How to Grill a Burger
Learn how to master grilling your classic burger so it turns out juicy and delicious every time! Find all the tips and tricks below!
Fire up your grill!
How to Grill a Burger 101
It’s burger season!! We are BIG on grilling around here so I wanted to make sure we covered the basics, like how to grill the BEST burger ever! We make burgers almost weekly during the summer so this is our tried and true grilled burger recipe! Happy grilling!
Best Seasoning for Grilled Burgers (Prep)
The best seasoning for grilled burgers is simple: salt and pepper. You can add in some onion or garlic powder, but just simple kosher salt and ground black pepper are my all-time favorite!
What Temp Do You Grill Burgers
Grill your burger on High Heat (or around 450-500 degrees)
How Long Do You Grill Burgers
For an approximately 3/4 inch thick burger that is around 5-6oz you will grill it for about 6 minutes total (3 minutes per side) for a medium rare burger.
Do You Close the Grill When Cooking Burgers
Yes! You definitely close the grill while the burgers are cooking!
Best Buns for Grilled Burgers
Gluten-Free Buns: Here is an awesome round-up of the best gluten-free burger buns!
Lettuce buns: I also have been known to rock a lettuce bun every once in a while! If you are paleo/Whole30 you can skip the cheese, use a lettuce bun and you are good to go!
OTHER RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- How to Grill Chicken Thighs
- How to Grill the Perfect Steak
- How to Grill Chicken Breasts
- How to Grill Vegetables
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How to Grill a Burger – Learn how to master grilling your classic burger so it turns out juicy and delicious every time!
- 2lbs 80/20 ground beef
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- bun (regular, gluten-free or lettuce)
- cheese slices (dairy-free or regular)
- sliced tomato
- sliced red onion
- Clean your Grill: Clean your grill grates and and wipe them down with oil.
- Preheat your Grill: Once your grill is clean and greased, preheat to High Heat (450-500 degrees).
- Mix Your Ground Beef: Place your ground beef in a bowl and add salt and pepper (and other seasoning, as desired). Mix to combine.
- Divide the Ground Beef: Take your ground beef and create 6 equal sized balls (you should end up with 6 patties that are approximately 5-6oz each and approximately 3/4 inches thick).
- Create Patties: Then use your hands to form patties (try not to overwork the meat). Try and make them a little bit bigger than your bun (if you are using one) as they will shrink a little as they cook.
- Create Indent with Thumb: Use your thumb to create an indent in the very center of your patty (this will help ensure the burgers cook evenly without expanding too much in the middle).
- Season Lightly: Sprinkle patties with a little more salt and pepper.
- Cook on Direct Heat 6 Minutes Total: Place patties on direct heat (directly over flame) for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes flip and continue to cook on direct heat.
- Don’t Press Down: Do not press down on the burgers with your spatula. This will release juices that we want to keep in the burger.
- If Making Cheeseburgers: If you are making cheeseburgers, move your burgers to indirect heat and place a slice of cheese on top. Close the grill and let the cheese melt for 1-2 minutes.
- Let Rest: Remove from grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. This will help ensure your burgers are nice and juicy!
- Doneness of Burger: Cooking a 5-6oz patty (3/4 inches thick) for a total of 6 minutes will result in a medium rare burger. For a burger closer to rare reduce cooking time accordingly. For a burger closer to medium, increase the cooking time accordingly.
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