3 Best Juicy Homemade Beef Burger Recipes

Posted on Nov 17, 2019 in Activity

Almost everybody knows how hamburgers work: a bun sliced in half and topped with a nice juicy patty and your favorite sauces, pickles, cheese or veggies. However, only a few can cook them by the book. Whether you are still struggling to get your patties properly grilled and find the perfect balance between your sauces, or you have already mastered the art of making burgers, there’s always room for improvement and experiment. All it takes is a little patience, fresh ingredients, and the perfect recipe. Luckily, we’ve got three, and we guarantee they deliver the most amazingly-tasting and looking burgers you have ever seen. It’s time to prepare your grill and run to the market. You are cooking homemade burgers today, and we’ve got some serious advice.

The Meat

This step is extremely important so make sure you don’t skip it. The secret to obtaining juicy burgers is to use meat with a good fat percentage of 15% to 30%. This means you should avoid beef cuts like sirloin or round, which are too lean to make good burgers. In contrast, chuck and ribs are crossed by nice fat strips that make the ground meat soft and succulent. An additional tip is to use a coarse grind, so the meat can maintain its texture and not turn into a paste.

The Grilling

The usual time for a patty on one side to grill is 2 to 4 minutes. Nevertheless, you can never go wrong with a meat thermometer, which will help you grill the patties exactly how you like them. For example, if you are aiming at a medium-rare burger, the thermometer should show a value between 130 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit when the meat is done. For rare, the temperature should be between 120 and 125 F, while for a well-done piece, it should hover around 160 degrees.

1. Homemade Steakhouse Burger

Great parties call for the best burgers, and what shouts taste and energy more than the famous steakhouse burger? As in most cases, the secret stands in grilling the patties. And there’s a whole process of choosing, mixing, and seasoning that happens before they end up on the grill. So let’s take a look at what you’ll need. This recipe is for 2 delicious burgers.

The List

Burger Patties

  • Ground beef obtained either from short rib or chuck steak – 1 pound
  • Onion powder – 1/4 tsp.
  • Garlic powder – 1/4 tsp.
  • Kosher salt – 1/4 tsp.
  • Pepper, freshly ground – 1/4 tsp.

Toppings

  • Bacon, high-quality – 4 thick slices
  • Lettuce, cold – 2 leaves
  • Onion – 2 about 1/8 thick slices, broken into rings
  • Tomato – 2 slices

Special Sauce

  • Egg Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup
  • Sweet or Hot Ketchup – 1/2 cup
  • Hot sauce – 1 tbsp.

The Process

  1. Preparing the Special Sauce. Blend the ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, and hot sauce together in a container. Add the garlic powder and salt. Leave it rest for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Mixing the ingredients. In a small container, combine the freshly-ground pepper with the onion and garlic powder. Don’t add salt yet, as it can dehydrate the meat. Next, spread the ground beef on a plate and sprinkle the spices uniformly. Divide it into 8-ounce balls and try to even out any crevices. Use a burger press to turn them into disks. You will easily obtain nicely-shaped patties that have the perfect thickness and size with the best burger press, all without much effort on your part.
  3. Grilling the Patties. Decide on how cooked should the burgers be and use the meat thermometer to follow the cooking process. Meanwhile, you can butter the hamburger buns and place them on the indirect side. Watch them carefully, as they can easily turn into black, uneatable balls.
  4. Assembling the Burger. Spread the special sauce on the bottom, add the burger patty and toppings, and finish the tower with the top bun.

2. Homemade Butter Burger

As we have already stated, fat is the secret of cooking good burgers, so if your health and silhouette allow it, it might be time to try the butter burger. This is exactly what you think: a good piece of butter grated and combined with the ground meat. What could be more decadent than that?

This recipe serves 8.

The List

  • Fresh butter, cold – 2 sticks
  • Ground beef – 3 pounds
  • Cheddar cheese – 8 slices
  • Kosher salt – 1 tbsp.
  • Toppings: lettuce, onion, sliced tomato
  • Buns – 8

The Process

  1. Preparing the Mix. Grate the cold butter and combine it with the ground meat in a large bowl. The butter tends to smooth the texture of the meat, so you will need to pay extra attention when handling it. Shape the patties using your hands or a special press. They should be about 3/4 inches thick and as wide as 4 inches.
  2. Perfect Grilling. You should pay great attention to flare-ups. As the butter melts, it will start dripping on the cooking surface. However, it won’t take more than 8 minutes to grill the patties on both sides, and you will soon be ready to go to the next step.
  3. Serving. Place cheese on the patties while they are still on the grill, then place them on the buns. Top with lettuce, tomato, and onion slices, and your choice sauces.

3. Homemade Olive-Oil Burger

If you are looking to cut on animal fat, we have a suggestion that will help you get healthier burgers without changing their juicy texture: the olive oil and Worcestershire sauce burger. The secret is to buy leaner meat with a fat percentage of 10%-15% and top it with the healthier fat in the olive oil. This will add the perfect consistency to your patties and a subtle olive aroma.

The List

  • Ground beef – 1 pound
  • Worcestershire sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Freshly-Ground Black Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sea salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Toppings: lettuce, sliced onion, and tomato, cheese, sauces

The Process

  1. Preparing the Patties. Place all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix them gently. Shape the patties to be about 1/2 inches thick and make a fingerprint in the center of each one so the burgers don’t bulge over when cooked.
  2. Grilling Time. Leave them to cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or use a meat thermometer to obtain perfect rare, medium or well-cooked burgers.

3. Topping. Spread the sauces over the bottom bun and add the patties. Then, place the toppings and cover everything with the top bun.