Burgers for Every Craving
Get ready for a big bite! From the best hamburger recipes and stellar veggie burgers, to homemade buns and DIY toppings, we’ve got all the recipes and tips you'll need to build your own perfect burger.
The aroma hooked me in. On a recent summery day I flung open the windows to let the fresh breeze from the garden blow through the house, and along came a waft of something that was definitely not roses or jasmine...meat. Meat on a grill. Smoky meat on a grill. Like Mickey Mouse aloft in search of pumpkin pie, I followed my nose outside to investigate. Burgers.
Sure enough, that nice couple across the street was grilling, and I could see a metal spatula going in for the flip. It was tempting to invite myself to dinner, but with a sigh, I stopped gawking and stepped back inside. Since then I’ve had a major craving. I’m dreaming of burgers with the works: juicy, nicely charred hamburger patties tucked into soft buns with a heap of salty, tangy sweet toppings (bacon jam! pickled onions!).
If the recent surge in searches on Yummly for hamburgers and hamburger buns is any indication, you’ve got the same longing. And that means only one thing. We gotta get cooking.
Here’s what you’ll find in this post:
You’ve probably made burgers plenty of times, but if you’re ready to elevate the results, read on.
What’s the best meat for hamburgers?
A good burger is one that’s so juicy it drips down your chin, right? To achieve this, you need some fat. For the classic burger, bypass extra-lean ground meat and go for ground beef chuck (it will be labeled with an 80:20 lean-to-fat ratio or say "80% lean").
Some cooks like to up the stakes with a custom blend, either ground to order by a butcher, or ground at home. The blog Oh, Sweet Basil recommends a 60:40 mix of chuck and brisket (an extra-flavorful cut) in 2 Secrets for the Best Hamburger. J. Kenji López-Alt goes for all brisket in his Simple, Perfect Fresh-Ground Brisket Burgers, and explains how to grind the meat using a meat grinder or food processor. Rachael Ray’s Graze Burger, modeled after a luxe burger from a restaurant, features a custom grind of sirloin, rib-eye, and bacon.
How to make hamburger patties
Handle the meat gently when you season and shape it, keep the patties cold until cooking, and make them ¾ to 1 inch thick — that’s the consensus of many burger pros. Then there are the fine points. For starters, shape your patties 1 inch wider than the buns since the meat will shrink as it cooks, advises How to Grill the Best Burgers (an excellent simple hamburger recipe).
For Juicy Steakhouse Burgers, Once Upon a Chef shapes patties as she learned when working at a steakhouse, with a depression in the burgers so they stay even and don’t puff up on the grill. (She also adds a blend of white bread and milk to the meat to keep the burgers tender and juicy.) Have you tried a smash burger? Freddy’s Burgers, by Pioneer Woman, demonstrates the thin-burger “smash” technique that’s ideal if you like crusty edges.
How to season hamburgers
Whether or not you prefer burgers plain or loaded with toppings is up to you, but I think we can all agree that a burger just ain’t a burger without salt. And it turns out when you add salt is critical to the burger’s final texture. J. Kenji López-Alt did the heavy lifting to answer this important question. If you salt the meat before shaping the patties, you’ll get a dense, sausage-like texture, he learned. But if you wait and salt the outside until just before cooking, your burgers will be loose-textured and tender.
At what temperature are hamburgers done?
For food safety, the USDA recommends cooking ground beef to 160°, or well done, as measured on an instant-read thermometer. That said, you may decide to make a different choice for reasons of personal taste. Here is the range of meat temperatures:
Well done 160°
How long to cook hamburgers on the grill
Here are the basics on how to grill hamburgers for patties 1 inch thick: Heat a grill to medium-high (400° to 500°). Grill the burgers with the lid closed, turning them once, until they’re nicely browned and 160° in the center (or done the way you like), about 10 minutes total. For cheeseburgers, add a slice of cheese to patties during the last minute or two of cooking.
How long to cook hamburgers on the stove
Here are the basics on how to cook hamburgers in a pan on the stove, for patties 1 inch thick: Heat a frying pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers, turning them once, until they’re nicely browned and 160° in the center (or done the way you like), 6 to 10 minutes total. For cheeseburgers, add a slice of cheese to patties during the last minute or two of cooking.
10 favorite hamburger recipes (including turkey and chicken burgers)
We’ve covered quick and easy hamburger recipes. Ready to consider some gourmet hamburger recipes?
The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburgers
This one is truly all about the bacon: Burgers, cooked on the stovetop in bacon fat, are topped with caramelized onions cooked in bacon fat, plus a bacon fat mayo, and a crispy woven bacon topping. Wowza.
Bacon Blue Cheese Burger
Salty blue cheese meets salty-sweet bacon and caramelized onions over burgers that you cook on the grill or on the stove. A touch of onion powder, salt, and pepper season the meat.
Life Tastes Good reimagines a Caprese salad in the form of summery, tangy-sweet burgers. She grills the patties, adding a homemade balsamic glaze, and then tops them with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato, and basil leaves. Chopped mushrooms, egg, and almond flour in the burger patties help hold in the juices, a bit as you might make meatloaf.
Maybe you were looking for a hamburger recipe in the oven for those times when you don’t want to fire up the grill and you don’t want to deal with spatters or multiple pans on the stove. Just set the patties on a wire rack in a sheet pan which you’ve lined with foil and roast them in a hot oven. No flipping required.
Homemade Patty Melt
Was there ever a better excuse for a deliciously messy, multiple-napkin meal than the patty melt? Get yourself some good rye or sourdough bread, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing. Season the burgers with a little Worcestershire sauce, pan-brown to perfection, and add caramelized onions and the works.
In-N-Out's Double-Double, Animal Style
Some clever cooks make an art out of reverse-engineering their favorite restaurant dishes, and that’s the case with this copycat recipe. Serious Eats browns thin patties (two per burger) with mustard spread on the meat, adds American cheese, and then sandwiches them with browned onions and a sweet pickle-ketchup mayo. Dill pickle chips, tomato, and iceberg lettuce? Check.
Grilled Korean Bulgogi Burgers With Kimchi Mayo and Pickled Daikon
Imagine the flavors of Korean grilled, marinated beef in burger form! You’ll grill burgers simply and then glaze them with a bulgogi sauce featuring gochuchang (spicy Korean red pepper paste). Sesame buns, kimchi mayo, pickled daikon radish, and shredded cabbage complete the feast.
Grilled Turkey Burgers
Turkey burgers can be on the timid side, but Once Upon a Chef makes them both juicy and tasty by mixing approximately equal parts ground turkey and ground turkey Italian sausage for the patties.
Bbq Chicken Burgers
Smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and your favorite barbecue sauce season these burgers, with a little shredded cheddar for good measure. At serving time layer them up with caramelized onions, more sauce, and cheese.
Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo
The hot sauce that you love in fried Buffalo chicken seasons both the patties and the blue cheese mayo for these easy burgers. Panko bread crumbs mixed with the ground meat help it stay moist on the grill.
Veggie burgers to love
How to make veggie burgers that you’ll want to serve again and again? Let's consider a few creative ideas for black bean burgers, the classic mushroom burger, and even sweet potato burgers.
Ultimate Grillable Vegan Burgers
Black bean burgers get the deluxe treatment with quick-pickled onions, chipotle silken tofu “mayo,” and guacamole.
Black Bean Burger with Seared Apple and BBQ Sauce
For a quick and easy veggie burger, mash canned black beans into a chunky paste and then stir in dried breadcrumbs, egg, dried seasonings, and a little bell pepper and onion. Brown the patties in a skillet and then serve with tangy pan-seared apples and barbecue sauce.
Portobello Mushroom Burger
This weeknight-friendly, classic mushroom burger features grilled, large and meaty portobellos, sundried tomatoes, wilted spinach, a little onion, and mayo.
Vegan Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
Inspired by the much-loved flavors of Southern cooking, these burgers are a (literal) mash-up of sweet potatoes with roasted pecans, kale, plus some quinoa to help hold the patties together.
Homemade hamburger bun recipes
Maybe you’re going all-out with your burger experience and have decided to make your own buns. Or maybe the store inexplicably ran out of buns. Whichever the reason you’re firing up the oven, you’re in for a treat when you make hamburger buns from scratch.
Homemade Hamburger Buns in 20 Minutes
No-yeast hamburger buns in 20 minutes? It’s possible, when you stir up a dough that’s reminiscent of biscuits. Baking powder makes these rise, and yogurt, butter, and honey make them moist and a little sweet.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
A light and tender texture and slightly sweet flavor reminiscent of brioche buns make these yeast-leavened hamburger buns a winner.
Cheesy Keto Hamburger Buns
If you follow the keto diet, then classic carb-centric hamburger buns don’t work for you. But you can enjoy buns made with an ingenious combination of almond flour, mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and eggs.
From-scratch hamburger toppings
While you can make a very fine burger with store-bought fixings, the ultimate burger deserves the homemade touch.
There may be no more swoonworthy fixing for a burger than bacon jam. Smoky, savory, and sweet, it’s made from browned bacon that’s cooked down with onions, garlic, black coffee, cider vinegar, brown sugar, and maple syrup until syrupy. The recipe takes 1 ¾ hours on the stove or about 4 hours in the slow cooker, but then keeps for a month in the fridge.
You never knew ketchup could taste so good until you cooked down fresh tomatoes with ginger, garlic, chili, roasted pepper, vinegar, and brown sugar. In about an hour, it’s go time.
How to Make the Best Caramelized Onions
Any burger is improved with a pile of caramelized onions. The secret is to cook them slowly over low heat to bring out their sweetness.
How To Make Pickled Red Onions
Tangy spiced onions add a big pop of flavor and color to your burgers and take less than 10 minutes hands-on time to make.
Quick Dill Pickles
Your own crunchy pickles, made with fresh pickling cucumbers, dill, and spices, the old-fashioned way! They take about 45 minutes to put together, and then need to chill overnight.
You can give any burger the diner touch with a big ol’ pile of tender browned mushrooms.
Once you’ve treated yourself to the ultra-fresh flavor of homemade guac made with just-smashed avocados, you may never go back to store-bought.
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