipe becomes a new favorite for you. Over the years, we have tried all kinds of burger recipes – stuffed burgers, various beef mix-ins, and seasonings, but we keep coming back to this classic beef burger. It’s so simple but with hamburgers, the simplest recipe really is the best.
Serve Burgers with
These are our favorite BBQ Side dishes for a summer cookout and they pair perfectly with Burgers.
Perfect Hamburger Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
The Best Burger Recipe! Sharing our secrets for making restaurant-quality hamburgers, from the juiciest burger patties to the best buns and burger sauces.
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Cost to Make:
Servings: 4 hamburgers
Classic Cheeseburger Toppings:
medium cheddar cheese, (thick sliced)
large tomato, sliced into 8 rings
green leaf lettuce
red onion, thinly sliced into rings
dill pickle slices
Slice, and prepare all of your burger toppings and sauces.
Spread the cut-side of the bun with softened or melted butter and toast the cut side on a skillet or on the grill until golden brown. You can toast the bun ahead or in the last couple of minutes with the burgers on the grill. Toasting the bun adds great flavor and prevents a soggy bun.
Preheat grill to medium heat. Divide ground beef into 4 portions and form patties that are about 1/2″ thick and 1″ wider than the burger buns. Season patties generously with salt and pepper.
Grill hamburger patties (indent-side-up) covered for 3-5 min each side on the grill. Flip burgers when juices are accumulating on top of the burger and you have a good sear. Apply cheese in the last 1-2 minutes of grilling then cover with the lid and cook until the internal temperature of beef reaches 160˚F.
How to Make Burger Sauces:
- BBQ Aioli: 1/3 cup mayo + 1 tsp BBQ Sauce (we love sweet BBQ)
- Mustard Aioli: 1/3 cup mayo + 1 tsp yellow mustard
- Dijon Aioli: 1/3 cup mayo + 1 tsp dijon mustard
- Fry Sauce: 1/3 cup mayo + 1 Tbsp ketchup
Perfect Hamburger Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.