Basic Grilled Burgers With Topping Suggestions

basic burgers with chips
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
327 Calories
16g Fat
2g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 327
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 152mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 40g
Calcium 27mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These burgers are quick and easy to prepare and cook on the grill. Worcestershire sauce and a little brown sugar give the burgers some great flavor. Try these burgers with this tasty Remoulade Sauce or Chipotle Mayonnaise. Also, try grilling up these garlic burger patties.

Fat content of 15% to 20% and proper cooking will give you the juiciest, most flavorful burgers. Toppings and condiments are also important, and you'll find a number of suggestions below the instructions. 

See Also: Food Safety: Internal Temperature for Burgers


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 80% to 85% lean
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the grill.

  2. Combine all ingredients until well blended.

  3. Shape the mixture into 4 or 5 patties. With your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each burger.

  4. Grill the hamburgers for about 5 minutes on each side, or until done.

  5. If desired, top burgers with thinly sliced cheese about 1 minute before they're done.

  6. Serve in toasted split buns with your favorite toppings and sauces or spreads.

Topping Suggestions

  • Crisp Cooked Bacon

  • Tomato Slices and Lettuce

  • Pepper Jack Cheese, Swiss, Cheddar, American, Blue Cheese, or Muenster

  • Jalapeno Pepper Rings

  • Sliced Onions

  • Fried Onion Rings

  • Caramelized Onions

  • Roasted Bell Peppers or Poblanos

Expert Tips

  • Higher fat means juicier burgers, but it also means shrinkage. Make your burgers about 1/2-inch larger than the bun in diameter to adjust for shrinkage.

  • For burgers of perfectly uniform size, weigh them or use an ice cream scoop to measure each burger.

  • If the meat is sticking, moisten your hands with water as you shape the burgers.

  • Add finely grated onion, chopped bacon, or cheese to the burger mixture.

  • To freeze, arrange the patties on a baking sheet and freeze. When the burgers are solid, place them in a container, separated by sheets of wax paper.