Classic Grilled Hamburgers

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Kick of your summer with an All-American burger! These classic grilled hamburgers will be your “go to” recipe for your barbecue gatherings! 

Classic Grilled Hamburger Recipe - The Foodie Affair

Sometimes you just want a good juicy burger without all the frills! That’s they way this hamburger was prepared. Simple seasoning with lots of flavor that stands on its own, and just as tasty with all your favorite toppings. Alan always adds mustard on his burger. For him, burgers are incomplete without mustard! I like to add fresh veggies like tomatoes and lettuce. Oh, I’ve been stacking mine with avocado slices too!

Classic Grilled Hamburger Recipe - The Foodie Affair

The key to keeping your burger juicy is to make sure you are gentle with the ground beef. The more you handle the meat the tougher it will become, so avoid those hamburger presses that smooch and pack down the meat.  The best burgers are gently formed with your hands. Another tip I like to pass along is to salt the burgers just before cooking on the grill. The salt helps retain the moisture as well enhance the flavor of the burger!

If you are a part of my newsletter family I’ll be sharing more tips on how to prepare your grill for the season and ways to avoid cooking big meatball patties! Need something for your vegetarian guests? This Sweet Potato Veggie Burger is another “go to” recipe that I make often!

I hope you are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. I sure am missing the gatherings and camaraderie we used to have with my military family during this holiday. Keep those that serve and their loved ones that are experiencing separation in your thoughts, and a special prayer for those heros that didn’t come home. XO

Classic Grilled Hamburger Recipe - The Foodie Affair

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Classic Grilled Hamburger

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 7 mins Yields 4


  • 1 pound ground beef with 15-20 percent fat
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Toppings and condiments of your choice: avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, mustard, ketchup


  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder. Gentle fold into meat with chopped onions. Divide meat into 4 portions and with your hands form ¾" thick patties that are about 4 - 4½ inches in diameter. Form an indentation in the middle of each patty. Season with fresh pepper and put in the refrigerator for about an hour (or more if you can).
  3. Before grilling let the meat stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Season with kosher salt right before cooking.
  4. Toast hamburger buns and top the burger with your favorite toppings and condiments.


Recipe Notes

How do you like your meat?

Medium Rare (130-135° F): Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 4 more minutes.
Medium (135-150° F): Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 5 more minutes.
Medium Well (150-165° F): Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 6 more minutes.
Well Done (165° F and up): Grill for 3 minutes, flip, grill for 7 more minutes.
Addicted to Grilling

Classic Grilled Hamburger Recipe - The Foodie Affair


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38 Comments on Classic Grilled Hamburgers

  1. ZazaCook says:
    May 26, 2015

    Yum yum yum! I love juicy hamburgers:)

    • May 26, 2015

      And you never get tired of grilled hamburgers! Summer-time favorite 🙂

    • May 26, 2015

      Thank you! I hope you add this recipe to your list of must try!

  2. May 26, 2015

    That is a great looking hamburger. I agree with Alan, I won’t eat a hamburger without mustard and it needs lots of dill pickles. 🙂

    • May 26, 2015

      Extra salt from the pickles is a good choice! Love them too 🙂

  3. Christie says:
    May 26, 2015

    there is nothing like a delicious juicy burger. Love your tips

    • May 26, 2015

      Thanks, Christie! I keep trying new ways to improve a basic burger.

  4. Shelby says:
    May 26, 2015

    Nothing better than a classic grilled burger!

  5. May 26, 2015

    Maybe because I’m on a diet right now, but these hamburgers are the BEST hamburgers I’ve EVER SEEN!

    • May 26, 2015

      That’s so nice to say! Hope your diet allows for the meat patties 🙂

  6. Liz Mays says:
    May 26, 2015

    I could eat a great grilled burger every day, and this certainly qualifies as that!

  7. May 26, 2015

    Easy to make and so satisfying. No wonder its a favorite meal!

  8. Michelle Hwee says:
    May 26, 2015

    This looks so good! Also very easy to make 🙂 I love burgers!

    • May 28, 2015

      That’s the best way to shape burgers! Form them with your hands!

  9. Rachael says:
    May 27, 2015

    I love a simple hamburger! I’m so happy it’s grilling season so I can start making these again! thanks for sharing!

    • May 28, 2015

      It’s such a fun time of year. I feel like I get a break from the kitchen when we grill our foods 🙂

  10. Elizabeth O. says:
    May 27, 2015

    That looks delicious. My family loves burgers andI like trying out different burger recipes. I will definitely try yours.

    • May 28, 2015

      Super! Thanks for putting this on your list to try this season!

  11. May 27, 2015

    You just can’t go wrong with a simple grilled burger. I love seasoning my ground beef with a little A-1 and some salt and pepper- so good! This burger looks perfect! 🙂

    • May 28, 2015

      I used to just add salt and pepper, but a little extra sure makes a yummy difference!

    • May 28, 2015

      Thank you, Sheena! This comes together quickly and everyone loves a classic burger!

  12. Chastity says:
    May 29, 2015

    I just love a good classic burger! Especially in the summer:)

  13. May 30, 2015

    Hard to believe it’s grilling season again! That burger looks really tasty too. I want one now!

  14. May 30, 2015

    Dang! That looks delicious! I think burgers are my favorite food. I will have to get my husband to grill me one now!

    • June 2, 2015

      Burgers are a staple during the summer months, but I should eat them more often!

  15. LauraOinAK says:
    June 1, 2015

    Interesting tip about the hamburger presses. We use one at home most of the time, but will have to try hand forming next time.

    • June 2, 2015

      We’ve used a press for years too. Mainly because I wanted the perfect circumference. It got lost in a move and I never replaced it and who cares if my burgers are not full circles 🙂

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