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!
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.
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!