When Brendan and I moved in together, most things went pretty simply. We had no trouble deciding who would park in the garage, which pictures we would hang, whose bed we would keep and whose pots we would use. There was one exception- our burger presses.
We each thought that we had the better burger press and so in order to determine which one to keep, we had to have a showdown of sorts. We made these barbecued burgers and used his to make 2 burgers and mine to make 2 burgers. Then we cooked and tried them each and decided which was the better burger. I regret to inform you that mine lost...
But barbecued burgers are still one of my favorite meals, especially in the summertime and this is my go-to recipe for making them. The ingredients are super simple so that you can customize the burgers with all sorts of toppings, but they are delicious enough to eat all on their own.
- Regular ground beef- I highly recommend using regular ground beef (rather than lean) because I find it produces the juiciest burgers. And since we are barbecuing them, I find that a lot of the grease cooks out, so they don’t seem greasy to eat. That said, you can substitute lean ground beef in the recipe if you prefer.
- Steak spice- Just 1 teaspoon of steak spice gives the burgers nice flavour without being overpowering. If you have any dietary restrictions, make sure to check the ingredients of the steak spice that you are using. And if you don't have steak spice on hand, use ¼ teaspoon each of sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
- Combine the beef with the spices.
- Shape into burgers.
You can prepare the burger patties and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 day ahead of cooking. Or you can freeze the uncooked patties for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw to room temperature in the refrigerator before proceeding with cooking.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months.
Barbecued Burger Variations
- Cheeseburgers- Use tongs to place slices of cheese on the burgers in the last 2 minutes of cooking to allow it to melt.
- Sliders- Divide meat into 8 equal portions instead of 4 and flatten to ¼-½ inch thickness. Cook time will be reduced slightly, likely around 5-8 minutes.
How to Serve Barbecued Burgers
- Enjoy these burgers on their own or alongside some Crispy Oven Baked Fries, Cajun Corn or a Mediterranean Salad. And be sure to load them up with all of your favorite burger fixings! Some suggestions:
If you have dietary restrictions, be sure to check any packaging of specific ingredients that you use are compliant. As written, this recipe is naturally:
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
- Nut Free
And if you liked this recipe...
...you might also like:
- 1 lb regular ground beef
- 1 teaspoon Steak Spice
- toasted buns
- sliced cheese
- sliced tomatoes
- sliced onions
- caramelized onions
- Preheat a grill over medium high heat (around 450-500 F).
- In a large bowl, add the ground beef and seasoning and mix until well combined.
- Divide the mixture into 4 even portions (about 115 g each), roll into a ball and then flatten to about ½ inch thick patties
- Place the patties on the grill and cook for 8-12 minutes, until meat is cooked through to 160 F, flipping halfway through.
- If you want to melt cheese on the burger, place it on the patties in the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.
- Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
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