How to make a great Classic Grilled Burger

How to make a great Classic Grilled Burger

I have been on a quest lately.

A quest to make a fantastic, juicy, flavorful grilled burger. Nothing fancy or gourmet…just a great tasting classic burger. So, I set myself to work…looking up information online, checking out books in the library, asking around. I even found myself reading a book called “Tips for Great Grilling” I found at  Home Depot while my husband was buying sprinkler parts. It was a quest, after all.

In between gathering information from various spots…I made a lot of burgers. Tried a lot of different kinds of buns…experimented with seasoning and spices. I am happy to report, that this recipe and cooking method I have to share with you today turns out a burger meeting all of my requirements.

How to grill a great burger from Jamie Cooks It Up!

Loaded with layers of flavor, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and absolutely fabulous. No bells and whistles needed. This is a classic burger at it’s best. Can’t wait to make them again. 🙂

Now, let me show you how to make it happen!

How to grill a great burger Jamie Cooks It Up!

Classic Grilled Burger

Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 burgers
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and The Pioneer Woman

2 pounds ground beef (80/20 is best)
2 tsp seasoned salt (I like Lawrys)
2 Tb + 1 tsp A1 steak seasoning
1 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 Tb half and half
2 Tb water
6 slices sharp cheddar cheese

6 ciabatta rolls
3 Tb butter, softened

Green leaf lettuce
Red Onion

1. Choose ground beef that is 80% lean 20% fat. I have tried to make grilled burgers with less fat and baby, it’s just doesn’t cut it. Burgers need the fat to remain juicy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Save the lean burger for meatloaf, taco salad or these simple Philly Sandwiches.


2. Season the ground beef! Place the meat in a large bowl and add 2 teaspoon seasoned salt, 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon A.1. sauce, 1 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 2 tablespoons half and half and 2 tablespoon water. These magical ingredients are going to make your burger sing. Truly.


3. Get your hands right in the bowl and mix it all together, making sure the seasonings get equally distributed.


4. Divide the meat into 6 equal portions.


Spread the meat out flat, making them about 3/4 inch thick…


and about 1/4 inch larger than your bun. The burger will cook down in size.
Refrigerate the hamburger patties until you are ready to grill.


5. Stoke up your grill and allow it to preheat to 350 degrees.


6. Spray the grill with a bit of cooking spray. Now, be carefull here. The flames will waft up a bit.
7. Carefully lay the hamburger patties out onto the grill.


8. Grill the burgers over medium high heat for about 5-6 minutes on one side, or until most of the outside isn’t pink any longer. Flip it over and cook it for about 2-3 minutes on the other side. Don’t be tempted to over cook here. The burger will keep cooking for a few minutes after you take them off the grill.


9. While the burgers cook on the grill, grab some nice rolls, or hamburger buns. I love these ciabatta rolls. They slightly chewy texture is fabulous.


Spread a bit of softened butter over the inside of each roll.

9. When the burgers are cooked through to your liking (I like mine with just the slightest bit of pink on the inside), remove the burgers from direct heat and place a nice slice of cheese over each one. When the cheese has melted, remove the burgers from the grill and on to a clean plate. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.


10. Toss the rolls or buns onto the grill with the butter side down. When they have toasted nicely for you remove them from the heat.



11. Spread some mayonnaise on the toasted side of the bun…


and load it down with a few of your favorite toppings. Tomato, red onion, lettuce, bacon and avocado are some of my favorites.

How to grill a great burger from Jamie Cooks It Up!!

Flavorful, juicy…delightful!

Hope you enjoy these, guys! Wish I were eating one right this very minute.

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  1. 1
    June 11, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Jamie, these look just fabulous!! I am really considering making these very soon…hmmm..yum!


  2. 2
    Rebecca D
    June 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Mmm….I love BBQ hambugers. Like you I have been experimenting with seasonings and sauces in my burgers, it adds so much flavor. I like adding BBQ sauce or steak sauce and Montreal Steak seasoning, but I have never thought of adding half and half. What does does it add to the flavor?

    • 3
      June 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      The half and half adds just a touch of richness to the mix. Hope you try it! Best of luck!

  3. 4
    Lynn B.
    June 12, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Jamie, will be trying your recipe next time I make burgers. Don’t know if yours shrunk up any at all, but putting your thumb indent into the middle of the patty before you put it on the grill somehow allows for no shrinkage of the burger!

    • 5
      June 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for this great tip! Will give it a try next time. 🙂

  4. 6
    June 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

    You forgot the pickles! lol I’ve always done something similar to this, but this looks like a big improvement. I think I’ll try this on Sunday if I can wait that long!

  5. 7
    Cara Jones
    June 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Where did you find your buns/rolls? I live in your neck of the woods so I’d have access to the same markets.

    • 8
      June 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

      I have seen them at Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart. Sometimes they have them at Smiths, but they don’t stock them there regularly. Best of luck to you! Hope they turn out great!

  6. 9
    June 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Hi there,
    I don’t often post comments but I just wanted to let you know that these are in the top 3 best burgers we’ve ever had! Even my kids thought they tasted better than restaurant burgers. Thanks for your time and effort to put them together!
    Also, we used kaiser rolls and pretzel buns…awesome.

  7. 10
    July 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Hands down the BEST burger recipe I have found!
    SO much better than a pre smashed and right up there with the best diner burger!

  8. 11
    August 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Just had your burger!!!! Omg so delicious ! I long for a good burger that tastes as good as the pictures and description…. This one exceeds my wishes !

  9. 12
    February 9, 2015 at 10:28 am

    These were really good! I probably will use less A-1 sauce next time but very flavorful! Thank you for sharing.

  10. 13
    July 1, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I would like to appreciate the mode of content over here for the users. Your recipe makes me compelled to try at least once. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipes on your post.

  11. 14
    March 25, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Made this tonight. Added my own spices (hamburger seasoning & Lawry’s). The taste was good.

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