Best Burger Recipes (How to Make Burgers at Home)

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Burgers are one of those foods that EVERYONE should know how to make. I’ve gathered some of the BEST burger recipes and burger ideas, along with helpful information to help teach you how to make burgers perfectly. Whether you prefer beef, chicken or turkey burgers (or even veggie burgers), you’ll love these homemade burger recipes!

burgers cooking guide

Best Burger Recipes

Everyone should learn how to make burgers! They’re perfect for parties and BBQs, summer grilling, or even simple dinners at home with the family. I’ve collected the BEST burger recipes to give you some delicious ideas.

These homemade burgers will absolutely blow you away. Whether you prefer a classic burger, chicken burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, or super unique burger-inspired dishes, you’ll find something (or many things) here to add to your menu.

I’m also answering a few questions you might be wondering when it comes to cooking burgers:

  • What’s the best way to cook burgers?
  • How long to cook burgers?
  • What is the ideal burger temperature?

All of that info and so much more. I’ve also collected the best side dishes for burgers (fries, chips, coleslaw, yum!) so you know exactly what to make with them. Enjoy!

close up on cheeseburger topped with onions and tomato

burgers and fries

Helpful Tools

These are the main things you’ll need in your kitchen before cooking these burger recipes. You don’t need much!

Ingredients List

Add these ingredients to your grocery shopping list.

  • Ground Beef (or chicken or turkey)
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Condiments
  • Burger Seasoning

burgers and fries

How to Make Burgers 

Want to make the BEST burgers? Here’s some information and tips to help you learn how to make burgers that are absolutely amazing every single time!

What’s the best way to cook burgers?

The best way to cook burgers depends on a few things. Can you cook outside on the grill, or do you need to cook in the kitchen? What equipment do you have available? What is your usual cooking method?

When it comes to making homemade burgers, there are three main ways to do it: grill burgers, bake or broil burgers in the oven, or cook burgers on the stove.

I have a how-to recipe for each method:

Burger Temperature Chart

What temperature should you cook your burgers? Follow this quick chart.

MEDIUM RARE: 130-135°F


MEDIUM WELL: 150-155°F

WELL DONE: 160-165°F

*NOTE: The USDA recommends that hamburgers be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure all bacteria is killed. If you choose to cook medium/rare, be sure you’re using the freshest beef or even making your own ground beef!

If you want a printable chart to keep on hand in your kitchen, check out our Internal Meat Temperature Chart.

uncooked ground beef burger patties on a baking sheet

How long to cook burgers?

This depends on how you like them cooked and which cooking method you choose. Do you want them medium-rare, medium, well-done? Are you grilling, broiling, or cooking on the stove?

Here’s a quick guideline on how long to cook burgers if you’re grilling or making them on the stove:

MEDIUM RARE (Red in the Middle): 6 minutes total (3 minutes on each side)

MEDIUM (Pink in the Middle): 7-8 minutes total

MEDIUM-WELL (Smidge of Pink in the Middle): 9 minutes total

WELL DONE (No Pink): 10 minutes total

What are the best burger toppings?

Changing up the toppings on your burger is the easiest way to create something new and different. How you cook a burger is important, but what you put on it is just as important!

Here are some classic burger topping ideas, plus some more fun ideas:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (classic cheddar or spice it up with pepper jack)
  • Onions
  • Mayo, Ketchup, or Mustard
  • Pineapple
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Burger Sauce
  • Jalapenos

a hand holding up a turkey burger

mini cheeseburger sliders

Best Burger Recipes to Make at Home

Whether you’re looking for more traditional burger ideas, chicken burgers, turkey burgers, or even veggie burgers, we’ve got all the best burger recipes right here! I’ve also included a few burger-inspired dishes (like my cheeseburger dip!), and some easy side dishes for burgers too.

Fun Burger Inspired Recipes

I LOVE classic burger flavors (especially when there’s cheese involved), but sometimes an actual burger isn’t quite right for the occasion. Here are some of the best burger-inspired recipe ideas.

Homemade Sauces

Don’t forget these easy homemade sauces to make your burgers even more delicious!

Side Dishes for Burgers

Whether you’re preparing a quick dinner for the family, a weekend lunch, or a big BBQ for guests, you need some easy side dishes for burgers. Here are my favorite side dish options (or see all of our best BBQ sides).

See? Learning how to make burgers at home is simple. You can bookmark this guide and come back to it again all summer long; better yet, you can make some of these burgers all year long!

These are by far the best burger recipes, all the favorites I go back to over and over again. Let me know which recipes you tried!


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