The Best Classic Burger

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The Best Classic Burger Recipe – Perfectly seasoned juicy homemade hamburgers.  This easy recipe only needs a few ingredients.

The Best Classic Burger with toppings and a bun

How do you make a great burger?

I’m a firm believer that a truly great hamburger doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.  You only need a handful of seasonings and some good ground beef.  The beef you use for burgers makes all the difference.

What type of beef is best for burgers?

A lot of my recipes call for lean ground beef.  Not this one!  The best beef for making hamburger patties is 80% lean and 20 % fat ground beef.  You really need the fat in the meat to make juicy flavorful burgers.

The Best Hamburger Recipe

*Note: The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

  • Add 80% lean ground beef to a large bowl.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper.

A mixing bowl full of ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper for the best hamburger recipe

  • Mix with your hands until well combined.
  • Divide the beef into fourths.

Beef mixture that has been quartered to make into hamburger patties

  • Use your hands to form 4 hamburger patties ¾ inch thick.
  • Use your thumbs to make an indention in the middle of the patties.
  • Grill over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes on each side.

Burger patty cooking on a grill plate

  • Serve on hamburger buns.
  • Top with your favorite traditional burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, etc.)

How to make a great Cheeseburger.

This burger recipe makes awesome cheeseburgers!  Just add a slice of cheese to the top of each burger patty about 1 minute before they are ready to come off the grill.  This will give the cheese enough time to melt.  I highly recommend sliced provolone cheese on these.

Homemade grilled burger on a bun with hamburger toppings

What should I serve with hamburgers?

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The best classic burger recipe on a bun with traditional hamburger toppings

The Best Classic Burger Recipe

4.99 from 77 votes
The Best Classic Burger Recipe - Perfectly seasoned juicy homemade hamburgers.  This easy recipe only needs a few ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


Servings 4 burgers
Calories 558 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds 80% lean 20% fat ground beef or ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: 4 slices of cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Optional: hamburger toppings - lettuce tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.


  • Preheat the grill to 375 degrees F (medium-high).
  • In a large bowl, add the beef. Sprinkle evenly with the Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use your hands to mix the ingredients until they are just combined.
  • Divide the meat mixture into fourths. Take ¼ of the meat mixture and use your hands to press it into the shape of a hamburger patty that is about ¾ inch thick. Make an indention in the middle of the patty to prevent bulging in the center of the hamburger as it cooks. Repeat with the remaining meat mixture, making 4 hamburgers.
  • Place the burgers on the grill. Cook 4-5 minutes on the first side. Flip the burgers over and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, until the burgers have reached the desired doneness.*
  • If adding cheese, lay a slice of cheese on each burger patty about 1 minute before taking the burgers off the grill, so the cheese has a chance to melt.
  • Serve the burgers on hamburger buns with optional hamburger toppings.


*I usually cook for 4 minutes on each side for medium-well burgers.


Serving: 1patty | Calories: 558kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1533mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 5mg
Course Dinner, Entree
Keyword burger recipe, hamburger recipe, how to make a hamburger
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks

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  1. 5 stars
    I made some of these tonight. They were one of the best burgers I’ve had. Not smothering the ground beef flavor, just adding a mix of flavors to it. I had to fry them tonight, too cold out to BBQ. Can’t wait to try some that way. Thanks!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve used your recipe so many times I figured I should leave a rating! Excellent burgers, my whole family loves them. Thanks! 🍔

  3. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it was delicious! My sister in law raved about it. Nice juicy. Cooked on a pan. Thank you for this!!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these hamburgers this evening, and they were very flavorful and juicy. Next time, though, I will cut down on the black pepper. This is just my preference, and others may not agree. I made these on my newly purchased indoor grill, and I will do so again!!

  5. 5 stars
    The flavor was spot on! Delicious, juicy burgers. I didn’t have a grill so I used my air fryer.

  6. 5 stars
    I will make our burgers this way from now on. They were perfect!! My husband had eaten 1/2 of his in no time, he NEVER does that.

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About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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