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Two stunning burgers with melted cheese, condiments, fries and a coke.
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Grilling Hamburgers: The Best Recipe and Burger Grilling Tips

This grilled hamburger recipe will make you a legend!  Make sure you check out the post for 10 easy tips for flavorful, juicy, grilled hamburgers so you can nail your cookout every time.   See my notes at the bottom of the post for adding pineapple and teriyaki sauce to your grilled hamburgers!
Please remember that grilling times depend on the heat and even cooking ability of your grill :)
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 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 F
    Medium 135 F
    Medium Well 145 F
    Well Done 160 F
  • Let burgers rest for about 5 minutes before serving.


If you want to impress your burger crew grill a few rings from a fresh or canned pineapple.
Just grill both sides until you have grill marks and the fruit is hot through. Plan on 1-2 rings / burger.
Drizzle cooked burgers with a sauce such as General Yoshida's Original Gourmet Sauce. It is knock your socks off, major food coma good!


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