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The Best Homemade Burger Recipe

Are you looking for the best homemade burger recipe to ever hit your grill? This Homemade Burger Recipe is it. It’s all about the cooking method, the bun, and of course, the yummy fixings!

Categories Easy Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword homemade burger recipe, homemade burgers, homemade hamburgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 318 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 1 lb 85/15 ground beef (can also use ground chuck, ground sirloin, or ground bison)
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Optional toppings: smashed avocado, sliced cheddar cheese, ketchup, mustard, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, dill pickles, bacon, sautéed onions, etc.


  1. Heat an outdoor grill to medium heat (or, use a griddle or fry pan, though this is MUCH messier). We have a three zone grill and Dustin heats the back two zones on high and the front zone on medium-low.
  2. Divide the ground chuck into 4 oz portions (1/4 of the meat), using a scale if you have one. Using two sheets of wax paper (or one large sheet, folded in half), gently press the meat into a round patty -- the thinner, the better. Once they start cooking, they will plumpen up. And, yes, "plumpen" is a completely new word I just created. Set aside and repeat for rest of the patties.
  3. Once all patties are formed, lightly season with sea salt and ground black pepper. Or, for some extra flavor, use this homemade seasoning salt instead.

  4. Once grill is hot, place the patties on the hot zone of the grill. Do not close the lid and let cook for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Flip the patties and cook another 3-5 minutes, uncovered, on the high zone.
  6. Then, flip the patties once more but also move to the medium-low zone. Cover and cook patties until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Once patties are at 160 degrees F (see notes on internal temperature), add cheese slices, if using cheese, and cover an additional minute to let melt. Quickly remove the patties from the grill and let sit 3 minutes before serving.

  8. Prepare the burger as you wish using the optional toppings listed above. We really enjoy a simple combo of mashed avocado, cheese and lettuce. So simple. So good.

Recipe Notes

Note: once the burger reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees, the burger will roughly be a medium done burger. Cooking any longer will make the burger dryer.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Homemade Burger Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 1/4 lb. burger)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 281mg12%
Potassium 436mg12%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 27g54%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.