Grilling hamburgers well is a skill that will make you a legend! I’ve got 10 easy tips for flavorful, juicy, grilled hamburgers so you can nail your cookout every time. There is even an easy trick to make perfect patties – no tools required! I’ve got some extra hints for making these into pineapple teriyaki burgers in a flash! And the are sooooooo good!
We LOVE grilling hamburgers! There is nothing like a hot, juicy, flavorful burger cooked just right, smothered with cheese. AmIRight?!? But we have all had bad burgers and that is just a major bummer.
Today I’ve got a top notch grilled hamburger recipe for you and 10 tips to make sure your burgers come out just right every time. These instructions are for how to grill hamburgers on a gas grill but you can also use this recipe over charcoal or even fried up in a pan on the stove top. (I might have run out of propane a time or two and done this….)
Grilling Hamburgers: 10 Tips and Tricks
Grilling hamburgers is easy but plenty of people don’t do it well! Try these easy tips and you will be a master of the burger like never before!
- Don’t cut the fat! Fat is flavor always and in a grilled hamburger it really matters. 20% is considered ideal but you can get away with 15% too. Using a lower fat can cause the patties to crumble apart.
- Make the Patty With Tools Already In Your Kitchen: Take the lid to a gallon jar or use mason jar ring. Line it with plastic wrap so it overhangs the edges. Place this on a kitchen scale and zero it. Then add the amount of meat you want to use gently press the meat flat. Press an indentation into the middle of the patty. This will help your burger cook out flat. Set the burger / plastic wrap aside and keep using the lid and new wrap until you have the number of burgers you want.
- Get The Serving Size Right: I use a pound of meat and divide it in quarters (about 4 1/2oz after it is mixed). Hungry man size is two patties. If you are serving a side dish, one patty per person is fine. For small children try using about 2 1/4oz of burger to make a patty.
- Add Salt At The Right Time: Adding salt to the burger mix draws water out of the meat which reduces the tender, juicy flavor. Salt the patties on one side and grill salt side down. Just before you flip the burgers salt the other (top) side. We like a seasoning salt such as Johnny’s. You can go uptown if you like and use kosher salt.
- Water Makes ‘Em Moist: Many chef burger recipes suggest adding 2-3 Tablespoons of ice water to every pound of hamburger meat. This literally replaces the water that is cooking out of the meat and helps protect the juicy factor. Give it a try!
- Start With a Clean Grill: Not rocket science here people. A clean, oiled grill prevents sticking and hamburger destruction. I also recommend brushing the burger patties with olive oil before grilling as another way to prevent sticking! This is extra helpful if you have an older grill that has been well used.
- Keep the Grill Lid Open: This prevents smoking the burgers in a bad way and helps them cook evenly.
- NEVER Push It: Thou shalt not press the patties flat with the spatula as they cook. This pushes the yummy juice out of it and your patty will be dry and sad.
- One Flip and DONE: Grill the first side for 2-3 minutes and then flip. Constant flipping prevents getting a good sear on your meat. If you are adding cheese, add it to the patty shortly after you flip.
- Check that Temperature: On a gas grill cook burgers on medium-high which is 375 F. Grilled hamburgers can be cooked to several different temperatures depending on personal preference. Don’t cook them beyond 160F or you get a dried out burger.
- Medium-Rare 125 F
- Medium 135 F
- Medium Well 145 F
- Well Done 160 F
Best Burger Seasoning for Grilling
I love the simple flavor of a grilled hamburger with salt and pepper but there are lots of other great ways to build amazing burger flavor!
This recipe uses black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and liquid smoke to build a bold, juicy, grilled burger flavor. Everybody is always blown away by the seasoning results!
What to Serve With Your Grilled Hamburgers
- Best Coleslaw Ever (A sweet slaw like KFC!)
- Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
- Watermelon Trees
- Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapple
- Baked Beans With a Kick
- Smoked Sausage and Bacon Loaded Potato Salad
Grilling Hamburgers: The Best Recipe and Burger Grilling Tips
- 1 pound hamburger 20% fat is ideal
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs or gluten free Panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2. tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke
- 2-3 Tbsp. ice water optional
- Seasoning salt or kosher salt for grilling
- 4 slices favorite cheese
- 8 slices pineapple optional
- assorted hamburger condiments
- olive oil for grilling
- Gently combine all ingredients with your fingers just until they are mixed. Over mixing will destroy the tenderness.
- To form the patties, take the lid to a gallon jar or use mason jar ring. Line it with plastic wrap so it overhangs the edges. Place this on a kitchen scale and zero it. Then add the amount of meat you want to use gently press the meat flat.
- Press an indentation into the middle of the patty. This will help your burger cook out flat. Set the burger / plastic wrap aside and keep using the lid and new wrap until you have four burgers.
- Start with a clean, oiled grill at medium-high heat (375F). Leave the lid open while you cook. For additional help preventing sticking brush both sides of the hamburger patty with olive oil.
- Grill 2-3 minutes on the first side before flipping for about two additional minutes. Salt patties as you go with seasoning salt or kosher salt.
- Add cheese right after you flip the patties.
- Grill patties to desired temperature: Medium-Rare 125 FMedium 135 FMedium Well 145 F Well Done 160 F
- Let burgers rest for about 5 minutes before serving.
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