Juicy Hamburgers

"A most requested recipe for juicy burgers, whether you grill or pan fry them. Dissolving the salt and pepper in ice water distributes the spices evenly throughout the meat just as some sausage makers do when making sausage. Cook time depends on how well done you like your meat."
photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm
photo by Andi Longmeadow Farm
Ready In:


  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 2 -3 crushed ice cubes


  • Dissolve salt and pepper in ice water.
  • Use at least 1/2 teaspoon of salt for each pound of meat you use.
  • Add spiced water to meat, then add crushed ice and work in gently.
  • Form 4 patties and grill or pan fry.

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  1. I saw this recipe and I was very skeptical about making my hamburgers this way. This was the best hamburger I have EVER had!! I added bbq sauce lipton onion soup mix and worchestershire sauce. After I made these I called three family members to tell them all about it. Thank you soooo much for such a wonderful recipe. I will always be using this recipe for my hamburgers.
  2. I was completely skeptical, despite the rave reviews. I don't know why this method works, but it does. Delicious.
  3. These certainly were juicy. I too added a couple drops of liquid smoke but otherwise followed recipe as written. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.
  4. Thank you for sharing! This is the only way I will make burgers on the grill from now on. I had a little A-1 marinade left over, so I added that to the ice water and it was great.
  5. Excellent burgers! I added liquid smoke and steak sauce to the ice water and pan fried them. They were very flavorful and juicy. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.


  1. I didn't have any ice cubes made so i just used a little extra water. I substituted the salt and pepper with about 3/4 tsp of soul seasoning. It's been sitting on my lazy susan unused since I bought it and was the first thing I saw when I opened the cupboard. They were delicious and received fantastic reviews. A friend who, before dinner claimed they weren't hungry and stuffed from a big lunch they had, ate TWO of these burgers. Thank you!


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