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This truly is the Best Hamburger Recipe! In this post, we’re breaking down how to make the best hamburger on the grill every single time.

grilled hamburger with toppings on wood cutting board

The Best Hamburger Recipe (Really!)

Remember that burger picture I put up last week on Instagram? Well, I’ve had a crazy amount of requests (texts, comments, emails!) for the secrets to making the perfect hamburger and I’m totally happy to tell you that I’m ready to spill it all.

It all started when I signed on for a post with Vlasic. It was the perfect opportunity for me. You see, we had just watched a Netflix show about the best sandwiches in the United States and it’s FINALLY getting sunny and warm here in Utah so we’ve all been antsy for summer. Last week it was warm and lovely and I called Cade and said, it’s burger time. And after a little testing in the kitchen we ended up with what we believe to be the best grilled hamburger recipe ever. 

Grilling is a really big deal at our house. We love summer, the warm weather, the fresh produce and all of the fun. Early on in our marriage, we decided that we really wanted to “live” life. I know, who isn’t living, but I mean we wanted to get to know people, enjoy time together, make memories and never get too busy to enjoy a summer together. It’s almost like we still have that school mentality, work all year and relax in the summer (although we still work, just play more).

Things at Vlasic are real too. “Each farmer’s garden cucumber is hand-packed in a traditional mason jar and pickled using home-style canning techniques to lock in the bold, fresh taste.” That is seriously what I grew up with. Shelling peas, canning pickles and picking berries for jam and syrup until our hands were red and purple (or maybe it was our mouths). It was the best as a kid. We’d work hard with mom to help can the garden freshness and then have an awesome BBQ.

Now I want my kids to experience the freshness of summer too, but I want it to be even more delicious. Here’s to a summer without a single dry burger and fresh Vlasic pickles that started over 70 years ago!

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What’s Needed to Make the Best Grilled Hamburgers? 

Making a perfect hamburger doesn’t require tons of ingredients or special equipment. Here’s everything you’ll need to make the best hamburger recipe: 

  • Ground beef 
  • Challah buns
  • American cheese
  • Vlasic Bread and Butter Pickles
  • Salt
  • Butter

What’s the Best Ground Beef for Hamburgers? 

When you head to the store, have your butcher do a ground beef mixture of 60% ground chuck and 40% brisket. You guys, you will not believe how flavorful your burger can be with this mixture! Holy. Moly. Make them into patties and freeze them or just cook right away but trust me, it’s the bomb.com. So juicy, so tender.  

How to Grill Hamburgers 

We’ve given detailed instructions in the recipe card below on how to make the best hamburger, but here’s an overview of the process: 

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat. 
  2. Section the ground beef mixture into 8 patties, sprinkle with salt, and let rest at room temperature. 
  3. Grill burger patties salt side down, flipping once to ensure even cooking. 
  4. Place sliced cheese on top of patties in the last minute of cooking. 
  5. Butter challah buns and grill until golden. 
  6. Assemble your hamburgers with your favorite burger toppings! 

Tip: Want to amp up your burger game? Top your perfect hamburger with our Homemade Burger Sauce!

How Long to Grill Hamburgers 

Here are the hamburger grill times when making 1/4 pound ground beef burgers:

  • 2-3 minutes for medium rare
  • 3-4 minutes for medium (how I like it)
  • 5-6 minutes for well done 

juicy grilled hamburger with toppings and french fries on white plate

Tips for the Best Grilled Hamburgers 

The Buns — Challah buns are a must when grilling hamburgers. We get ours from Harmons and their bakery just makes them for us, but I’m sure your local bakery would too. These buns are sturdy enough to hold the burger, but soft on the inside so the juices get all up in the bun and make it wonderful. Spread a little butter on each half and then lightly grill them for optimal taste and texture. 

The Meat — If you’re aiming for the best burger recipe ever, do NOT overcook the burger patties. I know you’re afraid of the pink, but a grey, dry burger is not a good thing. Also, don’t flatten! Press your meat out into a disc that’s a little thicker and press an indentation into the center instead of a totally flat circle. This will keep your burger even and not a ball!

The Fresh Pickles — You really don’t need gobs of stuff on a burger when you start with a fantastic bun and meat. A simple, fresh pickle will be all you need. Trust me, Cade is all about the perfect burger and even his was just bun, burger, cheese and a few pickles and he was in love. ANNNNND! Add a little butter. Trust me on this one!

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The Best Hamburger

4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 4 -8 hamburgers
This truly is the Best Hamburger Recipe! In this post, we're breaking down how to make the best hamburger on the grill every single time.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 60% chuck 40% brisket , ground by your butcher
  • 4 Challah buns (unless you decide to do one burger per bun, then 8)
  • American Cheese
  • Vlasic Bread and Butter Pickles (or your favorite pickles)
  • Butter
  • Salt

Instructions

  • Heat your grill to high heat.
  • Prepare the ground meat by sectioning it into 8 balls and gently pressing into patties. Be careful to not handle the meat much — the more you handle it, the tougher your burger will be.
  • Sprinkle salt on the tops of the burgers and allow to rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Open the grill and place patties salt side down on the grill.
  • Salt the other side and add a dot of butter (like a teaspoon or so).
  • Grill on each side for 2-3 minutes for medium rare, 3-4 for medium (how I like it), and 5-6 for well done. During the last minute of cooking, add the cheese to each burger and close the lid to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Meanwhile, slice open the challah buns and butter each half.
  • When you add the cheese on top of the patties, add the buns to the grill as well. (Place the buns cut side down). Grill only until grill marks appear.
  • Remove the buns from the grill and place two patties on the bottom bun.
  • Top with pickles and top lid of the bun.

Notes

  • Note: I know that burgers make people nervous, but with good quality meat and a smart cook it's really ok to not cook to well done every time. In fact, you'll have more flavor if you don't cook it to well done. Also, the flatter your patty, the more juices will escape. Make it in a domed shape to help it not shrink up.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Hamburger
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 458
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 129.1mg43%
Carbohydrates 22.5g8%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24.2g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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22 comments

  • I’m not even a huge burger person and I am absolutely drooling over these photos! Gotta try it your way!

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    • I hated burgers until last year when we started making our own this way. I still don’t like them when it’s fast food. Gah!

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      • Where is the ‘perfect burger’ packages???

  • I used to shop at Harmon’s in Utah because it was right by my work! Love that place! Excited to try these tips. Challah buns are amazing…brisket is amazing…hamburger is amazing…so pretty much this will be amazing 😉

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    • Isn’t Harmon’s the best?! And I hope you like it!

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  • Have you made French toast with challah bread? You’ll never go back if you haven’t tried it. The BEST French toast EVER.

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    • I have! Isn’t it the best ever?!

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  • This looks amazing!!! Great photos.

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    • Thanks Karli!!

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  • I’m totally craving burgers now!! Holy wow! Where do I go to get that meat mixture?

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    • Harmons or really any butcher can do it!

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  • I love your recount of growing up, shelling peas and making jam. Sounds similar to mine. So much goodness. Can’t wait to try your beef mixture in burgers!

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  • Putting it on challah is just genius. I swear that bread makes any sandwich 100 times better.

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    • Totally! Thank you!

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  • So you only season the meat with salt? Any salt inparticular? Do yougrill on gas grill?

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    • Yes, we use a gas grill, and yup just salt! Crazy huh!

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  • Yes! I’d hate to mention a chain BBQ restaurant on a blog with so much great homemade food, but there’s a place (that will remain nameless) that does the chuck/brisket mixture for their burgers and it is phenomenal. Never really thought about actually grilling my own like that. So simple, yet…so…brilliant.

    And now I want a burger…

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    • What?! You have to tell me where! I’ve never had the combo before and I’d love to try it!

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      • Famous Dave’s…they’re always juicy and have a nice “backyard grill” char to them. But your burger still looks WAY better!

      • lol, you’re so nice! I’ll totally have to try it. I think we may have one up in SLC.

  • YAYYY! Burgers are my fave and the challah buns and beef/brisket blends def. sound amazing!

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    • Plus challah is just way fun to say!

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