How to Make a Burger on the Stove - No grill, no problem!

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How to Make a Burger on the Stove - No grill, no problem!

Do you dream of grilling cheeseburgers for friends and family on a perfectly preheated grill in a spacious backyard? Yes we too.

But sometimes that's not reality, is it? Maybe you don't have a grill; maybe you live in a city; Maybe it's just raining!

Don't put the buns in the bin just because it's cloudy or winter. Learn how to make a burger on the inside of the stove.

We use 90/10 ground beef for baked burgers

The best meat mix for grilling burgers is 80/20, but it's best to opt for a leaner 90/10 mix when cooking burgers on the stovetop so too much fat doesn't melt in the pan.

Get that griddle or cast iron skillet.

We prefer to use a large skillet when preparing burgers indoors, but have had great success with a simple cast-iron skillet as well.

Be sure to preheat it to a nice even heat so you can make multiple burgers at once.

Imperfect empanadas are perfect

We like to make stovetop patties thinner and flatter than grilled patties.

If you're making individual burgers, 4 ounces per burger is a good size. If you're making double patties, choose the 3 oz.

When portioning burgers, don't worry about shaping them into perfect patties like you would if you were grilling them.

In fact, for stovetop burgers, it's best to flatten the burgers while they're cooking in the skillet!

Clean the pan between burgers

If you're cooking multiple burgers, wipe down your skillet or griddle between cooking batches to help prevent overburning and smoking.

It is not necessary to thoroughly clean the surface of the sink; just scrape off any burger bits and give the surface a quick wipe down before moving on to round two.

A genius trick for melting cheese

Once your burger is cooked through and you remove it from the pan, place the cheese on top and cover with a metal bowl.

This will trap the steam coming out of the burger and quickly melt the cheese without melting it all over the pan.


For the burger seasoning mix (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Easy Hamburger Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce

for the burgers

  • 1 pound ground mandrel (90:10)


  • 3 potato buns or brioche
  • 6 slices of American cheese
  • nonstick spray
  • green lettuce leaves
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced fresh tomato


Prepare the optional burger seasoning mix:

Before you start cooking, prepare the spice mix. In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Put it aside.

Make the sauce:

In another small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup until smooth. Put it aside.

Form the burgers:

Preheat a large heavy-duty skillet (cast iron is best) over medium heat.

Loosely divide the ground beef among three 1/3 pound patties.

Shape into disks about 1/2-inch thick and poke a hole in the center of each patty to prevent puffing in the center.

Season burgers with 1/2 teaspoon of the seasoning mix on each side of the burger, if using.

Cook the burgers:

Turn on the fan over the stove and open a window to help air flow.

Spray your skillet with some nonstick spray and place the burgers in the skillet. Press each burger down with a spatula for 10 seconds.

This is to encourage browning.

Cook the burgers over medium heat for 4 minutes. Don't touch them too much to get a nice crust on the first side.

Use a sturdy metal spatula to flip the patties, making sure to scrape up any caramelization with the patty.

Flip the burgers:

After flipping patties, add cheese, if using, and continue cooking for 3 minutes until patty is cooked to desired doneness, usually medium.

If you're cooking just one burger, you can toast the buns in the same pan as the burger, or toast them separately if you're cooking multiple burgers at the same time.

If you want the cheese to melt well, cover the patties with a lid for the last minute of cooking.

Assemble the burgers and serve:

Build your burgers by spreading a little burger sauce on each bun. Place burgers on bottom bun and top with lettuce, onion, tomato, and top bun. Serve immediately with a cold drink.

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