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Beef Burger: the best-ever recipe for a classic American burger

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Ground beef
2 pounds
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp
Kosher Salt
1 tsp
Dijon mustard
2 tbsp
Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp
to serve
hamburger buns
Tomato, sliced
Onion, sliced
dipping sauce

There's nothing like sinking your teeth into a juicy, tender beef burger that's been grilled to perfection. Making mouthwatering burgers at home is easy and tastes better than anything you'll order from a fast-food restaurant. You can make this great-tasting classic American recipe with just five ingredients including ground beef, spices, and mustard, or you can jazz up your beef burgers with various add-ons.

These juicy homemade beef burgers are sure to become a favorite in your household. Once you make them, you may never want to order burgers from a fast food restaurant again!

Homemade Beef Burger Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make tasty beef burgers at home. First, you'll need ground beef. To season the beef and add loads of flavor, you'll also want to add some salt, pepper, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. The mustard and Worcestershire sauce give the beef a savory, tangy, slightly spicy flavor that makes for irresistible burgers and helps keep the meat moist as it's grilling.

How to Make Beef Burgers at Home

Making restaurant-quality beef burgers at home is astonishingly easy. All you need to do is put all the ingredients into a large bowl, then mix everything so the seasonings are well-incorporated into the meat. Shape the ground beef into eight patties, then grill them over high heat. For extra flavor, feel free to season the burgers with an extra dash of salt and pepper before grilling them. 

If you don't have a grill, you can also cook the burgers in a skillet. Cook them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, then pop the burger patties onto buns, add a little tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion – whatever you like, and enjoy!

Tips for the Best Beef Burger

• For leaner burgers, use 90 to 95 percent lean ground beef. For juicier burgers, opt for 80 to 85 percent fat ground beef.

• When shaping the beef patties, try to make them approximately the same size so they all cook evenly.

• If you're worried about the burgers falling apart on the grill, refrigerate them for 15 minutes before cooking. This will help them hold their shape better. You can also crack an egg into the beef mixture to act as a binding agent to help keep your burgers from falling apart.

• Don't flip the burgers excessively. Let them cook on one side, then flip them.

• Make your burgers gluten-free by leaving out the Worcestershire sauce and eating them without the bun.

• Add some herbs and spices to your beef burgers to give them even more flavor. Paprika, cumin, shallots, basil, thyme, chili peppers – the possibilities are endless!

• Serve the patties on burger buns with your favorite fixings like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and homemade mayo – whatever you prefer.

How to Store Homemade Beef Burgers

Uncooked beef burgers can be wrapped and kept in the fridge overnight. Cooked beef burgers will last up to 3 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container.

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Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

Shape the seasoned beef into 8 patties.

Heat a grill on high. Cook the beef patties for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Place the burgers on a bun and garnish with your preferred toppings.


Don't overmix the beef.

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