These delicious and easy Hamburger Patties are the staple recipe that every chef needs!

Learn how to make this simple hamburger patty recipe for burgers that come out juicy, tender and so delicious! For the best grilled beef burgers, sliders, or cheeseburgers, look no further than this easy recipe. Savory and juicy burgers are a standard dinner option, whether the chef chooses to cook them on the grill, on the stovetop, or in the air fryer. So follow these simple tips to create everyone’s favorite entree, perfect for any day of the week and every occasion!

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Juicy Hamburger Patties Every Time!

  • Now you can make the best grilled beef burgers just like a master chef! Even junior chefs can help mix and shape hamburger patties. Use this recipe to make burgers, cheeseburgers, or sliders!
  • This easy method shows you how to make burgers on the grill, fried in a skillet, or cooked in the air fryer for success every time. Keep them warm in the oven until ready to serve.
  • Use the freshest ingredients available. Same goes for the buns! Spring for kaiser rolls, onion rolls, or ciabatta rolls, and toast them on the grill just like the pros do. Make a burger bar with toppings and condiments and let everyone build their own!

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Ingredients & Variations

GROUND BEEF: Fat adds flavor, so choose ground beef with a 80/20 mix that keeps the burgers juicy. A 90/10 mix might have fewer calories, but needs a shot of fat like bacon grease (or bacon bits), or a tablespoon of oil to keep them moist. Ground beef can also be mixed with a little ground sausage or pork, too.

SEASONING: Most of the seasonings are probably already in the pantry, but if you want to make zesty burgers, try some DIY blends like this chili seasoning, or homemade jerk seasoning. Ketchup can be switched out for homemade bbq sauce, and the Dijon or horseradish mustard can be used instead of yellow mustard.

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How to Make Hamburger Patties

This easy method ensures burger success every single time, whether you use a grill, an air fryer, or the stovetop!

  1. Gently combine all ingredients (except cheese slices) in a large bowl.
  2. Make 6 equal patties and chill on a plate.
  3. Cook on the grill (per recipe below) until they reach 160°F, flipping halfway through.
  4. Add a slice of cheese and cook a couple more minutes before removing from heat.

On the Stovetop:

  1. Cook patties in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until they reach 160°F , flipping halfway through.
  2. Add a slice of cheese and cook one more minute before removing from heat.

In the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat air fryer and cook patties in a single layer until they reach 160°F, flipping halfway through.
  2. Add a slice of cheese and cook one more minute before removing from heat.

Note: No matter which method is used for this hamburger patty recipe, use a digital thermometer for accuracy and to ensure the burgers are extra juicy!

Serve hamburgers with other picnic favorites, like french fries, slow cooker baked beans, homemade creamy mac and cheese, lemon vinaigrette potato salad, and some sweet marshmallow treats or easy apple crisp.

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Tips for Perfect Patties

  • Handling raw meat can pose hazards so be sure to use disposable gloves.
  • Do not over mix, or over cook, the meat as the patties may become tough.
  • Use patty makers for shaping consistent patties, especially if you are making burgers for a crowd or to freeze for later.
  • Make sliders! Shape 12 small patties instead of 6 large patties, and continue at Step 4 in the recipe below.
  • Press your thumb in the center of the patties before they go on the grill. This indent will ensure they cook evenly.
  • Rub a little cooking oil on the grate to make sure the burgers don’t stick.
  • If making raw hamburger patties to cook later, freeze them on a baking sheet and then place in a zippered bag for longer storage. Cook from frozen for about 5 minutes on each side.

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Hamburger Patties

Make the best, juicy and delicious beef burgers with this easy hamburger patty recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 patties
Author Candace



  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes or to taste (or finely chopped red onion)
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices cheese optional


  • Add everything (except cheese slices) into a large bowl.
  • Starting with a spoon, then use your hands, gently mix together until combined. Do not overmix, as the patties may become tough.
  • Divide evenly and shape the meat into 6 balls. Press and shape the balls until they form ½-inch thick patties.
  • Place patties on a baking tray (or plate) and refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm them up (and make them easier to cook).
  • Preheat barbecue to medium high heat (425˚F – 450°F). Cook for 5 minutes on the first side (lid closed), flip and cook for about 5-6 minutes more, or until fully cooked. Do not press, this will release the juices and they may become dry. If adding cheese, add during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking and close the lid to finish. Cook burgers to 160°F, and use an instant read thermometer for accuracy.
  • Remove cooked burgers from heat. If desired, grill buns on high heat for about one minute, and watch carefully until they are ready.
  • Prepare and serve with toppings such as sliced tomatoes, lettuce, sliced pickles, and your favorite condiments.


  • Nutrition is calculated without cheese slices.
  • To freeze patties:
    • place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
    • remove from cookie sheet and place in a zip top bag for storage.
  • To cook from frozen:
    • cook for 5 minutes on the first side, flip and cook for 5 minutes more.
    • move to indirect heat for 10-15 minutes or until fully cooked.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 307 | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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