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Perfect Burger Recipe (VIDEO)

Your new favorite Burger Recipe! There’s nothing like a juicy cheeseburger with fresh crisp toppings on a toasted bun, paired with sweet corn on the cob or potato wedges. We partnered with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner on behalf of the Beef Checkoff to show you how to make the ultimate juicy burger.

We are sharing our best secrets, tips, and trips for making the perfect restaurant quality burger, from the juiciest patty you’ll sink your teeth into, to the best burger buns and burger sauces. Try these and you will be known for your burgers!

Cheeseburger with sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and toasted bun

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The Perfect Burger Recipe:

Beef is delicious on its own – it is a high-quality protein that is tender, juicy and full of natural flavor. 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. If you want to change up the flavor, do that with the amazing burger sauces below (you’ll want to try these!) and toppings.

Juicy burger recipe up close shot with cheese, burger sauce and toppings inside a bun

What is “Chuck Knows Beef?”

Chuck Knows Beef is a great resource from Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner on all things beef. It is powered by Google Artificial Intelligence and can provide answers to your beef questions instantly and provide dinner inspiration if you aren’t sure what to cook with that ground beef in your refrigerator.

You can access it online at ChuckKnowsBeef.com, on Google Home (say: “Hey Google Activate Chuck”) or Amazon Echo (say: “Alexa. Activate Chuck Knows Beef”).

Tips for the Best Burger Patties:

  • Prepare buns and toppings first and cook burger patties last.
  • Use refrigerated Ground Chuck Beef (80/20) – grind your own or buy it ground, but 20% fat is ideal.
  • Do not overwork your meat.
  • 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.
  • Season patties generously with salt and pepper just prior to cooking. Salt changes the structure of proteins and toughens burgers. Do not salt the ground beef before forming into patties.
  • Once on the grill, let patties brown and sear well (3-5 min) before flipping and do not press down on the burger.

Formed burger patties with indent in center

Can I Cook Burgers 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.

Classic Burger Recipe Toppings:

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)
  • Tomato,
  • Green leaf or iceberg lettuce,
  • Avocado
  • Bacon + pineapple + the BBQ sauce below
  • Jalapeños to add some heat

Classic burger toppings with buns, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, pickles, red onion and sauces

The Best Burger Buns:

  • Potato Buns (Our top choice: 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 Assemble Burgers:

There are differing opinions on how to build a better burger, but here is how the pros assemble their burgers (restaurant style):

  • Apply a generous amount of sauce to both buns.
  • Place pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and red onion onto the bottom bun
  • Place cheesy burger patty over the veggies and cover with top bun

How to assemble burgers with buns, sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion

The Best Burger Sauces:

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!

Burger sauce combinations

What is a Safe Beef Internal Temperature for Burgers?

Whether you are working with fresh ground beef or fully thawed, the recommendation is that ground beef should feel firm to the touch and be cooked to a safe 160˚F (medium doneness). 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.

Sides for your Summer Cookout:

Watch How to Make Burgers:

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 burgers, the simplest recipe really is the best.

Perfect Burger Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The Best Burger Recipe! Sharing our secrets for making restaurant quality burgers, from the juiciest burger patties to the best buns and burger sauces. 

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $14-$22
Keyword: burger recipe
Calories: 533 kcal
Servings: 4 burgers

Ingredients

Burger Ingredients:

Classic Cheeseburger Toppings:

  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices medium cheddar cheese (thick sliced)
  • 1 large tomato sliced into 8 rings
  • 1/2 bunch green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle slices

Instructions

  1. Slice, and prepare all of your burger toppings and sauces.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat. Divid 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. 

  4. Grill burger patties (indent-side-up) covered for 3-5 min each side on the grill. Flip burgers when juices are accumulating on top of burger and you have a good sear. Apply cheese in the last 1-2 minutes of grilling then cover with lid and cook until internal temperature of beef reaches 160˚F. 

Recipe Notes

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
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Burger Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 533 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 623mg27%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 310mg31%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Issabella Barrett
    August 6, 2019

    Thanks, heaps Natasha this has really helped me decide on the right burger to make for my Hospitality Prac assessment this term.
     Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Sandi
    July 21, 2019

    We LOVE the potato buns. Thanks for the post. Some of your tips are new to me. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Sue Roberts
    July 11, 2019

    I like the burger sauces. Now that we are in to BLT season I am using the mayo Dijon sauce in place of straight mayo on my BLT. Gentles the entire sandwich nicely. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 11, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Vicky Monk
    July 5, 2019

    We grilled these for the 4th of July and they were delicious. We buy our beef at our farmers market. I have not used the potato buns before but I will from now on and we made the BBQ Aioli. We served them with your grilled corn with garlic lime butter. I just found you through pinterest and I will be cooking more of your recipes. Thank You Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Vicky! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Reply

  • Irina
    May 30, 2019

    I also add eggs and onion to the mixture and some people swear by Worcestershire sauce. These are all negotiable. What does make a huge difference is a good meat (we get ours from a local butcher) and charcoal grill. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 30, 2019

      Hi Irina, I agree the meat quality is so important! Thank you for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Irina
    May 30, 2019

    These looks amazing! We usually add a packet of ranch powder to about a pound and a half of meat, also delish! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 30, 2019

      Woah that sounds pretty awesome! Do you mix the ranch into the ground beef or just season the patties with it? Reply

  • Uliya
    May 29, 2019

    You have to create the home made burger buns recipes for the besr 🍔 ever!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 29, 2019

      oooh that sounds wonderful! If you have a recipe you could share, I would love to try it! Thank you Uliya! Reply

  • Anka
    May 29, 2019

    Great burger, but you need to check anatomy of burger from Americantestkitchen. Reply

    • Natasha
      May 29, 2019

      Thanks Anka!! We did thorough research although it’s true that not all sources agree how a burger should be stacked. This is also the way my husband built his burgers when he worked at Chilis so it is more restaurant style. Reply

  • Susan J Owens
    May 27, 2019

    How do you grill a burger without it falling through the grill? Do you use aluminum foil on the grill? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2019

      Hi Susan, We did not use the foil. The burger meat should not fall through the girll. Reply

  • Wendy Kooi
    May 27, 2019

    Made as directed.. Hubby& I loved it.So juicy loved the BBQ Sauce. TY Natasha. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Lidiya D
    May 26, 2019

    I’ve been grilling burgers for a few years now and let me tell you.. this.. this is a game changer! Such simple but delicious tips really do make the burgers SOO much better. I would have never thought to toast the bun but oh my goodness.. i’ll never make burgers without the toasted bun again.. oh and the sauce.. wow.. I mixed mayo, ketchup, and mustard and slathered it on those deliciously crispy buns.. no words Natasha.. seriously no words.. just pure amazement of the deliciousness.. my husband agrees 100% that these are the best burgers I have ever made.. Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 26, 2019

      Your comment made my day! I’m so happy you loved the burgers and thank you for the fantastic review! Reply

  • Mary Beth
    May 25, 2019

    When you use a cast iron skillet with burgers do you use a lid? Thanks. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 25, 2019

      Hi Mary! We did not use a lid. Reply

  • Suzy
    May 24, 2019

    Love this classic burger! Tastes better than the ones at the restaurant. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 24, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Suzy! Reply

  • Julie
    May 24, 2019

    This burger is mouthwatering! I love how easy it is and my family loves it. Reply

    • Natasha
      May 24, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your awesome review! Have a great weekend! Reply

  • Stephanie
    May 24, 2019

    Such great tips! I’ll be using them for our Memorial Day BBQ this weekend! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 24, 2019

      I’m so glad you found the tips helpful! We tried to be as thorough as possible and we sure ate a ton of burgers over the past few weeks! Reply

  • May 24, 2019

    This burger is mouthwatering and definitely restaurant worthy! Delicious! Reply

  • David
    May 24, 2019

    The video does not want to play! States that it is unavailable or removed. Reply

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