The Best Burger Recipe – So Good the Bun Gets in the Way

Don’t get me wrong. I love a bun just as much as the next person.

Hamburger bun that is ;)

BUT, we are an 80/20 household. We eat Paleo 80% of the time. 20% is a free for all. So, when I set out to make a delicious grilled burger (perfect for your 4th of July cookout!) I wanted it to be SO good we wouldn’t be missing the bun.

Or the cheese.

Challenge accepted.

Although, since writing this post I have discovered sweet potato buns! Oh my gosh you must try these. Unbelievably easy to make and DELICIOUS. Ok, that concludes this small update.

My mom taught me a few tips and tricks when it comes to making burgers. And one exceptional secret weapon. Which I include in this recipe.

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

The Best Burger Recipe

First, lets talk about the meat you’re going to buy. Ground chuck is the most common. And it best have some fat! Ground chuck without fat means dry burgers. No thank you.

We tend to buy 80/20 ground chuck. 80% lean meant. 20% fat.

Next, adding flavor to your meat. We keep it pretty simple (compared to what is out there). Can I get a spice line-up please?

spices for the best burger recipe

Introducing:

  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 TBS onion powder

And, of course, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. In a bowl mix these all together and add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to bring it all together.

spice mixture best burger recipe

Add 2 1/2 pounds of ground chuck to a bowl. (This creates 6 patties. If you need less adjust recipe as needed!) Massage the spice mixture into the meat.

Grab a tennis sized ball of the meat. Work into a ball formation. Then flatten it into a patty by compressing it with your thumbs. This might seem like a large patty but remember that it will shrink when it is cooked! Also, make sure you evenly distribute the meat so it will cook evenly.

Once you create your patties. Take a small pinch of meat out of the center of each patty. Yes. Do it! Reserve the pinched meat. Your patties should look like this:

 ground chuck best burger recipe

This may seem crazy. Let me assure you, we are a bit crazy :)

BUT, this is what my mom taught me. To keep the burger moist she adds a pat of butter to the middle of each patty. Just take 1 tablespoon of butter and cut it into fours. Then add each piece to the middle.

ground chuck butter best burger recipe

Add a little piece of the reserved meat back to each patty and press it down to incorporate it back into the patty.

Now to grill! Heat your grill to high. We brush each patty with a little olive oil on each side to ensure it will not stick.

And can I stop to say a big thank you to Beau?! It was pouring the rain when we made these – but that did not phase him (or our little bear).

grilling the best burger

Why yes, I did marry a boy scout!

Ok, put your burgers on the grill. Depending on the size of your patties, grill them (without touching them!!) for 6 minutes on the first side. Flip once. Cook on the other side for an additional 4-5 minutes (without touching).

Your burger should register at 160 degrees F.

Take them off the grill and allow them to rest for 4-5 minutes (this ensures the juices will distribute throughout the meat).

grilled ground chuck for the best burger recipe

Go ahead and prep your veggies! Thanks to the summer season we grabbed up some green tomatoes (welcome to the south!!).

We also love the creaminess of avocados, the peppery bite of arugula, the spicy crunch from red onions and the bold flavor pop from stone ground mustard!

toppings for the best burger recipe

No cheese. I know. We’re keeping it Paleo ;)

And now. It’s time to dress her up and serve her.

This is the best homemade burger recipe! So flavorful and one exceptional secret ingredient! You have to try these!

Enjoy!

best burger recipe for fourth of july

Yields 6

The Best Burger Recipe

15 minsPrep Time

10 minsCook Time

25 minsTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds 80/20 ground chuck
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBS butter

Instructions

  1. Make the spice mixture by mixing the Worcestershire, olive oil, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper together.
  2. Add the spice mixture to the ground chuck. Massage the mixture into the meat.
  3. Create six tennis-sized balls with the meat.
  4. Compress the meat with your thumbs to create patties.
  5. Take a pinch of meat out of the center of each patty. Reserve the meat.
  6. Add a cube of butter to each patty.
  7. Replace the removed meat back to each patty, fully covering the butter.
  8. Grill the patties on high heat. 6 minutes on the first side. 4-5 minutes on the second side.
  9. Let meat rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve with your favorite veggies and condiments.
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  • trying this tonight

    Shelly - ReplyCancel

  • OMG! This delicious recipe was absolutely awesome! The little pad of butter in the middle of the burger made it so juicy and yummy! We used a half pork and half beef meat and it was equally as delicious. Can't wait to make this again in the near future! Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves juicy burgers.

    Shannon LaCorte - ReplyCancel

  • Add a cube of butter to each patty? Sure. But no bread? Hrmm... Not sure how I feel about this whole "paleo diet" ordeal. Then again, with how delicious that looks, I'm sure I can survive without the unnecessary bread. Not sure if I'll try this but it sure looks interesting!

    Vic - ReplyCancel

    • You should give it a try, Vic! If you use butter that comes from the milk of grass-fed cows that are free of growth hormones your body can actually fully digest this butter (unlike bread). I use Kerrygold butter - once you try this you'll never go back!

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • making this today!!

    Lisa Henry - ReplyCancel

  • I don't have access to a grill. Will these work if I make them on a skillet pan?

    Martina - ReplyCancel

    • Hi Martina! Yes, you can cook these in a skillet and they come out just as yummy! Just add some oil to your pan and I usually cook them 4 minutes on each side for medium. Enjoy!

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for this recipe! I have been trying for a long time to get that great grilled burger. I only had 2 lbs of ground beef and made 6 patties and they turned out great. Normally I try to get 4 patties out of 1 pound of beef, I was not on the right track! Very delicious recipe!

    Julie - ReplyCancel

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