If you love a good burger, then you’ll love making your own homemade hamburger seasoning. This is the BEST burger seasoning – when combined with my favorite burger patties, you can’t go wrong.

With this quick and easy recipe, you use the freshest ingredients to get the most mouthwatering blend of flavors!

You know I love to mix my own seasoning blends. It’s so easy to do, and there’s just nothing like homemade seasonings!

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If you know, you know! Creating your own seasoning blends allows you to make fresh, flavorful, and all-around delicious meals for your family.

They can be adjusted to suit personal tastes and it’s fun to experiment with new and exciting flavors. I’ve got the perfect hamburger seasoning blend for you!

Whether you’re making burgers on the grill, burgers on the stove, classic American burger or gourmet burger this seasoning will take your burger patties over the top!

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We love a good burger night in our house! See all my favorite ideas for What to Serve with Burgers here, and learn Why You Should Toast Hamburger Buns!

Why You’ll Love this Hamburger Seasoning

  • Quick and Easy to Make
  • Customize to Your Tastes
  • No Unknown Fillers or Ingredients
  • Great to Have on Hand
  • Perfect Blend of Flavors
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Burger Seasoning Ingredients and Substitutions

Paprika – Adds its characteristic mild, sweet flavor.

Cayenne pepper – Just a little to turn up the heat.

Garlic powder – The powder works best, but you can substitute with 2 tsp dried garlic flakes or 1 tsp garlic salt. If you use garlic salt, omit any extra salt from the recipe.

Onion powder – You can substitute with dried onion flakes, and even use a blender, mortar and pestle, or rolling pin to recreate the texture of the powder.

Salt – Use thick flakes of fresh ground sea salt preferred for the best flavor.

Black pepper – Thick flakes of fresh ground black pepper preferred.

Brown sugar (packed) – Adds the right amount of sweetness. 

A small glass bowl of burger seasoning, with an uncooked burger patty to the side

Variations

  • Use smoked paprika for a mild, smoky flavor.
  • Add up to 1 tsp mustard powder.
  • If you’d like, eliminate the salt. There is some evidence (and disagreements among chefs) about the concept of salt drying burgers as they cook. That’s for you to decide!

How to Make Hamburger Seasoning in Just One Easy Step

  1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix ingredients together. It’s that simple!

Watch the video where Julie will walk you through each step of this easy recipe. You will find a collection of recipe videos right here on our website with corresponding recipes.

Tips

  • Adjust flavors to your taste. If you want more heat, add a pinch or two more cayenne. If you want more sweetness, add more brown sugar.
  • Fill small, lidded glass jars. Make sure to add a label with the contents and the date. It makes a great gift for neighbors and friends!
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Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Shortcuts

  • Have all of your supplies out and ready to go – ingredients, measuring spoons, mixing bowl. It makes this quick-and-easy recipe go even faster!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make my burgers more flavorful?

Making your own hamburger seasoning is a great way to make your burgers more flavorful. You can use the freshest ingredients and adjust the flavor to your liking. 

Should I season ground beef for burgers?

You should definitely season your burgers to make them flavorful. When you put burgers on the grill, season the side left facing up. Then when you flip them over, season the other side. Use homemade hamburger seasoning for the very best flavor!

A small glass bowl of burger seasoning, with an uncooked burger patty to the side

Make Ahead

  1. This recipe is great for making ahead of time! Use a small funnel to transfer into a small jar with a lid.
  2. Label and date.

How to Store

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. There is nothing in the recipe that will “go bad,” but it will taste its freshest if you use it within three months.

Find the glass jar with gold lid pictured in these photos here.

Serving Suggestions

What to Do with Leftovers

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
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Hamburger Seasoning

With this quick and easy burger seasoning recipe, you use the freshest ingredients to get the most mouthwatering blend of flavors!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt thick flakes of fresh ground sea salt preferred
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper thick flakes of fresh ground black pepper preferred
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar packed

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, thoroughly mix ingredients together.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. 

Julie’s Tips

Tips

  • Adjust flavors to your taste. If you want more heat, add a pinch or two more cayenne. If you want more sweetness, add more brown sugar.
  • Fill small, lidded glass jars. Make sure to add a label with the contents and the date. It makes a great gift for neighbors and friends!
Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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