The Best Juicy Burger | Making the Juiciest Burgers EVER at Home!

LAST UPDATED: Feb 19, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jan 29, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Learn all about how to make the juiciest burgers ever! You’ll find tips for creating a deliciously juicy burger at home, well seasoned and cooked perfectly every time.

White plate with a juicy burger, complete with lettuce, onions and cheese.

We are big fans of burger nights in this house, and with good reason. Who doesn’t love a juicy burger on the grill, oven, or on the stove top? 

If you love burgers as much as my family, you’ve got to check out this fun burger bar set-up, juicy sliders, along with my best tips for making burgers in the oven.

Are we burger experts? Maybe not quite yet, but we’re definitely getting close! The love runs deep, and they will always be a favorite around here.

Today I’m giving you all my best research and tips for creating the juiciest burgers ever. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! 

White plate with a juicy burger, complete with lettuce, onions and cheese.

Juicy Burger Recipe

You know I like to keep things simple. You can dig around all over the internet and find recipes for juicy burgers that include things like evaporated milk, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, butter and so much more! 

I’m sure those things all work beautifully for creating a delicious burger. However, I just don’t think it’s necessary to work that hard in this situation – burgers are meant to be simple and delicious. 

Close up of a juicy homemade beef burger, complete with lettuce, onions and cheese.

This recipe is beyond simple. Here’s what you’ll need! 

  • Ground Chuck – 80/20 is ideal. Yes, it’s a high fat content, but you don’t eat burgers every day! 
  • Egg Yolk – This helps add just a touch of extra moisture to your burgers and makes the patties easier to form.
  • Olive Oil – This is the ultimate key to trapping a little extra moisture into your burgers! You’ll be amazed at how this creates the best juicy finish.
  • Minced Garlic – Garlic adds a deliciously fragrant flavor to your meat mixture. It also blends beautifully with any other seasonings you might like to add. 
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper – adds the perfect flavorful finish. Of course you can also add a crack of sea salt, but I don’t like to over-salt my burgers. *You’ll read more about this later on in this post. Also, keep in mind that most of the condiments that Americans like to add to burgers can also add a ton of salty flavors. No need to overdo it!
  • Butter – a pat of butter in your pan if you’re making these on the stove top is a delicious addition and helps brown the burger quickly, creating the perfect crust at high heat.

White plate with a juicy burger, complete with lettuce, onions and cheese.

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there! 

White plate with a juicy burger, complete with lettuce, onions and cheese.

How do you make burgers juicy? The Best Tips!

Creating a juicy burger at home is so much easier than people think. Here’s a few of my favorite tips! 

  • The less you handle the beef, the better. Stirring and mushing the beef as you mix will cause the proteins to break down, which makes your burgers less juicy and tender.
  • Don’t add salt to your beef mixture until you make them into patties. Salt dissolves water and protein out of beef which makes them cling to each other, eliminating that tender texture. You can get the flavor while maintaining tenderness by adding the sea salt to formed patties just before baking. *As noted, I didn’t add any salt to this burger recipe at all, with this in mind! 
  • Loosely shape your patties! No need to tightly form them. Let the beef breathe a little and you’ll thank me later! 
  • Add a thumbprint to your patties. Pressing a small, shallow cavity into the center of your burger patties helps them sear and cook evenly throughout.
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes to lock juices in before throwing them onto the stove top pan or grill. 
  • Heat your pan to high heat. This sears the exterior of the burger and creates a little crust, locking the juices inside! 
  • You can add a little more oil to the pan, but it’s not necessary. The fat content from the ground chuck should prevent them from sticking.
  • Cover your burgers with a lid once you’ve added them to the pan. This not only prevents grease from flying, it helps seal in the juices.
  • Don’t push down with your spatula. It’s so tempting, but don’t do it! Lock those juices in! 

The BIGGEST takeaway? The less you touch the burgers, the better! 

A cast iron pan, with a single juicy burger cooking inside.

What is the Best Cut of Meat for Burgers?

In my opinion, chuck steak is the best meat for creating a truly craveable burger. You don’t want it to be greasy and dripping everywhere, but you do want it to hold moisture and it needs to right fat content to do that. 

80-85% is generally the best bet for your ground chuck for burgers. You can certainly go leaner to save yourself some calories, but it’s easier to accidentally dry out a leaner burger, regardless of cooking method.

A cast iron pan, with a single juicy burger cooking inside.

 

What do you Season burgers with?

For this juicy burger recipe I wanted to keep things really simple, seasoning-wise. This allows a lot of flexibility for your own burger nights at home. 

We love to mix it up and add a variety of seasonings to keep it fun and interesting. Need a few more ideas? 

  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • Onion powder or Minced onion
  • Fresh minced garlic, garlic salt or garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Fresh or dried herbs – think rosemary, oregano, chives

Looking for topping ideas for your juicy burgers? Don’t miss the best ideas for a burger bar and my All American Burger Guide – it’s chock full of tips for cheeses, toppings and condiments of all kinds! 

A cast iron pan on the stove top, a steaming burger inside, cheese slice on top.

The Best Side Dishes for Burgers

Here’s a few of my reader favorite side dishes that go perfectly with a deliciously juicy burger! 

White plate with a juicy burger, complete with lettuce, onions and cheese.

What do you think? Are you a fan of delicious juicy burgers at home? 

If you make this easy burger recipe, please come back and leave a comment and review. I’d love to hear from you! 

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Juicy Burger Recipe

Julie Blanner
Learn all about how to make the juiciest burgers ever! You’ll find tips for creating a deliciously juicy burger at home, well seasoned and cooked perfectly every time.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 361 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef 80/20
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • fresh ground pepper {or to taste}
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Create four burger patties, creating a thumb print in the center.
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • Add your butter to your pan, setting the heat to high.
  • Add burger patties into pan, searing on the first side for four minutes before turning.
  • for medium rare burgers, sear on the opposite side for approximately 3 minutes. Medium should take an extra minute or so.
  • Add cheese during the last 30 seconds of cooking to create the perfect melt!

Notes

  • The less you handle the beef, the better. Stirring and mushing the beef as you mix will cause the proteins to break down, which makes your burgers less juicy and tender.
  • Don’t add salt to your beef mixture until you make them into patties. Salt dissolves water and protein out of beef which makes them cling to each other, eliminating that tender texture. You can get the flavor while maintaining tenderness by adding the sea salt to formed patties just before baking. *As noted, I didn’t add any salt to this burger recipe at all, with this in mind! 
  • Loosely shape your patties! No need to tightly form them. Let the beef breathe a little and you’ll thank me later! 
  • Add a thumbprint to your patties. Pressing a small, shallow cavity into the center of your burger patties helps them sear and cook evenly throughout.
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes to lock juices in before throwing them onto the stove top pan or grill. 
  • Heat your pan to high heat. This sears the exterior of the burger and creates a little crust, locking the juices inside! 
  • You can add a little more oil to the pan, but it’s not necessary. The fat content from the ground chuck should prevent them from sticking.
  • Cover your burgers with a lid once you’ve added them to the pan. This not only prevents grease from flying, it helps seal in the juices.
  • Don’t push down with your spatula. It’s so tempting, but don’t do it! Lock those juices in! 
  • Add Cheese for the last thirty seconds to melt.
  • Toast your bun for an extra special, delicious touch! 

Nutrition

Calories:361kcalCarbohydrates:1gProtein:20gFat:30gSaturated Fat:11gCholesterol:137mgSodium:103mgPotassium:306mgSugar:1gVitamin A:152IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:29mgIron:2mg
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