How to season hamburgers

This recipe is from my great grandmother and is super easy. It is made using bread crumbs, eggs, and hamburger patties. Best served with fried potatoes.


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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 small onion, sliced into rings
  • Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Whisk eggs together in a small bowl. Place bread crumbs on a plate. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into 4 patties. Dip burger patties into egg, then press into bread crumbs to coat.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the breaded hamburgers on each side, about 2 minutes per side.

Place onion rings in the bottom of a baking dish or casserole dish. Pour in just enough water to cover the bottom, but not cover the onion. Carefully place burgers on top of the onions in the baking dish without touching the water.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until burgers are well done.

Smoked hamburgers are a killer way to prepare a burger. By smoking a burger, you end up with a juicy result, and the smoke creates crispy edges and great char. You’ll never go back to regular old burgers again. And drive thru burgers? Forget about it!

How to season hamburgers

Smoked Hamburgers on a Pellet Grill

The key to a great hamburger starts with the right mix of ground beef. As often as possible, I try to grind my own whole muscles for burgers. I personally love the flavor of ground chuck roast the most. It is just the right ratio of meat to fat.

If you’re buying from the grocery store, make sure you’re buying meat that was ground in-house, preferably that day. Aim for select ground beef that is at least 85% meat 15% fat. If you want your burger even juicier, I recommend 80% meat 20% fat.

After you’ve chosen your meat, it’s time to form your patties! I don’t recommend mixing in any seasonings, as the salt can draw some moisture out of the meat itself and change the texture of your finished burger.

Press your meat into patties, working the meat as little as possible. Shape your burgers so they are about 1/2 inch thick and wider than the buns you’ll be using. As your burger cooks, you will experience some shrinkage, so form your patties bigger than what you want your final burger size to be.

Once your patties are nicely formed, season the outside of your burgers on both sides. You can use whatever seasonings you like, but I prefer to use Hey Grill Hey Signature Beef Seasoning from Patio Provisions.

How to season hamburgers

How to Smoke Hamburgers

Once you have your meat ready to go, now it’s time to smoke!

I set my smoker to 225 degrees F for this first step. My preferred wood for smoked hamburgers is hickory. It’s strong enough to give you good smoke flavor in the limited time that the burgers will be exposed to smoke. Once your grill is preheated, place your burgers on the grates and close the lid. Depending on the thickness of your burgers, you should be able to smoke them for about 1 hour. For this first step, I want the internal temperature of my burgers to reach 135 degrees F.

Next step is to sear the burgers. This is super easy on my Camp Chef SG Pellet Grill. I simply crank up the temperature dial to High and slide open the deflector tray for direct grilling. Just like that, my burgers are roasting over a wood fire. You want the temperature of your fire at this point to be at least 400 degrees F.

Sear your burgers for about 2 minutes per side, or until it reaches your desired doneness (FDA recommends 165 degrees F). My favorite thermometer to use to use to ensure my burgers are perfectly done is the Thermapen Mk4. If you want cheeseburgers, add your cheese after the first flip. Once your burgers are smoked and seared to perfection, serve them on toasty buns with whatever condiments you like!

Tips to Smoking the Best Burgers

Smoking burgers is easy and straightforward, but these tips will help you get that perfect, juicy burger every time.

  • Make sure you use ground beef with an appropriate fat content. The heat and the smoke can dry out the meat, so aim for at least 15% fat in your beef.
  • Use a stronger wood for smoked burgers, such as hickory, oak, mesquite. These burgers are not on the smoker for very long, so you want the smoke to influence the meat for the entire time it is on the smoker.
  • Cook to temperature, not to color. Smoking causes a chemical reaction with the meat that turns it slightly pink. If you smoke your burgers for an hour, they may be pink throughout the entire burger! If you are using an internal thermometer, you will know that they are perfectly cooked, so don’t stress about them being too pink once they reach 165 degrees F.

How to season hamburgers

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How to season hamburgers

Get ready to go back in time with the golden arches, folks, because Macca’s is reopening its very first store in Australia and to celebrate its selling multiple items on the menu at 1970s prices.

Yes, you read that correctly, the mighty Yagoona store of legend is opening its doors yet again, and for just two (2) hours, you can snag some discounted goodies for you and your holiday season situationship.

From 11am-1pm on December 17th (which is today. ), Yagoona McDonald’s and ONLY Yagoona McDonald’s will be serving up 20c hamburgers, $1 cheeseburgers and $2 cups of coffee, just like they did in the 1970s.

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Keep in mind my friends that the hamburgers and cheeseburgers, though cheap, are (obviously) limited to a maximum of 4 per order, while the coffee is capped at one per order. Maybe take a couple of cars?

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How to season hamburgers

Making good hamburger patties may seem like a straightforward process, but more goes into cooking impressive burgers than just slapping a disk of grilled meat between a bun. While you can vary the type of meat and seasonings, or even make stuffed hamburger patties, following these simple steps leads you to juicy, great-tasting burgers every time.

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Starting Out

How to season hamburgers

Simple burgers often taste the best, so this example uses nothing more than coarse ground beef, salt, and pepper. High-fat content in the meat—80 percent lean, 20 percent fat, for example—produces better flavor and a juicier burger than leaner meat.

Before you begin, keep a few things in mind:

  • The meat needs to remain cold until you cook it.
  • You should handle the meat as little as possible.
  • Maintain clean hands and a clean work area.
  • Wash everything—tools, dishes, surfaces, hands, etc.—as soon as you finish making the patties.

What You Need

Divide the Meat

How to season hamburgers

Start by setting out a clean sheet pan, optionally lined with a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Portion the patties to fit the size of the intended burger bun. The higher the fat content of the meat, the more hamburgers shrink as they cook. If you use 80/20 lean/fat or higher, make the patties slightly larger than the buns. Keep patties made with leaner meat to the actual size of the buns.

Additionally, keep all the patties consistently sized so they cook at the same rate. Otherwise, you might end up with some overcooked and some undercooked burgers. Use a kitchen scale if you have one, or form a ball of the ground meat in your hand and hold it to get a feel for the size; repeat to make all the burgers the same. Either way, it's common to get four patties out of a pound of beef.

Shape the Patties

How to season hamburgers

When you shape the patties, press down in the center while you simultaneously pat the sides, turning the burger in your hand to keep it even. This prevents the patty from cracking around the edges. You should end up with a solid, compacted disk of meat.

Depress the Center

How to season hamburgers

Hamburger patties shrink as they cook, causing deep cracks to form and the edges to break apart. To prevent this, slightly depress the center of the patty to push a little extra meat toward the edges; aim for 3/4-inch thick at the sides and 1/2-inch thick in the center. This trick produces an evenly cooked patty that holds together on the grill.

Season the Patties

How to season hamburgers

Season hamburgers the way you would a good steak, with a generous amount of salt and black pepper to taste. You can stop there or add other herbs and spices if you like. Spice lovers might choose a sprinkle of hot red pepper flakes. Dried Italian seasonings, herbes de Provence, and smoky paprika all add a nice flavor to the meat. You can dust the top of the patties with seasoning or mix it into the ground beef before you form the patties. If you use 80 or 85 percent lean beef, you do not need to brush the patties with oil before you put them on the grill or in a skillet, since the meat contains enough fat distributed throughout to prevent sticking.

Store the Burgers

How to season hamburgers

You can prepare the patties ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator, but make sure they don't spend too much time exposed to the air. Unless you cook them right away, you need to keep them tightly wrapped and refrigerated. Don't allow ground meat to sit at room temperature, growing bacteria. Unlike steak and other cuts that benefit from coming to room temperature before you cook them, burgers should go straight from the fridge to the heat.

To store uncooked burger patties, stack them with pieces of wax paper between each one. Wrap the stack tightly in foil and refrigerate it. You can also freeze burgers this way for up to three months, but be sure to add a layer or two of plastic wrap underneath the foil.

Yes, every patty is 100% real beef with no fillers, additives or preservatives.

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How to season hamburgers

My family’s favorite fast food burger! There’s nothing like Freddy’s. Serve ’em with thin fries and fry sauce!

ground beef (roughly)

slice American cheese

whole hamburger bun (small, standard size)

  1. Heat a griddle over medium-high to high heat. Divide beef in half and roll into rough balls. One at a time, place the beef on the griddle. Place a large (non-slotted) spatula on top and use a coffee mug or large measuring cup to push the spatula and smash the patty very flat. Repeat with the other patty. Sprinkle them both with salt.
  2. Cook them for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they’re nice and brown on the first side. Flip them over, wait 45 seconds, the place the slice of cheese on one of the patties. Place the other patty on top of the cheese, give it 15 to 20 seconds to melt, then place directly on the bun.
  3. Serve with ketchup, pickles, mustard, mayo, jalapeño slices, etc.

My family loves—and I mean loves—Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, otherwise known as “Freddy’s.” A location opened about an hour from the ranch a couple of years ago, and whenever we’re passing through for a soccer game or a grocery trip, it’s a treat to be able to stop and chow down on what is exceptionally delicious fast food.

One of Freddy’s specialties is what they call a Steakburger, which is nothing more than a double cheeseburger…but it’s the way it’s prepared that sets it apart from the rest. And while I can’t exactly duplicate Freddy’s magic at home, since we can’t run out to Freddy’s every time we get a hankerin’, I sure do my best.

Here’s how to make a Freddy’s burger!

How to season hamburgers

Grab a little bit of ground beef—I’d say 1/4 cup or so—and roll it onto a ball. Place it on a hot skillet or griddle…

How to season hamburgers

And then, I don’t know how else to say this: You have to smash it flat. If you have a super heavy spatula and great upper body strength you can do it that way, but I grab a large 2-cup measure (or you can just use a large coffee mug) and use it to push the spatula against the beef and flatten the heck out of it. Be careful when you do this that your hand doesn’t get close enough to the cooking surface to get burned.

How to season hamburgers

You need two of these small, very thin patties per burger. For that reason, it’s hard to make a whole bunch of these at once unless you have a huge griddle or get lots of pans going at once!

But they’re totally worth it.

How to season hamburgers

Sprinkle them with salt, let them cook over medium high to high heat for just a minute or two, until they’re nice and brown. Then flip them BOTH over.

How to season hamburgers

About 45 seconds to 1 minute later, lay a piece of cheese on ONE of the patties (I usually choose the one that’s slightly larger if they’re slightly uneven)…

How to season hamburgers

Then place the second patty right on top. Because they’re so thin, they should be cooked through at this point.

How to season hamburgers

Within 20 to 30 seconds, this is what’s happening. The patties are so hot that the cheese melts almost instantly.

Oh, and about the cheese: Please use American. Please?

How to season hamburgers

Without draining it on paper towels or otherwise pretending to increase the health factor of this burger, place it right on a hamburger bun.

Oh, and about the hamburger buns: Please use the smallest, softest, most mass produced buns you can find. No Kaiser rolls, no artisan sourdough rolls, no ciabatta rolls.

Another thing about the buns: Freddy’s grills theirs with butter, which undoubtedly contributes to the scrumptiousness. Since the burgers are so, so quick, though, I usually just pull mine right out of the package. Still delicious!

How to season hamburgers

Then pop on the lid and serve it with ketchup, mustard, pickles, jalapeño slices, tomato slices, onion slices…whatever makes your skirt fly up!

How to season hamburgers

This is truly a delightful little burger. I can’t make enough of them lately.

How to season hamburgers

Just ask my kids!

How to season hamburgers

Oh! And pssst. Serve these thin French fries with the burgers. You’ll be glad you did.