Homemade Hamburger
Homemade Hamburger
5 from 1 vote
This is the best hamburger recipe out there. Simply seasoned yet packed with flavour, this American hamburger recipe is an absolute must-make for your next BBQ. Juicy, tender, and flavourful, you’ll get perfect patties every time.

This hamburger recipe is a classic American dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year. There is nothing quite like biting into a juicy, delicious hamburger.  

Last year, my husband bought an outdoor barbeque and ever since then, I have been loving creating new recipes to make on the grill. 

The first item I ever made on our new BBQ was my lamb shish kebabs. We had invited family around and it went down an absolute treat. They were so juicy and moist just like this hamburger recipe.  

With the summer months around the corner, it seemed only fitting that I make more barbeque-friendly recipes. 

The idea was born because a friend of my husband owns a local takeaway that makes the tastiest smash burgers.  

I thought I’d try my hand at making my very own homemade burgers in the hopes that my husband would spend less time in the takeaway and more time with me!  

Trust me on this one when I say these hamburgers were absolutely delicious. Burgers aren’t really something I crave, but if I were to be handed this hamburger on a plate, I’d wolf it down in seconds.  

So, whether you’re grilling up patties for a summer cookout or just craving a classic burger and fries, making your own burgers at home is a simple and satisfying way to satisfy your hunger. 

What Ingredients to Use & Why

Ah, the classic hamburger, a pillar of American cuisine! Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients for our hearty and mouth-watering burger recipe.

Ground Beef: The star of the show, ground beef brings juicy, meaty goodness to our hamburger. The 20% fat content ensures a tender, flavourful patty that’ll have everyone drooling. If you’re not a beef fan, fear not! Try ground turkey, chicken, or even a plant-based alternative like Beyond Meat or Impossible Burger.

Egg, Onion, and Garlic: These three amigos work together to bind and flavour our patties. The egg acts as a binder, the onion brings a bit of crunch and sweetness, and the garlic imparts that irresistible garlicky aroma. No vampires will be bothering you tonight!

Salt and Black Pepper: The spice squad! Salt and black pepper are the dynamic duos that’ll enhance the flavours of our burger.

Worcestershire Sauce: Worcestershire sauce adds a tangy, savoury kick that’ll make your taste buds dance. Alternative sauces like soy sauce, A1 Steak Sauce, or even a splash of balsamic vinegar can also give your burger that extra oomph.

Burger Buns: Our burger’s cosy home. Soft, slightly toasted buns hold everything together, creating the perfect bite. You can switch it up with brioche, pretzel, or whole wheat buns, or even go bun-less and use lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.

Cheese: The melty, gooey goodness that blankets our burger patty. We’ve used cheddar here, but feel free to get creative with Swiss, pepper jack, blue cheese, or even vegan cheese if that’s your jam.

Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion: The fresh veggie trio that adds a delightful crunch and vibrant colour to our masterpiece. Mix it up with arugula, spinach, or even grilled mushrooms for a fun twist.

Ketchup and Mayonnaise: The saucy finish to our burger extravaganza. Ketchup brings sweetness and tang, while mayo adds creamy richness. Feeling adventurous? Try mustard, BBQ sauce, sriracha, or any other condiment that tickles your fancy.

There you have it, folks! The breakdown of our legendary hamburger recipe. Have fun with it, and remember: the secret to the perfect burger lies in the love and laughter you share while making it.

The Perfect Ground Beef Fat Content for Your Hamburger

I’ve spent countless hours experimenting with different fat content ratios in my ground beef. And let me tell you, it makes a world of difference! The ideal fat content for your hamburger recipe is 20%. This ratio gives the burger patty a succulent, juicy texture that will have you licking your fingers in delight.

I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t fat bad for you?” Well, yes and no. While consuming too much fat can be unhealthy, it’s essential for making a delicious burger.

The fat content in the beef is responsible for the flavour and juiciness, as it melts during the cooking process. Anything less than 20% fat and your burgers may turn out dry and lacklustre.

However, you don’t want to go overboard either. Too much fat can lead to an excessively greasy burger that’s overwhelming to eat. Trust me, I’ve made that mistake before, and it’s not pretty. So, stick to the sweet spot of 20% fat, and your taste buds will thank you.

Substituting Ground Turkey or Chicken for Beef

I am always open to experimenting with new ingredients. If you’re looking to swap out ground beef for something a bit leaner, ground turkey or chicken can be a fantastic alternative.

Both options provide a lighter flavour and lower fat content, making them great for those watching their waistline or simply wanting a change of pace.

When substituting ground turkey or chicken, keep in mind that these meats are generally leaner, meaning you may need to add a bit of extra moisture to your recipe. I’ve found that adding a tablespoon of olive oil or mixing in some grated zucchini or carrot can help maintain that juicy texture we all crave in a burger.

Remember that poultry needs to be cooked thoroughly to avoid the risk of foodborne illness. Always ensure that the internal temperature of your turkey or chicken burger reaches 165°F (74°C) before serving.

Alternative Seasonings and Sauces for Burger Patties

I’m all about finding new ways to spice up my burger patties. Here are a few of my favourite seasoning and sauce ideas to take your burgers to the next level:

  • Smoky BBQ twist: Mix in a tablespoon of your favourite BBQ sauce with the ground beef and add a dash of smoked paprika. Top your burger with caramelized onions and extra BBQ sauce for a finger-lickin’ good experience.
  • Spicy Tex-Mex: Combine a teaspoon of chilli powder, cumin, and paprika with the ground beef, and serve your burger with jalapenos, avocado, and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Zesty Italian: Blend a tablespoon of pesto into the ground beef, and top your burger with sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Feel free to get creative and mix and match your favourite flavours. The beauty of burgers is their versatility – so don’t be afraid to experiment!

Choosing the Best Cheese for Your Hamburger and Exploring Alternatives

Ah, cheese – the gooey, melty goodness that brings a burger to life. I’ve tried countless cheese varieties on my burgers, and while cheddar is a classic choice, there’s a whole world of delicious options out there! Here are some of my favourites:

  • Swiss cheese: This mild, nutty cheese has a delightful melting quality that makes it perfect for burgers. Plus, who can resist those iconic holes?
  • Pepper Jack: Looking for a little kick? Pepper Jack, with its spicy blend of jalapeno or habanero peppers, will give your burger some heat without overpowering the flavours.
  • Blue cheese: For a bold, tangy twist, try adding crumbled blue cheese to your burger. It pairs exceptionally well with bacon and caramelized onions.

Remember, cheese is all about personal preference, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different types to find your perfect match.

Prepping and Freezing Burger Patties for Later Use

I know the importance of meal prep. Freezing burger patties is a fantastic way to have a quick, delicious meal on hand when time is short. Here’s my tried-and-true method for prepping and freezing burger patties:

  • Shape your burger patties according to the recipe and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Pop the baking sheet into the freezer for about an hour, or until the patties are firm to the touch.
  • Transfer the patties to a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container, separating each layer with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to cook your frozen patties, you can either thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or cook them straight from frozen. Just be sure to adjust your cooking time accordingly – frozen patties will take a bit longer to cook through.

Tips for Grilling the Perfect Burger Patty

I’m here to share my top tips for achieving that perfect sear and even cooking on your burger patties:

  • Preheat your grill: Start by preheating your grill or grill pan over medium-high heat for at least 10 minutes. A hot grill ensures a great sear and helps prevent sticking.
  • Oil the grates: Lightly oil the grates using a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil. This step is crucial for avoiding any tragic patty-sticking incidents.
  • Don’t press the patties: While it might be tempting to press down on your patties with a spatula, resist the urge! Doing so squeezes out all the delicious juices, leaving you with a dry burger.
  • Flip only once: Cook your patties for 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Constant flipping can cause the patties to break apart and lose their juiciness.

Remember, practice makes perfect! The more you grill, the more you’ll develop an intuition for when your patties are cooked to perfection.

Gluten-Free Buns and Bread Alternatives

I understand that not everyone can enjoy traditional burger buns. But fear not, my gluten-sensitive friends! There are plenty of delicious alternatives out there that will have you saying, “What gluten?” Here are some of my top picks:

  • Gluten-free buns: Many grocery stores and bakeries offer gluten-free burger buns made from alternative flours like rice, almond, or coconut. Just be sure to toast them for added structure and flavour.
  • Lettuce wraps: For a low-carb, gluten-free option, swap out the bun for large lettuce leaves. Romaine, iceberg, or butter lettuce all work well as a sturdy, crunchy base.
  • Portobello mushrooms: Roast or grill two large portobello mushroom caps to create a tasty, gluten-free “bun” for your burger. Not only do they provide a unique flavour, but they also add extra nutrients to your meal.

Remember, the key is to find a substitute that works for your dietary needs and taste preferences.

Healthier Toppings and Condiment Alternatives

I love finding ways to make indulgent meals a bit more nutritious. Here are some healthier topping and condiment ideas to elevate your hamburger without the guilt:

  • Swap mayo for Greek yoghurt: Mix a dollop of plain Greek yoghurt with your favourite herbs and spices for a creamy, protein-packed spread.
  • Pile on the veggies: Don’t skimp on the lettuce, tomato, and onion! You can also get creative by adding sautéed mushrooms, roasted red peppers, or grilled zucchini slices.
  • Use avocado as a spread: Mash up some ripe avocado and spread it on your bun for a healthy dose of good fats and creamy texture.
  • Opt for whole-grain mustard: Instead of ketchup, try using whole-grain mustard for a tangy, lower-sugar alternative.

Remember, every little tweak counts when it comes to making healthier choices. So go ahead and indulge in that burger, knowing you’ve made some smart swaps.

Side Dishes That Complement Your Hamburger

As a firm believer in the power of sides, I know that the perfect accompaniment can take a meal from good to great. Here are some delicious side dishes that pair beautifully with hamburgers:

  • Sweet potato fries: For a healthier twist on classic fries, try baking sweet potato wedges with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and your favourite spices.
  • Coleslaw: A tangy, crunchy coleslaw adds a refreshing contrast to the rich flavours of a burger. Mix it up by using yoghurt-based dressing or adding fun mix-ins like dried cranberries and nuts.
  • Grilled corn on the cob: Brush corn with a little butter and grill alongside your burger patties for a smoky, summery side dish.
  • Caprese salad: Pair your burger with a simple Caprese salad made from ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the (side dish) box and try new combinations!

Burger Patty Doneness: Adjusting Cooking Times

I know that everyone has their preferred level of doneness. Here’s a handy guide to help you achieve the perfect patty for your taste:

  • Rare (130°F / 54°C): Cook for 2-3 minutes per side. The centre will be cool and red.
  • Medium-rare (135°F / 57°C): Cook for 3-4 minutes per side. The centre will be warm and pink with a hint of red.
  • Medium (145°F / 63°C): Cook for 4-5 minutes per side. The centre will be warm and mostly pink with a touch of brown.
  • Medium-well (150°F / 66°C): Cook for 5-6 minutes per side. The centre will be hot and mostly brown with just a hint of pink.
  • Well-done (160°F / 71°C): Cook for 6-7 minutes per side. The centre will be hot, brown, and fully cooked through with no pink remaining.

To ensure accuracy, I recommend using an instant-read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your patties. Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and cook your burgers a little longer if you’re unsure.

Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your patties and the heat of your grill or stovetop. As you gain experience, you’ll develop a better sense of when your burgers are cooked to your desired doneness.

The world of hamburgers is as diverse as it is delicious. By exploring different ingredients, cooking techniques, and flavour combinations, you can create a memorable burger experience tailored to your unique preferences.

Whether you’re a classic cheeseburger lover or a daring flavour adventurer, there’s always something new to discover in the quest for the perfect hamburger.

Check Out These Other Recipes

If you loved my hamburger recipe, I’ve got a whole range of mouth-watering dishes that you must try! Imagine digging into the scrumptious Chicken Pasta or savouring a flavourful slice of Pizza Bread.

How about indulging in the perfect blend of spices and meat with a plate of Keema Curry or Lamb Karahi? Maybe you’re in the mood for some crunch, and my Popcorn Chicken or Southern Fried Chicken will hit the spot.

Looking for a twist on a classic? Give the Aloo Keema or Chicken Tikka Masala a try for a delightful Indian spin on traditional favourites.

Oh, and don’t forget about the delectable side dishes like Garlic Bruschetta or Naan Bread to complete your meal. And what better way to end it than with a sweet note from a plate of Chocolate Chip Cookies or a slice of Blueberry Cheesecake?

I can’t wait for you to try these recipes and many more from my collection. Don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comments section! I always love hearing your feedback and sharing my love of cooking with others.


Homemade Hamburger

by Nabeela Kauser
This is the best hamburger recipe out there. Simply seasoned yet packed with flavour, this American hamburger recipe is an absolute must-make for your next BBQ. Juicy, tender, and flavourful, you’ll get perfect patties every time.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 578 kcal


Meat Patty

  • 500 g Minced Meat Beef, preferably 20% fat
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Onion Finely chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic Minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce


  • 4 Burger Buns
  • 4 slices Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise


  • Start by combining beef mince, egg, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Divide the mixture into four portions and shape each one into a 2cm-thick patty.
  • Heat a non-stick or grill pan over medium-high heat, and cook the patties for 3-4 minutes per side until they’re fully cooked through.
  • While the patties are cooking, prepare the burger buns by slicing them in half and toasting them lightly in the oven or under the grill.
  • When the patties are almost done, add a slice of cheddar cheese to each patty to melt.
  • To assemble the burgers, place a cooked patty on the bottom half of each bun, add your preferred toppings, and then place the top half of the bun on top.
  • Serve the burgers immediately with your favourite sides, such as fries or onion rings.


  • Feel free to personalize the toppings to your liking.
  • If you want your burgers cooked differently, adjust the cooking time accordingly. However, keep in mind that eating undercooked ground beef may increase the risk of food poisoning.
  • You can also use a frying pan on the stovetop to cook the patties, using a little oil to prevent sticking.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 578kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 34gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 1132mgPotassium: 487mgFibre: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 345IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 299mgIron: 4mg
Keyword BBQ, Burger, Food, Grilled, Homemade, Recipe, Summer
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