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How to Grill a Burger

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


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
  • lettuce
  • burger sauce (optional)


  • 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 F.).
  • 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 6-7 Minutes Total: Place patties on direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-4 minutes. Flip and continue to cook on direct heat or until an internal meat thermometer reads between 135-145 degrees F (approx. another 3-4 mins). This will result in a medium-rare center.  For Medium: cook 3 minutes on the first side and 5 minutes on the second side. For Medium-Well cook 3 minutes on the first side and seven minutes on the second side. For Well-Done cook for 4 minutes soon the first side and six minutes on the second side.
  • 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!


  • Egg: I know a lot of people use eggs in their burger mixtures – I just never have, but as always, feel free to add one in the mix if you want to!
  • Size: Of course if you make a bigger/thicker burger you will need to adjust the cooking time!

Keywords: how to grill a burger, classic burger, cheeseburger