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Best Homemade Hamburgers (Beef Patties)

Learn how to make homemade hamburger patties from scratch. It’s so easy, and it takes just a few minutes to enjoy restaurant-quality burgers at home. I'll share my tips and tricks with you so you can prepare hamburgers like a pro for BBQs and dinners. The secret to juicy burger patties is choosing the best ground beef and knowing when and how to season it. No more dry patties that are falling apart! Enjoy them on a toasted brioche bun.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger patties, hamburger
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 252kcal

Equipment

  • 6-inch (15cm) wax paper
  • Grill pan
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 14 oz* ground chuck (80% lean - 20% fat)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil for pan

Additional Ingredients

  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon mustard
  • 4 leaves of lettuce
  • 4 slices of raw onion
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • 8 slices of pickles

Instructions

  • Divide the meat into 3.5oz* portions and roughly shape into hockey pucks.
  • Place one meat portion on a plate layered with a piece of 6-inch (15cm) wax paper and press it into a thin patty that is about 1 inch (2.5cm) wider than the burger bun you use. It will be about ⅓ inch (0.8cm) thin. Repeat with the other portions. Don’t overwork the meat. The edges don’t need to be smooth.
  • Heat a grill pan over high heat and lightly brush with oil. 
  • Season the top of the patties with salt and pepper. Pick up one patty with a piece of paper underneath and flip it over and into the hot pan (seasoned side down) and remove the paper. Repeat with the other patties.
  • Cook for about 60-90 seconds, until you see that the edges start to turn grey and juices release on top of the meat patties. Season with salt and pepper and turn with a spatula. Cook for another 20-40 seconds until browned. 
  • Serve on toasted burger buns and top with your favorite toppings. To make classic hamburgers use the ingredients listed in the ingredients list.

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Notes

* After years of perfecting my patties, I found that 3.5oz / 99g is the perfect weight per patty for home cooking and grilling. I usually buy my meat from the butcher and buy enough meat to divide it into 3.5oz portions. For example, if I needed 6 patties, I would buy 21oz / 595g of meat. If you don’t have a kitchen scale or buy a prepackaged pound (454g) of ground beef in the store, just divide by 5 to have meat patties weighing 3.2oz / 91g or divide by 4 to have 4oz / 114g patties.

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 268mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg