Homemade Hamburgers

$14.32 recipe / $3.58 serving
by Marsha - Budget Bytes
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We have now entered grilling season and whether you’re firing up the outdoor grill or using an indoor grill like we did, there is one food that’s always a crowd pleaser and that’s grilled homemade hamburgers! Juicy burgers made with a simple seasoning mix, topped with cheese and crisp veggies are always my go-to at BBQs and cookouts! We recently got a new indoor grill at the Budget Bytes test kitchen and this simple and easy hamburger recipe was the first thing on our menu. So gather your friends and break out the ice cold drinks and let’s grill some burgers!

Front close up view of a homemade hamburger dressed with toppings.

What You Need for Homemade Burgers

A great hamburger recipe only needs a few simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef – You’ll want to choose beef that has a decent amount of fat in it to keep the burgers juicy. I like to use an 80/20 ground beef chuck which is 80% meat and 20% fat. Avoid using super lean ground beef.
  • Seasoning – We used our Homemade Burger Seasoning to season these burgers. Our simple burger seasoning mix includes paprika (smoked and sweet), onion powder, garlic powder, freshly cracked pepper, salt, and just a tiny pinch of cayenne. You can also try our Homemade Cajun Seasoning or a seasoning salt blend, like Lawry’s.
  • Buns – Of course you’ll need a good burger bun to go with these juicy burgers. Potato buns, brioche buns, sesame buns, or classic white buns are all great choices.
  • Comeback Sauce – Adding a sauce is totally optional, but I couldn’t resist adding a thin layer of our popular comeback sauce!

Topping Suggestions

You can always choose your favorite toppings and customize your hamburgers however you like. I love cheeseburgers so I added a slice of cheddar cheese, but of course American cheese is a classic! I also added lettuce, tomato, thinly sliced red onion and pickles. Here are some more great options:

Tips For Making The Best Hamburgers!

  1. When making hamburgers you want to avoid overworking the meat, which can make your burger dense and tough. So gently shape your burgers then season them with your favorite burger seasoning.
  2. Make sure to season your burgers right before you’re ready to cook them. Salt changes the proteins in ground beef very quickly and can make the hamburgers tough, dry, and rubbery. So wait until right before you’re ready to put the burgers on the grill before adding your seasoning mix.
  3. To ensure your burgers are cooked evenly, use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The internal temperature of a cooked burger should be 160°F.

What To Serve With Homemade Hamburgers

Enjoy these burgers with your favorite potato chips or our Air Fryer French Fries. They also taste great with Oven Baked Steak Fries or a simple Pasta Salad on the side!

Overhead view of homemade hamburgers on a plate with toppings and chips on the side.
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Homemade Hamburgers

Juicy homemade hamburgers are always a crowd pleaser. A simple recipe with a flavorful seasoning mix makes the best burgers every time!
Front close up view of a homemade hamburger dressed with toppings.
Servings 4 burgers
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 18 minutes
Total 28 minutes

Ingredients

Optional Toppings

  • 4 slices cheddar cheese ($1.24)
  • 4 leaves iceberg lettuce ($0.37)
  • 1 tomato, sliced into thin rounds ($1.15)
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced into thin rounds ($0.39)
  • 12 dill pickle slices ($0.93)
  • 1/4 cup Comeback Sauce (1 Tbsp per burger or more) ($1.12)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the indoor grill to 325°F*. Spread the softened butter on the cut side of your burger buns. Place the cut sides down on the grill to toast the buns for a few minutes until lightly golden brown. Set the buns to the side.
  • Mix together the spices for the homemade burger seasoning and set aside.
  • Next divide the ground beef into four equal portions. Gently shape the beef into round burger patties about ½ – 1-inch thick, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  • Generously season the burgers with ¼ to ½ tsp of burger seasoning on each side of the burger patty.
  • Add the burgers to the grill (This is the new indoor grill we found that is both easy and budget friendly), lower the lid, and cook for 7-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Add the cheddar cheese slices to the burgers during the last 1-2 minutes of the cook time. Remove the burgers from the grill, assemble with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

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Notes

*Heat your indoor grill to 325°F or according to the manufacturer instructions. If using an outdoor grill, heat the grill to medium heat.
**Nutrition calculation does not include burger seasoning or comeback sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burgerCalories: 539kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 28gFat: 36gSodium: 617mgFiber: 2g
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How to Make HOMEMADE HAMBURGERS – Step by Step Photos

Toasting hamburger buns on a grill.

Preheat the indoor grill to 325°F*. Divide and spread 2 Tbsp of softened butter on the cut side of 4 burger buns. Place the cut sides down on the grill to toast the buns for a few minutes until lightly golden brown. Set the buns to the side.

Hamburger seasoning in a small bowl.

Mix together the spices for the homemade burger seasoning (1 tsp sweet paprika, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp salt) and set aside.

Four ground beef hamburger patties with hamburger seasoning on top.

Next divide 1 lb. ground beef into four equal portions. Gently shape the beef into round burger patties about ½ – 1-inch thick, being careful not to overwork the meat. Generously season the burgers with ¼ to ½ tsp of burger seasoning on each side of the burger patty.

Hamburger patties on a grill.

Add the burgers to the grill. (We chose this indoor grill because it is available many places, budget friendly, and easy to use.)

Hamburgers flipped on a grill.

Lower the lid, and cook for 7-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.

Hamburger patties with cheese on top on the grill.

Add 4 cheddar cheese slices to the burgers during the last 1-2 minutes of the cook time.

Hamburgers with melted cheese on top on the grill.

Allow the cheese to melt then remove the burgers from the grill.

Overhead view of homemade hamburgers on a serving platter with toppings on the side.

Assemble with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Front close up view of a homemade hamburger dressed with toppings.
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  1. The link for “Comeback Sauce” has an extra slash at the end and is not working.

    No need to let this comment post. :) It’s nice that you guys include basic recipes like this.

    1. Hello Miss Marsha, how are you? Hope all is well? I make homemade Burgers to sell. But said something about a Comeback sauce! Can you give me the ingredients for that…I uses mayo, ketchup, a teaspoon of brown sugar and some lemon juice( 1/4 teaspoon) for my sauce.