Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Perfect burgers every time! There is quite a debate about the origin of the popular American hamburger. I will side with the Wisconsin theory, and attribute this recipe to the Midwest U.S. region.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs ground beef (80 - 85% lean, more lean is too dry)
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper


  1. Sometimes I vary the seasonings- using a steak seasoning or Cajun seasoning instead of salt and pepper.
  2. Mix ingredients with your hands using a light touch.
  3. Don't be tempted to overmix.
  4. If you do, it becomes too dense.
  5. When charcoal grilling, add 1/2 cup water to the beef mixture to keep it from drying out.
  6. For pan frying, don't use a nonstick pan- it won't brown as well, and heat some oil in the pan before adding burgers to keep the burgers from sticking and to help sear and form a nice brown, crispy exterior.
  7. Either method will take about 10- 12 minutes of cooking time, depending on thickness of patty, temperature of heat source and your preference (we like ours medium cooked).
  8. Note: when pan-frying don't be tempted to press down and squeeze all the juice out, just turn them more often (turn only once on the grill).
Most Helpful

I have been making burgers this way for years. I experimented recently and added Worcestershire. It caused the burgers to burn before cooking so I recommend following the recipe ingredients exactly and not using the sauce!

Smilynn January 08, 2003

Simple and very moist, tasty burgers. Just what we wanted! Thanks!

Honeydo September 23, 2002

Very accurate, very good recipe. If you are looking for a simple, American hamburger that tastes great, you've found your recipe. I cooked mine on a grill pan, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. My burgers came out very tasty and I liked the addition of the dried onion flakes. I added a bit of onion powder and garlic powder as well. Will make these again. Just what I was looking for - thanks!

HeatherFeather August 27, 2002