Easy Homemade Burgers

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These are our go-to, most perfect easy homemade burgers! It’s extremely simple, it’s quick, and it gets dinner ready in no-time. It’s also the most perfect recipe to make for a crowd – because who doesn’t love burgers?Looking for more summer recipes? Be sure to check out our Old Bay Brown Butter Buffalo Grilled Wings, and Tomato and Melon Gazpacho. Serve with Herb Parmesan Fries with Lemon Garlic Aioli.

Easy Homemade Burgers

How do I make homemade burgers?

It’s a simple salt and pepper mix on the patties and then placed on buttered buns with a paprika burger sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and pickled red onions. These are half pressed, but sometimes I’ll go all the way in and make a smash burger with these same ingredients and method.

Easy Homemade Burgers

Ingredients you need for this burger recipe

For the Paprika Burger sauce: A simple mix of mayo, ketchup, pickle juice, pickles, sugar, vinegar and paprika.

Hamburgers: 80/20 ground beef, kosher salt and black pepper, that’s it!

For the burgers: Buns, American Cheese (if you want to make cheeseburgers), tomato, lettuce (like iceberg lettuce, or butter lettuce), and pickled red onions.

Additional toppings: Crispy bacon, avocado, jalapeños, thinly sliced red onion, or white onion.

Easy Homemade Burgers

Steps to make these easy homemade burgers

Begin by making your burger sauce. In a bowl, mix together mayo, ketchup, pickle juice, diced pickles, sugar, vinegar, paprika and salt and pepper. Set aside.

Divide your ground beef into 4 equal portions and shape them each in a ball and then a patty. Make a small dent with your thumb half way through the middle of the patty – this will help with even cooking and keeping your patties flat.

Tip: Season on both sides with salt and pepper. You can alternatively just season one side, then when you put them on the grill, put them on the grill seasoned side down, and season the other side on the pan itself.

In the meantime, slice, butter and toast your buns, set aside.

Heat a cast-iron griddle or skillet until very hot and then drizzle on a little bit of vegetable oil.

Working in batches, place your patties on the skillet. Place a spatula on top of the patty to push down a tad to get an even char and flatten it out a tad. If you want to make this a smash burger, don’t form patties and place your sectioned ball on the skillet and smash it down as thin as you can with the spatula, 1-2 minutes until golden brown and then flip! When it’s crispy on the bottom (about 3-4 minutes), flip, and place a slice of cheese on the top of each patty. Cook until the cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes.

Serve your patties on your buttered buns with your burger sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pickled red onions. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Homemade Burgers

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Easy Homemade Burgers

These are our go-to, most perfect easy homemade burgers! It’s extremely simple, it’s quick, and it gets dinner ready in no-time.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For The Paprika Burger Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon pickle juice, sweet or bread and butter
  • 2 breed and butter pickles, finely diced
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika, (use smoked if you want)
  • salt and pepper to taste

For Your Salt and Pepper Burgers

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 slice American cheese per burger
  • 4 buns of your choice, we're using brioche here
  • 1/2 tablespoon softened butter for each bun
  • 1 beef steak or heirloom tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 slices green leaf lettuce per burger
  • salt and peepper to taste
  • pickled red onions on top, (optional)

Instructions 

  • Begin by making your burger sauce. In a bowl, mix together mayo, ketchup, pickle juice, diced pickles, sugar, vinegar, paprika and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Divide your ground beef into 4 equal portions and shape them each in a ball and then a patty. Make a small dent with your thumb half way through the middle of the patty – this will help with even cooking and keeping your patties flat.
  • Tip: Season on both sides with salt and pepper. You can alternatively just season one side, then when you put them on the grill, put them on the grill seasoned side down, and season the other side on the pan itself.
  • In the meantime, slice, butter and toast your buns, set aside.
  • Heat a cast-iron griddle or skillet until very hot and then drizzle on a little bit of vegetable oil.
  • Working in batches, place your patties on the skillet. Place a spatula on top of the patty to push down a tad to get an even char and flatten it out a tad. If you want to make this a smash burger, don't form patties and place your sectioned ball on the skillet and smash it down as thin as you can with the spatula, 1-2 minutes until golden brown and then flip! When it’s crispy on the bottom (about 3-4 minutes), flip, and place a slice of cheese on the top of each patty. Cook until the cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve your patties on your buttered buns with your burger sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pickled red onions. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 408mg, Potassium: 357mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 157IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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