Indoor-Grilled Burger

Indoor Grilled Burger recipe

The Spruce / Ali Redmond

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
611 Calories
32g Fat
19g Carbs
59g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 611
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 226mg 75%
Sodium 864mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 59g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 294mg 23%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 961mg 20%
*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.)

Many people think that the best burger is cooked outside on the grill. But this burger recipe, made on a countertop grill or grill pan on the stove, proves them wrong. With some simple additions and techniques, you can have a great burger that is grilled indoors.

Part of its flavor comes from adding a few key ingredients to the ground beef, such as an egg. Also critical to this burger's success? Lightly toasting the bun in the pan you used to cook the burgers, to soak up all the delicious juices.

If you opt to use leaner meats like lean ground beef, bison, or turkey, adding eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses will make your burgers juicier and more flavorful. Using a grill pan or countertop grill allows you to mimic the char you get on an outdoor grill, which adds to the grilled flavor.

Another trick is dimpling the burger before you grill it. The patty will contract as it cooks and this keeps it flatter without a hump in the middle.

As with any burger, it's up to you how rare or well done you want your meat. Although there are risks of bacteria when meat is too rare, sometimes with this recipe leaving a little pink in the middle makes it extra tasty. For the well-done crowd, leave your burger on the grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes to give it that extra sear that mimics an outdoor-grilled burger.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, bison, or turkey

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices cheese, optional

  • 4 hamburger buns, brioche or tender white hamburger buns; split

  • Ketchup, mustard, pickles, sliced tomatoes, onions, and lettuce, optional serving suggestions

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Indoor-Grilled Burger ingredients

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  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, egg, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

    ground meat, egg, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl

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  3. Divide the mixture into four pieces (if desired, use a kitchen scale to make sure each weighs about 6 ounces).

    balls of burger meat

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  4. Form each piece into a ball, then press lightly with your thumb in the center of each to make a doughnut-shaped patty.

    burger patties with well in the middle

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  5. Heat a countertop grill or grill pan to medium-high heat (around 375 F). Grill the burgers until they are cooked through, about 6 minutes each side. The safe cooking temperature to reach for ground beef, turkey and bison is 160 F.

    burger patties cooking on a grill pan

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  6. If desired, top the burgers with cheese. Melt the cheese by either covering the grill pan briefly with a lid or transferring the burgers to a sheet pan and placing them under the broiler for a few minutes. Keep warm.

    burger patties with cheese on a grill pan

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  7. Place the buns cut-side down on the surface of the hot grill, pressing lightly to let buns soak up any juices. Toast the buns lightly until golden.

    toasting buns on a grill pan

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  8. Serve the burgers on the buns with your choice of condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, pickles, sliced tomatoes, onions, or lettuce. Enjoy.

    Indoor-Grilled Burgers on a plate

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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.


  • If your meat is frozen, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
  • If you have any leftover burgers, wrap them and store them in the refrigerator. Use them within three to four days.