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BEST Hamburger Recipe Ever (Perfect Juicy Burger!)

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Best Hamburger Recipe (Perfect and Juicy Burger) – Nothing beats a juicy burger topped with fresh veggies on a toasted bun with a slice of cheese smothered with an irresistible burger sauce. These tasty burgers are ready in less than 20 minutes and a must-make for your next cookout or BBQ gathering—no fillers or binders in this recipe. You can easily double or triple this recipe. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean, 20% fat for juiciness)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Burger Sauce

  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 2/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • Optional: 1/4 cup of dill relish

Burger Toppings

  • 4 brioche burger buns (or buns of choice)
  • 4 slices medium cheddar cheese (thick sliced)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced into 8 rings
  • 8 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle slices
  • Additional ideas: blue cheese spread, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms,


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. See notes for the stovetop method.
  2. Make the burger sauce by combining all the desired ingredients in a small bowl and mixing until well combined. Test flavor and adjust to preference. 
  3. Add the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix by hand until the meat mixture is smooth. 
  4. Divide the ground beef mixture into 4 parts in the bowl. 
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil. One at a time, form patties with your hands (or a burger press)—about 1/2- 1″ thick (depending on your preference for a thick or thin burger) and a little wider than the burger buns. 
  6. Place patties on the baking sheet. Use a spoon, or your thumb, to press a dent in the center of each burger patty (this prevents a puffy center as they cook). Add a little more salt and pepper to both sides. 
  7. Place the patties on the hot grill and cook for about 2-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, adjusting the time for your desired doneness. Flip burgers when juices start to gather on top of the burger and you have a good sear. Avoid flipping multiple times. 
  8. Optional: Add cheese slices during the last minute of cooking and close the grill lid to melt the cheese.
  9. Toast the burger buns on the grill for a minute or two until they are lightly browned.
  10. Assemble with burger sauce and desired toppings and enjoy your perfect juicy hamburgers! 


Stove Top Hamburgers: 

  1. Preheat a cast iron skillet or pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare burger patties as directed above. 
  3. Place the patties in the hot skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or longer if you prefer a more well-done burger.
  4. Optional: Add cheese slices on top of the patties during the last minute of cooking and cover with a lid to melt the cheese. Toast the burger buns in the pan for a minute or two, until they are lightly browned.
  5. Assemble your burgers with any classic burger toppings.
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American