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Burgers in the Oven (How to Broil Hamburgers)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 520kcal
Learn how to broil hamburgers for a juicy, delicious burger. Cooking hamburgers in the oven is an easy and quick way to make them any time of year, without a grill. Add cheese, your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
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  • 1 pound ground chuck (or your favorite burger blend)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 4 burger buns lightly buttered and toasted
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Condiments of your choice


  • Heat oven to broil and set the oven rack to the upper-middle position.
  • Line a grill or sheet pan with foil.
  • Divide the meat into 4 (4 ouncportions. Very gently, and without overworking the meat, form each portion into 4 loose balls. Place one ball on a dessert plate or other flat surface and gently press it down to make a disc about ½-¾ inch thick (your personal choice). Now gently turn the disc around while slightly pressing an indentation around the edge (kind of like a moat right inside the burger’s edge). This will keep the burger from developing a mound in the middle and your burger will remain flat while cooking. Place the burger on the prepared pan and repeat the process with the remaining portions of beef.
  • Season both sides of each burger generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and place the burgers in the oven.
  • Broil 4 minutes or until the top has browned and beginning to char.
  • Flip the burgers over and broil until the center reads 155°F internally, about 3-4 minutes longer.
  • Top each burger with a slice of your favorite cheese, if desired, and cook just until the cheese melts.
  • Transfer the burgers to a cooling rack and tent with foil to allow time for the internal temperature to reach 160°F.
  • Serve the burgers on toasted buns and top with the condiments of your choice.
  • Enjoy!



NOTE: Some readers have noted that placing the burgers too close to the broiler can lead to a grease fire. I recommend setting the oven rack at least 2 notches down from the heating element to prevent this!


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 3.9mg