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.

We love burger recipes from our Cheeseburger Sliders to Hamburger Soup, but we make these classic burgers most often. Watch the video tutorial and learn how to make the ultimate grilled burgers.

Hamburgers in a serving tray with fries

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Pair these juicy hamburgers with Grilled Corn and Air Fryer French Fries for the perfect cookout menu.

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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!

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

Toppings

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)
  • 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 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.
Formed burger patties with indent in center

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:

  1. Sauce – Apply a generous amount of sauce to both buns (see below for our favorite burger sauces).
  2. Toppings – Place pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion onto the bottom bun
  3. Patty – 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 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.

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Perfect Hamburger Recipe

4.98 from 133 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Hamburger with Cheese
The Best Burger Recipe! Sharing our secrets for making restaurant-quality hamburgers, from the juiciest burger patties to the best buns and burger sauces. 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 hamburgers

Burger Ingredients:

Classic Cheeseburger Toppings:

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

Instructions

  • 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. 

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 Per Serving

533kcal Calories24g Carbs31g Protein33g Fat15g Saturated Fat109mg Cholesterol623mg Sodium497mg Potassium1g Fiber4g Sugar570IU Vitamin A5.8mg Vitamin C310mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Hamburger Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
533
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
33
g
51
%
Saturated Fat
 
15
g
94
%
Cholesterol
 
109
mg
36
%
Sodium
 
623
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
497
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
31
g
62
%
Vitamin A
 
570
IU
11
%
Vitamin C
 
5.8
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
310
mg
31
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger recipe, cheeseburger sliders, hamburger recipe, hamburgers
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 533

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Maria
    October 12, 2023

    I made these today using Wegmans 80/20 organic ground beef. Followed the techniques and cooking instructions exactly. Iron skillet on the stove, coconut oil and don’t forget to cover. This is the way to make juicy, plump burgers at home! Always wondered my mine used to shrink so much!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 12, 2023

      Thanks a lot for sharing! Good to know that you liked it!

      Reply

  • Kathy P
    June 30, 2023

    Question…I grill hamburgers on the grill quite a bit, even making the indention, but my hamburger meat always falls apart in the grill, pieces, falling through the grates sometimes and I use 80/20…what am I doing wrong?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 30, 2023

      It could be the quality of ground beef, low cooking temperature, overworking your meat, and the starting temperature. Read through my blog post above for my tips and recommendations to getting the best results.

      Reply

    • Brett M
      July 11, 2023

      Pack your hamburger patties into balls super tight before flattening into burger shape. I typically weigh the balls out to 7-8 oz. Make sure your grill is preheated to 500 or so. If you are using fatty beef, watch for flare ups and move the patties around if needed or use a spray bottle of water.

      Reply

  • Philip Dodd
    June 27, 2023

    Such a fun lesson ! Thanks, Natasha ! Stay healthy and stay safe !

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2023

      I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Katie
    June 27, 2023

    Making burgers at home with family is one of my favorite summer activities!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2023

      It really is the best summer activity! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Samantha
    June 27, 2023

    I know it sounds silly, but I’ve always felt intimidated to make my own hamburger patties. But not anymore! These burgers were easy to make and truly perfect. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Samantha!

      Reply

  • April
    June 27, 2023

    Now THIS is how you make a burger! Thank you so much for the awesome tips, yum!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2023

      You’re welcome, April!

      Reply

  • Eileen
    June 19, 2023

    We made this last night for Father’s Day! They really were the best burgers we’ve ever made. Juicy! Your tips, suggestions & directions were super! We had the deli cut the slices of cheddar thick for our use. We made two of the mayo sauces – BBQ & Yellow Mustard. Both were excellent. I added an extra teaspoon of BBQ Sauce (G Hughes Sugar Free Hickory) but the other sauce was done as written. We’d rather make these burgers than ordering burgers out. Thank you for another great recipe!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2023

      The best meal for Father’s Day! Great choice, Eileen! I’m so glad these were a hit!

      Reply

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