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Best Homemade Hamburgers

Nothing smells more like summer than when the barbecue is going. The aroma reminds one of sun, fun, friends, family and maybe even a summer drink or two! ;)

But how much better does it get than making your own homemade hamburgers from scratch to cook on the barbecue rather than buying pre-packaged hamburgers from the store?

We are here to share a secret hamburger recipe with you. This is going to become the topic of conversation around the fire this summer, and everyone is going to ask where did you find this homemade hamburger recipe?

Homemade hamburgers are an American staple and are King of the grill. And we know the most mouth-watering, easy homemade hamburger recipe for making the absolute best homemade hamburger patties.

Why have flavorless burgers from the store when you can have savory, juicy burgers that completely melt in your mouth with every flavorful bite, made from scratch?

These homemade hamburgers are ready to bring your barbecue game to top-notch and will impress all of your summer guests.

The Best Homemade Hamburgers Recipe

Hamburger Patty Recipe

Making homemade hamburger patties from scratch is something that is very easy and simple to do, and is always so appreciated by the ones who (luckily) get to eat them.

The difference when eating homemade hamburgers is phenomenal, and you can even make these homemade hamburger patties ahead of time.

Here is a simple recipe for making easy, juicy homemade hamburgers.

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The BEST Homemade Hamburger Ingredients:

  • 1lb of beef
  • 1/2 lb of pork (this makes the homemade hamburgers juicy)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of sweet onion (yellow or purple will do)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • Half of a package of dry onion soup mix (we use this soup mix from Amazon)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
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Watch How To Make The BEST Homemade Hamburgers Video Tutorial

Watch our homemade hamburger video tutorial below on our YouTube channel. It will give you an idea of the perfect consistency you are going for with your hamburger patties and also what size of homemade hamburger patty you will be making.

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Directions To Make The BEST Homemade Hamburgers:

1. Mince onion for homemade hamburgers. You can also add in diy caramelized onions for extra flavor.

2. Finely mince garlic, put both into a bowl.

3. Mix together by hand with the pork and beef until homemade hamburger meat is well-blended.

Easy Hamburger Patty Recipe
4. Add homemade hamburger spices: garlic powder, onion powder, onion soup mix, and salt and pepper (Just add by feel, maybe 1/4 tsp each if you are looking for a measurement) and ketchup.

5. Mix homemade hamburger meat mixture by hand until blended.

Best Hamburger Patty Recipe

6. This step is optional: To infuse the flavors of your homemade hamburger meat, put some saran wrap or tinfoil over the bowl and put into the fridge for anywhere between 3-6 hours.

You could additionally add some extra hamburger spices, and a super popular one is Emeril's BAM Burger spice, which you can find on Amazon right here for a super great price. It's awesome to have on hand.

7. Take homemade hamburger meat out of the fridge and mix in the egg with the meat using your hands and blend thoroughly. It should be quite a wet mixture by now.

8. Add breadcrumbs to homemade hamburger mixture, about 3 tbsp. at a time and blend each time by hand until hamburger meat no longer feels wet.

You want to feel confident that the homemade hamburger meat will hold the shape of a homemade hamburger patty at this point.

TIP: If you don't have breadcrumbs on hand, you can use crackers in your hamburger patties, just take about 10-20 crackers (soda crackers are great for doing this), place them in a ziplock bag and roll them with a rolling pin to crush and add to hamburger mixture.

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9. Form the hamburger meat into hamburger patties.

Make the homemade hamburger patties large and flat in the middle. That way they will not plump up in the middle of the patty.

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10. Grill homemade hamburger patties on a hot barbecue until the internal temperature reaches 160F and then put cheese on the top for 3 minutes before taking hamburgers off the grill.

Depending on your barbecue and how hot you like to have it, it takes about 20-25 mins to cook these homemade hamburger patties, but you can be sure by checking with a meat thermometer.

There are a few things in this recipe that make these homemade hamburger patties both juicy and full of flavor:

  • Adding pork to homemade hamburger patties makes for a juicy homemade hamburger
  • adding that combination of spices from our homemade hamburger recipe and letting them infuse into the meat over hours in the fridge makes a very flavorful hamburger
  • Adding the egg will keep your meat bonded together while cooking and the breadcrumbs hold it together while it is raw. Both ingredients add to the fantastic texture of this homemade hamburger

How To Make Homemade Hamburgers Juicy

  1. Choose the Right Meat: Start with a blend of ground beef that has a higher fat content. An 80/20 or 85/15 lean-to-fat ratio is ideal for juicy burgers. The fat adds flavor and moisture to the patties during cooking.

  2. Handle the Meat Gently: Overhandling the meat can result in dense, dry burgers. Mix any seasonings or ingredients into the ground beef gently. Form the patties with a light touch, and avoid compacting the meat too much. Overworking the meat can lead to a tougher texture.

  3. Create an Indentation: Before cooking, make a small indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb. This helps the patty cook more evenly by preventing it from puffing up in the middle. As the burger cooks, the indentation will fill in, keeping the surface level.

  4. Season Well: Seasoning is crucial for flavor, but it also contributes to juiciness. Use a combination of salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. You can add finely chopped onions, garlic, or even a splash of Worcestershire sauce for added flavor.

  5. Cook with Care: Pay attention to the cooking process. Overcooking is a common reason for dry burgers. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your burgers reach a safe internal temperature (160°F or 71°C for ground beef). Cook the burgers over medium-high heat, flipping them only once. Avoid pressing the burgers with the spatula, as this squeezes out the juices.

Bonus Tip: Rest the Patties: Allow the cooked patties to rest for a few minutes before serving. This gives the juices inside the meat a chance to redistribute, resulting in a juicier burger when you bite into it.

Want a great, easy side dish to go with these homemade hamburgers?

Our famous homemade coleslaw recipe is SUPER easy to make and goes really well with homemade hamburgers.

We get asked for this recipe often:

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How To Make The Best Homemade Hamburgers

Have a tasty day!

Next, try our popular caramelized hamburger recipe, then for dessert, check out our tasty Meringue recipe.

11 Responses

pradeep sharma
pradeep sharma

February 01, 2024



February 01, 2024

I use very similar minus pork, bread crumbs. I also add worchestchire sauce & liquid smoke. I prefer purple onions and let mix sit in refer for several hours so everything blends wonderfully. Of course my Parttys are quit big.

Michelle Kamenca
Michelle Kamenca

August 14, 2023

What fat content do you recommend for the ground beef

DIY Craft Club Admin
DIY Craft Club Admin

November 14, 2022

Hi Julie, you can try any onion soup mix and see how they turn out. Here is the one we use from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3O9i3RZ but we will update the article and include the link in the ingredient list for you as well. Happy cooking, would love to hear how they turn out with your soup mix!


November 14, 2022

What if I can’t get dried onion soup mix, can I use continental French onion soup instead?.

DIY Craft Club Admin
DIY Craft Club Admin

September 11, 2022

Hi Debbie, amazing! You are going to love this hamburger recipe :D Let us know how they turn out!


September 11, 2022

I pretty much use this recipe for meatloaf and almost the same for meatballs!!! I’ll have to try with hamburgers as I’m searching for the perfect hamburger recipe! Thanks!

DIY Craft Club Admin
DIY Craft Club Admin

December 09, 2021

Hi there Sue! This hamburger recipe can be make on the grill, in the oven or on the stove in a frying pan. No need to adjust the recipe, but if you are making on a pan on the stove, be sure to have enough oil so the meat doesn’t stick. If you are trying to flip the burger and it is sticking, that means it is either not ready on that side or doesn’t have enough oil. The recipe can absolutely stay the same :)


December 09, 2021

If I make them on the stove, are there any adjustments to the recipe?
Thank you!

DIY Craft Club Admin
DIY Craft Club Admin

August 06, 2021

Hi Carole,
Yes, these homemade hamburgers can absolutely be frozen. When making your hamburger patties, separate them with a piece of wax paper between each patty and store them in a sealed bag into the freezer. This is a great way to make a make-ahead of time meal! We hope you love this recipe as much as we do :D

Carole Ypma
Carole Ypma

August 06, 2021

Can these delicious hamburgers be frozen?

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