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A Classic Grilled Hamburger Recipe

Cooking on the grill is a great way to unwind after a long week and settle into a relaxed state of mind! Cooking hamburgers on the grill is an easy and delicious meal option whether you are cooking for two or feeding a crowd.

We have some tips and tricks for making a classic grilled hamburger including which hamburger meat to choose, favorite recipes, best ingredients, seasonings and sauces and step-by-step grilling directions.


Grilling Basics for Hamburgers


Are you more slow-and-steady or the quicker the better? Here are a few basic grilling tips for grilling hamburgers.

1. If you selected slow and steady, a charcoal grill is a great fit for you. It takes a little longer, but people that cook over a charcoal grill swear by the flavor. For quick and easy, a gas grill is the way to go because it works with the flip of a switch.

2. What type of ground beef? To keep it basic, we recommend ground chuck.

3. What to use for seasoning the meat? We love to use these hamburger seasoning packs from Crown National! Shake the seasoning mix over the ground meat prior to making the patties.

4. For a well-done burger, cook it 3 minutes on one side and 7 to 8 minutes on the other. If you are cooking on a charcoal grill, make sure to keep an eye on your burgers because they have a tendency to burn a little quicker.


Our Favorite Grilled Hamburger Recipe


Our favorite grilled hamburger recipe is one with only a few ingredients. We prefer quality over quantity. You will get a quality hamburger by first making sure you use fresh ground chuck. Yes, we know it is a lot easier to buy the premade frozen patties but if you go this route, you are sacrificing the flavor and quality.

Next, we recommend a minimum number of add-ins to the meat. Stick with something simple like 2 tablespoons of Jimmy’s Burger Sauce.

Pour it over the meat and form into patties that are about one inch in thickness. This will add the perfect balance of flavor without overpowering the flavor of the beef.


Ingredients for Homemade Hamburger Patties


Nobody likes a skimpy, bland hamburger.

If you want to make a thick and scrumptious homemade hamburger patty, we recommend using a recipe with breadcrumbs and eggs. The bread crumb and egg combination help to hold the meat together when you form it into patties because the breadcrumbs adhere to the eggs and ground beef.

To keep your hamburgers from being bland, make sure to use a seasoning salt. We like a good all-purpose seasoning salt like Jimmy’s General Seasoning Salt.

As the patties cook, the egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning salt bind together to create a symphony of delicious flavors.


Seasonings & Sauces for Your Hamburgers


Add sensational flavor to your hamburgers, turkey burgers, bison burgers, and veggie burgers. Jimmy’s burger seasoning is so delicious and tastes like a homemade seasoning mix without the hassle.

Looking for something to dip your burger in to add a little extra flavor? Jimmy’s Burger Sauce is ideal for dipping your hamburger into. It makes a great dip for fries and tater tots, too!


Directions for Grilling Your Hamburgers


How about some hot hints and tips for grilling hamburgers? Coming right up!

To keep your hamburger patty nice and tender and to keep it from falling apart on the grill, keep your ground beef chilled until the night before you make your burgers, and then chill your patties until you put them on the grill.

When you form the patties, avoid overworking the meat as it will result in a tough burger. Form the patty into a ball and then make a small indentation in the center of the patty with your thumb. This keeps the patty from rising more in the center than on the sides.

Don’t season your burger until just before you place it on the grill. We like to use a good all-purpose hamburger seasoning salt like Jimmy's General Seasoning Salt. If you put it on too early, the salt will draw out the moisture and will make a tougher burger.

Happy grilling (and happy eating)!

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