Easy Broiled Hamburgers (Meat or Pareve)

Kosher burger with chips

The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
255 Calories
13g Fat
3g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 255
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 414mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 29g
Calcium 35mg 3%
*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.)

Giora Shimoni relates that he "foolishly thought ktzizot" —the fried turkey patties he grew up eating in Israel—"were hamburgers. And then I went to America and met the real thing." It must have been love at first bite because he jokes that "when my American girlfriend's parents served these hamburgers, the thought of proposing first crossed my mind." No wonder the recipe is now a family favorite. 

Serve on burger buns with your favorite fixings (think ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado). Offer oven-baked sweet potato fries or dijon potato salad and this crunchy, colorful rainbow slaw on the side. 

Updated by Miri Rotkovitz


  • 2 pounds ground beef, or 2 (10-ounce) packages vegetarian ground beef substitute
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder or 1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. If using ground beef, preheat the broiler to high and line a broiler pan with foil. If using a vegetarian ground beef substitute, preheat the oven to 425 F, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef or vegetarian beef substitute, eggs, bread crumbs, ketchup, mustard, onion powder (or chopped onion), salt, and pepper. Mix well. 

  3. With clean hands, shape the mixture into 10 patties, transferring each to the prepared broiler pan or baking sheet as you work. 

  4. Broil or bake in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Serve immediately on burger buns with your favorite toppings. 

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.


  • Don't need 10 burgers? The recipe is easily halved if you aren't feeding a crowd.

Recipe Variations

  • Shimoni's recipe uses ground beef, but it also works well with a vegetarian ground beef substitute (sometimes called "beef-less ground" or "veggie ground"). Note that many vegetarian meat replacements contain onions and other seasonings, so you may not need to add the onion powder. And there's often a lot of sodium in veggie "meats," so you may want to reduce or skip the salt.
  • Shimoni uses onion powder in his recipe, but you can use fresh, finely chopped onion instead—try about 1/2 of a small onion to start.