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The Best Skillet Burger Recipe (Easy Stovetop Hamburgers)

Get ready to sink your teeth into the best, juicy skillet burger! This easy-to-follow recipe is packed with flavor and sure to satisfy any craving.

Cast iron skillet with a cooked hamburger patty.

We are huge fans of homemade burgers around here! They are a staple meal that keeps the whole family satisfied.

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Cooking a juicy burger in a cast iron skillet is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a tasty burger!

Today I am sharing my favorite recipe for homemade hamburgers, whether we are eating at a campsite or around the dining table. Add your favorite toppings and a side of french fries or chips for restaurant-style burgers at home.

These homemade burgers don’t require any fancy equipment and only use a few simple ingredients. The best burgers take only 3-4 minutes to cook per side on the stove top over medium heat.

Cooked burger topped with melted orange cheese on a metal spatula with a cast iron skillet in the background.

Skillet Burger Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Lean ground beef
  • White onion, finely diced
  • Eggs – we love farm fresh if you can get them.
  • Bread crumbs – we use Panko but any will do.
  • Homemade hamburger seasoning
  • Worcestershire sauce – say that three times fast!
  • Olive oil for coating the skillet.
Cooked burger topped with melted orange cheese on a metal spatula with a cast iron skillet in the background.

Instructions

1. Gather all of the ingredients.

2. In a large bowl, combine lean beef and eggs.

3. Add onion, breadcrumbs, and seasoning.

Raw ground hamburger, spices and egg in a large glass bowl.

4. Mix until well combined.

Ground hamburger meat mixed with spices in a large clear glass bowl.

5. Use a kitchen scale to weigh out 5 oz balls from the meat mixture.

6. Form the balls into patties by hand or use a pattie press.

Three raw hamburger patties on a sheet of parchment paper.

7. Layer patties between wax paper and store in the fridge, covered, until ready to use.

8. Over medium-high heat, coat the skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil .

Three raw hamburger patties in a cast  iron skillet with steam rising.

9. Place patties in the skillet and cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway, until the internal temperatures reach 160 degrees F.

Close up of cooked burger on a cast iron skillet with melted orange cheese on top.

A burger is made even more amazing with a variety of delicious toppings! My favorite are mushrooms and swiss cheese but here are a few more options.

Burger Topping Ideas

  • American cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Bacon
  • Caramelized onions
  • Red onion
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
Cooked burger topped with melted orange cheese on a metal spatula with a cast iron skillet in the background.

Tips and Tricks

  • Try adding a pound of ground pork to the ground beef.
  • Regular ground beef can be used in this recipe, however the fat content will obviously be higher than the lean ground beef I use.
  • Homemade barbecue sauce can be substituted for worcestershire sauce.
  • Panko breadcrumbs are our favorite binding agent, but crushed crackers may be used instead.
  • Add additional onion powder, garlic powder, seasoning salt, black pepper, or kosher salt to taste.
  • Toast the hamburger buns before assembling your burgers. Spread a little butter on both the top and bottom bun. Place them face down on a hot skillet and allow them to toast for a few minutes.
Skillet Burgers with a clear lid covering the skillet.
  • Turn this easy recipe into sliders by making smaller burgers if you wish or squash the patties in the cast-iron skillet to make easy smash burgers.
  • Depending on the size of your burger patties, the cooking time will vary. Always use a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the burger patty to check the internal temperature.
  • Store any leftover burgers in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Store uncooked burger patties in a single layer or between sheets of parchment paper. Check out this how to freeze hamburger patties post for more.

Be sure to check out this BBQ burger recipe or these amazing smoked burgers as well.

Cooked burger topped with melted orange cheese on a metal spatula with a cast iron skillet in the background.

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Skillet Hamburger Recipe

Skillet Burger Recipe

Get ready to sink your teeth into the best, juicy skillet burger! This easy-to-follow recipe is packed with flavor and sure to satisfy any craving.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 12 servings
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Ingredients

  • 4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup white onion finely diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp hamburger seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Gather all of the ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, combine lean beef and eggs.
  • Add onion, breadcrumbs, and seasoning.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Use a kitchen scale to weigh out 5 oz balls from the meat mixture.
  • Form the balls into patties by hand or use a pattie press.
  • Layer patties between wax paper and store in the fridge, covered, until ready to use
  • Over medium-high heat, coat the skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil .
  • Place patties in the skillet and cook for 7-9 minutes

Notes

  • No kitchen scale? Balls of the beef mixture should be about tennis sized before pressing into patties.  Or divide the mixture into 12-14 equal sized balls.
  • Try adding a pound of ground pork to the ground beef.
  • Regular ground beef can be used in this recipe, however the fat content will obviously be higher than the lean ground beef I use.
  • Homemade barbecue sauce can be substituted for Worcestershire sauce.
  • Panko breadcrumbs are our favorite binding agent, but crushed crackers may be used instead.
  • Add additional onion powder, garlic powder, seasoning salt, black pepper, or kosher salt to taste.
  • Toast the hamburger buns before assembling your burgers. Spread a little butter on both the top and bottom bun. Place them face down on a hot skillet and allow them to toast for a few minutes.
  • Turn this easy recipe into sliders by making smaller burgers if you wish or squash the patties in the cast-iron skillet to make easy smash burgers.
  • Depending on the size of your burger patties, the cooking time will vary. Always use a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the burger patty to check the internal temperature.
  • Store any leftover burgers in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Store uncooked burger patties in a single layer or between sheets of parchment paper. Check out this how to freeze hamburger patties post for more.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servings | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 5mg
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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I don’t have a scale to weigh the 5oz. balls. If I use 2 pounds of hamburger meat about how many hamburgers will that make? I’m trying this dinner tonight😊. Thank you so much for this recipe. My husband’s going to love it!