How to Grill Burgers

Grilled burgers are a summertime must-have. If you don't already know how, it's time you learned how to make the most delicious, juicy burgers ever. We'll teach you how to grill burgers, and we're sharing our favorite grilled hamburger recipes. Get our must-have tips for cooking hamburgers, including the proper grilling temperatures and how to shape the perfect patty. Check out our best hamburger recipes (including some easy veggie burgers!) at the bottom of the page.

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You only need a handful of ingredients, half an hour, and a hot grill to make the most delicious, juicy burgers ever. Toss some burgers onto the grill, and dinner's practically done. 

Get the recipe for our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers here.

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Season Your Meat

For maximum flavor dispersal, spread ground beef on a platter and add your seasonings of choice. We like using chopped shallot, steak sauce, salt, and pepper. Gently mix together by hand, but be careful not to knead the mixture. 

Make Your Burgers

For consistent-size patties, pat meat into rectangles and divide. Pat each section into rounds but don't overwork the meat. 

For the juiciest burgers, choose ground beef that is 70 percent lean and 30 percent fat.

One of our favorite healthy grilling burger tips: Add onion and steak sauce to lean beef. They add moisture and flavor! 

Shaping Hamburger Patties

Flatten each burger into 3/4-inch patties. If desired, press irregular edges in toward the center to form perfectly round burgers. 

Add a Dimple

After shaping burger patties, use your fingers to press lightly in the center of each patty, forming a shallow indentation. This dimple does two things: It helps keep the burger from bulging while cooking, and it makes the burger cook more evenly. 

Grilling Burgers

For a charcoal grill, grill 1/2-inch patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until done (160 degrees F to 165 degrees F), turning once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.) Thicker burger patties will require longer grilling times to reach a safe burger doneness temperature of 160 degrees. Aim for 20 to 24 minutes for patties that are 3/4 inch thick.

To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. To make a cheeseburger, add a slice of your favorite cheese during the last minute of cooking. 

Burger Toppings

Slide your patty onto a burger bun and get topping! We love the classic burger toppings: ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, and mayo. But every once in a while, we like to mix it up! Try these fun burger topping takes on the classics. 

Blue Guacamole
Combine 1 cup purchased guacamole with 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese. 

Horseradish Mayo
Combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, and the juice of half a lemon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Chipotle Ketchup
Combine 1/4 cup ketchup with 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. 

Try one of our favorite burger recipes.

Try Stuffing Your Burger!

Stuffed burgers are delicious and easy to customize! To make, split each burger into two thin patties and stuff with 1 tablespoon of filling. Grilling stuffed burgers is easy: Simply make sure the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. 

Try our favorites:

Crisp-cooked crumbled bacon

Crumbled feta or blue cheese

Shredded provolone, mozzarella, smoked cheddar, cheddar, or Monterey Jack cheese

1/3 to 1/2 cup cooked sliced fresh mushrooms

Chopped roasted red sweet peppers

Fresh salsa (be sure to drain excess liquid)

Our Best Burger Recipes

Want to know how to grill bacon burgers? Or looking to whip up a batch of grilled sliders? We've got delicious grilled hamburger recipes. 

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Taco Sliders

Grilled Bacon Cheeseburgers

Hawaiian Burger

Greek Burgers

More insanely delicious burger recipes. 

Copycat Smashed Burger

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