Best Hamburger Patty Recipe

The Best Hamburger Patty Recipe for making homemade burgers! Just a few simple ingredients and a pro tip to help them to cook up perfectly. Top these delicious, juicy burgers with all your favorite toppings!

Because who doesn’t love a good burger on the grill. No grill? No problem. Cook these hamburgers in a skillet on top of the stove, or even under the broiler.

cheeseburger with toppings on plate with pickles and fries

What Makes This The BEST Hamburger Patty Recipe

We’ve tried lots and lots (and lots) of store bought hamburger patties and we really haven’t found a favorite yet. Of course, they’re fine, but we like food that’s more than just fine. In comes the BEST Hamburger Patty recipe you’ll ever try.

So why do we think this recipe is the best?

  • Easy To Make: There’s really no mad skills required to making these homemade burgers. Just quality ingredients and clean hands!
  • Simple Ingredients: Besides buying good quality ground beef, all you need is a few simple seasonings that you most likely have already in your kitchen.
  • Our Pro Tip: Making an indent in the center of the burger patty helps them to cook up nice and flat. No big bump in the middle making them look like hamburger balls instead of patties.

How To Make

First of all, PLEASE don’t put breadcrumbs and eggs into your homemade hamburger patties. We’re not making meatloaf, we’re making burgers.

If you’re scrolling through recipe for hamburgers and see breadcrumbs and eggs – move along. Check out our Brown Gravy Meatloaf Recipe if you’re looking to make meatloaf.

We like to keep our burgers in the purest form. To add more flavor or to kick up these hamburgers, add all the toppings that you like. We’ll get into more topping ideas down below in the post.

  • Make the patties: Start by adding ground beef to a bowl along with salt, pepper, Worcestershire Sauce and steak seasoning. Form into 4 round patties and then use your thumbs to make an indentation in the center as shown above.

PRO TIP: The indentation in the center helps to keep the hamburgers flat when they are grilling, so don’t skip this step!

hamburger patties on grill
  • Cook: Grill the hamburgers for 4 minutes on each side over medium heat (about 425 degrees) for medium to medium rare burgers. If you like your hamburger patties cooked through more just add a minute or two on each side to the cooking time.

You can also cook these hamburger patties in a skillet on the stove top, or in a grill pan. Follow about the same amount of cooking time to your desired doneness.

What Kind Of Beef Is Best For Making Hamburgers?

You need some fat to make a good burger, so this isn’t the time to pull out the super lean ground beef. Start with an 80% to an 85% ground beef and find the best quality beef that you can.

You’re never going to go wrong grabbing ground beef from a butcher shop, but if the grocery store is your only option just look for the best quality that you can find there.

Angus or Prime is often what you might see on a ground beef label, and these are both good choices. “Choice” is a lower quality ground beef so try and skip that option.

A trick that some people use to flavor their homemade hamburger patties even more is to add a little ground pork into the mixture. Doing this makes the patties even more juicy and almost gives a bacon-like flavor to the hamburgers.

cheeseburger with top bun off to the side

Can You Freeze Hamburger Patties?

Yes! Make a whole bunch of these hamburgers and freeze them for an easy meal! Lay them flat in a resealable bag so that they aren’t touching. This makes it’s easier to pull out one, or however many burgers you need to cook at a time.

I’m not a big fan of cooking frozen hamburgers on the grill, so my suggestion is to let them defrost in the refrigerator overnight or you can defrost them in the microwave for a quicker solution. But if you do need to cook them from frozen, you’ll need to add a few minutes of cooking time to each side.

What To Serve With Burgers Besides Fries?

Of course everyone loves french fries, so we know they go hand and hand with hamburgers. But if you’re looking for some other side dish options, we’ve got a bunch here for you to try!

close up of cheeseburger on a bun with fixings

Topping Ideas For Hamburgers

Here’s where we like to get creative. Maybe you’re a purist, like I am. Maybe for you it’s just the hamburger patty, cheese and a bun. You do you.

But if you’re looking for more burger topping ideas, we’ve got you covered!

  • Tomato slices
  • Pickles
  • Red or Yellow Onion Slices
  • Cheese (American, cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella)
  • Bacon
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Coleslaw
  • Fried Egg

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close up of cheeseburger on a bun with fixings

BEST Hamburger Patty Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

This is the Best Hamburger Patty recipe for making homemade hamburgers! Super juicy burgers made with just a few simple ingredients, and they’ll taste even better than a restaurant!



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (we like to use 80% – 85% ground beef)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together lightly with your hands. Don’t mix or squeeze the meat too much as it will result in a tougher hamburger patty.
  2. Preheat the grill to 425 degrees.
  3. Form the hamburger meat into 4 round patties and then use your thumbs to make a well in the center of each patty.
  4. Grill the hamburgers for 4 minutes on each side for medium to medium rare. If you like your hamburgers more cooked through just add a minute of two to the cooking time on each side.
  5. Remove the hamburgers from the grill to a plate and cover with foil for 5 minutes. We like to add our cheese at this time as the heat from the hamburgers will melt the cheese instead of doing it on the grill.
  6. Serve the hamburgers on hamburger buns with your toppings of choice.

Recipe Notes

To Freeze: Form the hamburger patties and place them into resealable freezer bags in a single layer, not touching the patties together. This way it will be easy to take one or as many out as you need, then defrost and grill.

Stove Top Method: Cook the hamburger patties in a skillet or on a griddle pan on the stove top. Add butter or oil to the pan over medium-hight heat. Cook the burger patties for 4-5 minutes on each side until the desired temperature is reached.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

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