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Delicious and Juicy Homemade Hamburger Patties

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly cooked, juicy hamburger patties to satisfy your cravings for a delicious and hearty meal. Whether you’re grilling up patties on a sunny summer day or savoring them indoors during the colder months, a well-crafted hamburger will always make you feel good!

Homemade juicy Hamburger patties garnished with parsley

Homemade Hamburger Patties

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly cooked, juicy hamburger to satisfy your cravings for a delicious and hearty meal. While there are plenty of great restaurants and fast-food joints that offer tasty burgers, there’s something special about making your own homemade hamburger patties.

If you have access to a butcher or meat grinder, consider grinding your own meat using a blend of cuts such as chuck, sirloin, and brisket. This allows you to control the quality and fat content of your ground beef, resulting in a superior homemade hamburger patty.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the art of crafting the perfect homemade hamburger patty.

The Importance of Quality Meat

The foundation of a delicious and juicy homemade hamburger patty lies in the quality of the meat you choose. Opt for fresh, high-quality ground beef with a fat content of around 15-20%. This fat content will ensure a tender and flavorful patty, as the fat will render and keep the meat moist during cooking. Avoid extra lean ground beef, as it can result in a dry and less flavorful burger.

You can use other meats such as ground pork, chicken, turkey, or lamb. Make it your own by adding different toppings and condiments.

Freshly ground beef for making homemade hamburger patties

Seasoning the patties

When it comes to seasoning your homemade hamburger patties, you can choose to keep it simple or get creative. At a minimum, you’ll want to season your ground beef with salt and pepper to enhance the natural flavors of the meat. But be sure to season the meat just before forming the patties, as salt can draw out moisture and alter the texture of the beef if left to sit for too long.

For those looking to experiment with bolder flavors, consider incorporating additional seasonings and ingredients into your ground beef mixture. Some popular additions include minced garlic or onion, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, or your favorite herbs and spices. Just be mindful not to overdo it, as you don’t want to overpower the natural taste of the beef.

Seasoned ground beef

Forming the Perfect Patty

When forming your homemade hamburger patties, there are a few key tips to keep in mind. First, avoid overworking the meat, as this can result in a dense and less tender patty.

Gently shape the ground beef into a round, even patty that is slightly larger than the diameter of your burger bun, as the meat will shrink during cooking.

To prevent the patty from puffing up in the center while cooking, press a shallow indentation in the middle of the patty using your thumb. This will help the patty maintain its shape and cook more evenly.

Hamburger patties ready to be cooked

Cooking Techniques: Grilling, Pan-Searing, or Broiling

There are several methods for cooking your homemade hamburger patties, each with its own unique benefits:

  • Grilling: Cooking your patties on an outdoor grill imparts a delicious smoky flavor and allows the excess fat to drip away from the meat. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and cook the patties for 4-5 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  • Pan-searing: Cooking your patties in a hot skillet or cast-iron pan creates a beautiful crust on the outside of the patty while keeping the inside juicy and tender. Preheat your pan over medium-high heat, add a small amount of oil, and cook the patties for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  • Broiling: Cooking your patties under the broiler in your oven is a great indoor alternative to grilling. Place the patties on a broiler pan or wire rack set over a baking sheet, and position them about 4-5 inches from the broiler element. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness.

Regardless of the cooking method you choose, remember to resist the urge o press down on the patties with a spatula while cooking, as this will squeeze out the flavorful juices and result in a drier burger.

Assembling The Patties

Once your homemade hamburger patties are cooked to perfection, it’s time to assemble your burger. Choose a soft, slightly toasted bun to hold your patty, and layer on your favorite toppings and condiments.

Some classic options include lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cheese, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. For a more adventurous burger, consider adding unique toppings like avocado, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, or a fried egg.

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Ingredients used for Hamburger Patties

Ground Beef: The beef is usually ground from cuts like chuck, sirloin, or a combination of different beef cuts. Ground beef with higher fat content, around 80% lean meat, and 20% fat, keep the patties moist and juicy during cooking.

  • Salt: bring out the natural flavors of the meat and other ingredients.
  • Pepper: adds a subtle kick and complements the other flavors.
  • Yellow Onion and Garlic: add aromatic and savory notes to the patties.
  • Worcestershire Sauce and ketchup: add tanginess to the patties.
  • Dijon Mustard: provide a tangy flavor.
  • Smoked Paprika: for an earthy flavor.
  • Egg: helps bind the ingredients together and provides moisture.
  • Bread Crumbs: help absorb moisture and prevent the patties from becoming too dense.
  • Dried Oregano: add a herby and aromatic taste to the patties

How do you make Hamburger Patties

  1. Mix the ingredients: Combine the ground beef and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently with your hands or a fork until all ingredients are distributed evenly.
  2. Shape the patties: Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball and gently flatten it into a patty approximately 1/2-inch thick and 4 inches in diameter.
  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat—lightly oil the grates or pan to prevent sticking.
  4. Cook the hamburger patties on one side for 4-5 minutes until they develop a nice sear and grill marks. Flip the patties and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side until they reach your desired level of doneness. 
  5. If desired, add a slice of your favorite cheese on top of each patty during the last minute of cooking, and cover the grill or pan with a lid to melt the cheese.
  6. Let it rest: Remove the cooked patties from the grill or pan and let them rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
  7. Assemble your hamburgers by placing each patty on a bun and adding your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and condiments.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious and juicy homemade hamburger patties!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef for hamburger patties? Absolutely! You can use ground turkey or chicken as a leaner alternative to beef. However, remember that they have less fat content so the patties may be slightly drier.

How long can I store uncooked hamburger patties in the refrigerator? If you have already shaped the patties, store them in the refrigerator for 1-2 days before cooking. 

Can I make hamburger patties ahead of time for a party? You can prepare the hamburger patties ahead of time for a party. Shape the patties and store them in the refrigerator or freeze until you’re ready to cook them.

Are there any vegetarian or vegan alternatives for hamburger patties? You can use black beans, lentils, chickpeas, mushrooms, or vegetables as the base for plant-based patties. They are a flavorful and nutritious option for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

How to Store the Recipe

If you have leftover cooked hamburger patties, allow them to cool down to room temperature before storing them. Place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

If you want to store them for a longer period, shape the patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them until firm. When ready to use the frozen patties, transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight. Thawing them in the refrigerator helps maintain their texture and quality. Once thawed, cook them as desired.

  • Reheating: If you have leftover cooked hamburger patties that need reheating, you can use the following methods:
  • Stovetop: Reheat the patties on a skillet or grill pan over medium heat until heated.
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C). Cover the patties on a baking sheet with foil to prevent drying. Heat them for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

What to Serve with Hamburger Patties

  • Burger Buns: Serve the hamburger patties on soft and toasted burger buns. You can choose a low-carb option from regular buns, whole wheat buns, brioche buns, or even lettuce wraps.
  • Cheese: Top your cooked hamburger patties with a slice of cheese while they’re still hot, allowing it to melt. Common cheese choices include cheddar, American, Swiss, or pepper jack. 
  • Condiments: Classic options include ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Other condiments like pickles, relish, or sautéed onions can add flavor.
  • Fresh Vegetables: Include a selection of fresh vegetables to add crunch and freshness to your burger. Popular choices include sliced tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, and avocado.
  • Side Salads: Classic choices include garden salads, coleslaw, or potato salad
  • French Fries or Potato Wedges: Crispy french fries or seasoned potato wedges are delicious. 
  • Sweet Potato Fries: For a healthier twist, serve sweet potato fries
  • Grilled Vegetables: Fire up the grill and cook a medley of grilled vegetables as a side dish.

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How to make a Classic Hamburger

Hamburgers should be served on Buns immediately with Tomatoes, Onions, Lettuce, salad dressing and Ketchup or any other favorite condiment of your choice.
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Course: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American, Global
Keyword: homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef preferably 80% lean 20% fat
  • 1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, diced onion, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, Dijon mustard, salt, freshly ground black pepper, smoked paprika, and dried oregano. Mix gently with your hands or a fork until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the patties tough.
  • Divide the mixture into four equal portions. Shape each portion into a round ball and then gently flatten it into a patty, approximately 1/2-inch thick and 4 inches in diameter. Press a shallow indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb to help it cook evenly and prevent it from puffing up in the middle.
  • Preheat a grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat—lightly oil the grates or pan to prevent sticking.
  • Cook the hamburger patties for 4-5 minutes on one side until they develop a nice sear and grill marks. Flip the patties and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side for medium doneness or until they reach your desired level of doneness. The internal temperature should read 160°F (71°C) for medium.
  • If desired, add a slice of your favorite cheese on top of each patty during the last minute of cooking, and cover the grill or pan with a lid to melt the cheese.
  • Remove the cooked patties from the grill or pan and let them rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Assemble your hamburgers by placing each patty on a bun and adding your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and condiments.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious and juicy homemade hamburger patties!
  • Notes
  • Mix the patties until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the patties, as this can make the patties tough.
  • After flattening the patties, press a shallow indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb to help it cook evenly and prevent it from puffing up in the middle.
  • The patties are done when the internal temperature reads 160°F (71°C). for medium.
  • Preheat the grill before adding the patties to create a nice sear and lock in the juices.
  • Avoid pressing down on the patties with a spatula while they cook. This can squeeze out the juices and result in a drier patty.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 948IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg

Let’s Connect! You can find me on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. I love keeping in touch with all of you! and if you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cheflolaskitchen ❤❤❤

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

I really love the way you cook and I love your cooking

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 4th of September 2022

Thank you so much; I appreciate your comment.

Rakiya usman

Sunday 9th of May 2021

I luv your ways of cooking its easier

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 10th of May 2021

Thank you Rakiya.

Aisha khalid Adam

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Hi nice to meet you is it compulsory for me to add eggs

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 10th of May 2021

Yes, it helps the texture.

Dee

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

Hi, great recipe.

Please where can I get the buns in Lagos?

Nmezi Obiageli

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

@Lola Osinkolu, Very nice recipe, pls can't I make the burger buns myself? If I can what are the ingredients and procedure for making it.

Lola Osinkolu

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

You will find it in supermarkets like ShopRite and the likes.