The Best Burger Recipe

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The Best Burger Recipe is grilled, juicy, and slathered in secret sauce. These homemade burgers will make you never want summer to end!

Of course, the most perfect dinner you can make with a grill is a burger! It never gets old and it tends to taste better the hotter it gets outside. I have the best Burger Recipe out there that results in flavorful, juicy burgers every time! Not to mention, my secret sauce.

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Burger Recipe

A good burger recipe is made up of a couple of different sections that all work beautifully together. One doesn’t overwhelm the other and you get a perfectly juicy and balanced burger. For the Best Burger Recipe, I’m going to break down each of these sections so you can have summer grilling success! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Buns – there are a ton of different hamburger buns out there. I opted for a potato bread buns, which are soft and full of flavor. Consider toasting it for a slight crunch too! If you have a favorite bun that you already use, feel free to use that instead.
  • Burger Patties – good quality ground beef is a must if you are looking to make juicy and flavorful burgers. I opted for Laura’s Lean Ground Beef since this is going to be a double-decker burger. You’ll also need Gourmet Burger Seasoning, Worchester sauce, and BBQ sauce. Use your favorite brands.
  • Cheese – we are technically making a cheeseburger here but feel free to leave out the cheese if you want. It’s your burger after all.
  • Secret Sauce – my secret sauce is made from 6 ordinary ingredients that help create a magical burger. They are mayonnaise, ketchup, dill pickles, pickle juice, ground pepper, and garlic powder. That’s it!
  • Toppings – now this is totally up to you because it’s your dinner! Some of my favorite toppings are lettuce, tomato, and red onions. All provide good crunch along with fresh flavor.

Looking for a healthier burger? Check out my turkey burger recipes: The Best Turkey Burger RecipeCheddar Ranch Turkey BurgersSouthwest Turkey Burgers, and Greek Turkey Burgers.

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How to Make Burger Patties

  1. In a large bowl, stir Laura’s Lean Ground Beef, burger seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and BBQ sauce together until well combined and evenly mixed.

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  1. Line a 4-inch wide lid with plastic wrap. Add a few spoonfuls of hamburger mixture to the lid and fold the plastic wrap over the top to press and mold the burger patty. Unwrap from plastic wrap and place onto a plate or platter. Continue this process until you have created 8 patties, about 1/4 pound each, 1/3-1/2 inch thick, 4 inches across.

How to form a hamburger pattie

  1. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour. (This will help the burgers keep their shape on the grill)

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How to Get Juicy Burgers Every Time

Here are a few rules I like to live by in order to get and keep a juicy burger.

  • Start with good quality meat! This sort of seems like a “duh” tip, but it makes such a difference! I used two pounds of super fresh Laura’s Lean Beef.
  • Add minimal salt to your hamburger mixture, and then salt your burgers right before they come off the grill. Salt draws out moisture, so if you salt the meat ahead of time, it will work against you!
  • Form even, wide patties for quick and even cooking versus smaller, thicker patties.
  • While grilling, don’t push or press on your burger. This is the exact reason why thermometers were invented! You are getting rid of all that moisture every time you push on your burgers!  Yes, it helps you see if your burger has clear juices running through it, but it also defeats the purpose of maintaining the moisture in the meat. This digital thermometer would be good to have.
  • Preheat your grill to moderate heat. You don’t want your grill blazing away over the high heat. ROOKIE MISTAKE! This is what my father-in-law does and the outside is nearly black by the time the inside is even close to being cooked. Don’t tell him I told you this. Keep your heat even and on medium.
  • Use Residual Heat. Cook your burgers on the one side, flip, then cook briefly on the other, turn the grill off and let them finish cooking in the residual heat with the lid closed. It seems a little odd, but it helps keep things extra moist and that’s the whole point of this list.
  • A Lighter Recipe. To lighten up the recipe, make your burger with only one lean beef patty.

So, follow these rules and you will be that much closer to the most delicious double-decker summer burger of your life!

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Perfectly Grilled Burgers

  1. To grill, place each burger onto the preheated grill.
  2. Cook 3 minutes on one side and then flip.
  3. Add cheddar cheese slices on each patty, cover, and cook 1 minute.
  4. Turn grill off and then continue cooking another 3 minutes or until burgers register 160 degrees F.

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Secret Sauce

While burgers are resting, make the secret sauce: stir mayonnaise together with ketchup, pickles, pickle juice, ground pepper, and garlic powder. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Secret Sauce

How to Make the Best Burgers

After making the secret sauce, don’t forget to prep your burger toppings while the burgers are resting. Slice tomatoes, wash and tear lettuce, slice the onion, etc.

To assemble your perfect burger, add plenty of secret sauce and lettuce. Then stack two burgers together and place them on top of lettuce. Now pile on any other desired toppings and close it off with the top of the hamburger bun. Enjoy!

Assembling a burger

Side Dishes to Have with this Burger Recipe

Now that you have the perfect summer burger you’re going to need some side dishes. Don’t worry I got you covered with easy as pie ideas.

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More Burger Recipes to Try!

This burger recipe is quite straightforward, so the photos should help send you down the right path! Plus, this recipe can be dressed up or dressed down for all your burger needs. Just be sure to print the recipe so you have it on hand 🙂

The printable recipe card is below. Have a great day, friends!

5 from 9 votes

The Best Burger Recipe

The Best Burger Recipe is grilled, juicy, and slathered in secret sauce. These homemade burgers will make you never want summer to end!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

for the burgers-

  • 2 lbs. Laura's Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 tablespoons Gourmet Burger Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce

for the secret sauce-

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dill pickles finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 potato hamburger buns
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • red onion etc.

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir Laura's Lean Ground Beef, burger seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and BBQ sauce together until well combined and evenly mixed.
  • Line a 4-inch wide lid with plastic wrap. Add a few spoonfuls of hamburger mixture to the lid and fold plastic wrap over the top to press and mold the burger patty. Unwrap from plastic wrap and place onto a plate or platter. Continue this process until you have created 8 patties, about 1/4 pound each, 1/3-1/2 inch thick, 4 inches across.
  • Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour. (This will help the burgers keep their shape on the grill)
  • While burgers are resting, make the secret sauce: stir mayonnaise together with ketchup, pickles, pickle juice, ground pepper, and garlic powder. Place in refrigerator.
  • Also, prep your burger toppings: slice tomatoes, wash and tear lettuce, slice the onion, etc.
  • To grill, place each burger onto preheated grill. Cook 3 minutes on one side and then flip. Add cheddar cheese slices on each patty, cover and cook 1 minute. Turn grill off and then continue cooking another 3 minutes or until burgers register 160 degrees F.
  • Stack two burgers* together and place onto hamburger buns. Add plenty of secret sauce and any other desired toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

*To lighten up the recipe, make with only one lean beef patty.

Nutrition

Calories: 923kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 1387mg | Potassium: 1067mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 586mg | Iron: 10.3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best burger recipe, burger recipe, homemade burgers

These homemade burgers were created in partnership with Laura’s Lean Beef.

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43 Responses
  1. Kimberli

    5 stars
    Yum!! Your burgers look delicious! Once it starts getting warm out, I’d be content to have grilled burgers every night for dinner! I can’t wait to make your secret sauce!

  2. donna Brennan

    Love the story–think I may have had one or two of those burgers!!! Hope your new apt in NYC has a place to grill!!

  3. Linda Flowers

    This looks amazing! Thank you for the tips to keep the burgers moist. I would never have thought to turn the grill off to use residual heat. Laura’s ground beef is great.

  4. Heidi @foodiecrush

    5 stars
    There is nothing better than a juicy, beefy, cheeseburger. I love all the tips you’ve given too, smart!

  5. Marieke

    I love a good burger and am always on the lookout for new recipes to try! Can’t wait till it’s warm here again so we can fire up the grill and try these!

  6. Serena

    Wow, these burgers look amazing!! Better than any restaurant I’ll say! Can’t wait to try them…thanks for posting such yummy recipes! Your pizza dough recipe is my favorite!

  7. Lauren

    5 stars
    HOLY! These look so juicy and delicious. I might have to renew my gym membership and make these..ASAP! thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Lindsay C

    I got a grill for mothers day so we’re having a fathers Day BBQ lol these burgers tips are fantastic! I can’t wait to make these on Sunday!

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  11. Carol lankford

    5 stars
    It’s Mother’s Day, in quarantine, and I’m just wanting a grilled burger. Especially now that I’ve seen THIS burger! I have an awesome husband but bless his heart, he cannot grill. He can build anything and remodel a home but he cannot grill…….until now! Thank you for your very specific grilling instructions. My
    grilled burger world is forever changed. He kinda grinned and shook his head when I gave him your cooking instructions but was so proud when it turned into THE PERFECT BURGER! Thank
    You so much!!

  12. Melissa

    5 stars
    Very tasty, indeed!! A nice change from the normal grilled burger. I was worried with adding 2 Tablespoons of the burger seasoning AND worchestere AND BBQ sauce, but it was just really good. Not too salty, not too seasoned. Kids are it just fine. Sauce was great too – a good homemade thousand island! I’ll make it again for sure!

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