This is the best hamburger recipe for juicy, tender burgers everybody loves. My 9 easy hamburger making and grilling tips will have you making the perfect hamburgers all year. Check out my easy tip for making the perfect patty without tools. You can change this recipe up for pineapple / teriyaki burgers in a flash and they are SO good.
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The Best Hamburger Recipe & Burger Tips

Solve all your burger grilling problems! These easy tips for flavorful, juicy, hamburgers will make you a grilling legend. My easy trick to make perfect patties will amaze you - no tools required!  You can change this recipe up for pineapple / teriyaki burgers in a flash and they are SO good.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: BBQ
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger grilling, hamburgers, grilling tips
Servings: 4
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


  • 1 pound hamburger 20% fat (this is the perfect fat content so no substitutions!)
  • 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
  • Cheese pineapple and assorted hamburger condiments


  • 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 the number of burgers you want.
  • Start with a clean, oiled grill and grill several 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 about two minutes before the burgers are done on the second side.
  • Note: All grilling times depend on the heat and even cooking of your grill.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 4.2mg