When grilling is out of the question and you don't want to splatter your cooktop too much (the burgers are initially seared on the stovetop), try this recipe for oven-baked burgers. A little Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper kick up the flavor quotient and helps keep them juicy.
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- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 2 teaspoons steak sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 6 hamburger buns (split and lightly toasted)
- Optional: 6 slices American cheese
- Optional: 2 tomatoes (sliced)
- Optional: 6 leaves lettuce
- Optional: 18 dill pickle slices
Heat the oven to 400 F.
In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Blend thoroughly.
Shape the meat mixture into 6 equal patties.
Heat a heavy, oven-safe skillet or grill pan over high heat on the stovetop. Sear the patties for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, just enough to brown.
Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until the burgers reach a food-safe internal temperature of at least 160 F.
Serve the burgers on split toasted buns with optional cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickle slices, and the condiments of your choice.
Lower-Fat Oven-Baked Hamburgers
You can skip the step of searing the burgers on the stovetop and having them bake in their own fat in the oven by following these steps:
Heat the oven to 400 F and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Place a wire rack over the foil-lined sheet pan so it is 3/4-inch above the surface of the pan.
Lightly coat the wire rack with cooking spray.
Arrange the patties 1-inch apart on the rack.
Bake until they reach an internal temperature of 160 F for beef and 165 F for poultry.
- You also can make these burgers with ground turkey or chicken thighs, but keep in mind, the safe minimum internal temperature for ground poultry is 165 F.
- Instead of hamburger buns, try English muffins, focaccia, rye bread, sourdough bread, ciabatta, pita, or your favorite base to build a spectacular burger.
- Add Mexican flair by spicing the burgers up with 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning or a Cajun or Creole blend and reducing the salt to 1/2 teaspoon.
- Instead of American cheese, use pepper jack, mozzarella cheese, or blue cheese.
- Instead of adding cheese after the burger has finished cooking, when they are 2 degrees shy of 160 F, place the cheese on top and return them to the oven for 1 minute for it to melt.