Hamburgers may seem like an incredibly simple thing to make, and they are. However, even though a great burger requires only a few ingredients, I think it’s all about having just the right ratio of just the right ingredients.  Burgers may not seem particularly blog-worthy, but I consider this recipe a staple that everyone needs to have.  After we bought our first home a couple of years ago we started grilling and quickly learned that we really weren’t that great at it.  After several rounds of charred hockey puck burgers, and then burgers that were cooked well but without great flavor, I found this recipe.  While our grilling skills have improved vastly in all areas, I now know that we can make really delicious burgers.  The recipe is simple and uses classic ingredients for the seasoning.  Some might think it is silly to use a recipe for something as basic as burgers, but I like it because it ensures that we have great results every time.  And remember, for a truly fabulous burger experience, don’t forget to use homemade buns!


  • 1 lb. ground sirloin
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 or 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices cheddar or Swiss cheese (optional)
  • 4 perfect burger buns, split
  • Sliced tomato for serving
  • Sliced onion, for serving
  • Torn lettuce for serving
  • Sliced dill pickle for serving
  • Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard or other condiments of your choice for serving


  • 01

    Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, yellow onion, garlic, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the mixture into 4 patties, each about ¾-inch thick with an indentation in the center.

  • 02

    Grill the hamburgers directly over medium-high heat, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Check for doneness by cutting into a hamburger near the center or testing with an instant-read thermometer. For a well done burger, no pink should show on the inside, and the internal temperature should register at least 160°F on an instant-read thermometer. If making cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on top of each hamburger during the last 3 minutes of cooking.

  • 03

    During the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, toast the hamburger buns, cut side down, on the grill. Serve the hamburgers on burger buns with toppings and condiments as desired.

  • This looks so good! The picture perfect hamburger! We’ve retired our grill for the season, but I may need to whip these up on the grill pan. Yum! And great picture.

  • I love trying different recipes for burgers. And it’s definitely not too late to grill here since it was 80 degrees today!

  • I love this recipe, I need to make it again before it gets cold!

  • I completely agree with you about having great recipes for basic foods. I want to have perfect results every time, which can only happen if I know exactly what I did each time.

  • I agree, it’s just as important to have those simple go-to recipes as it is to learn how to make the fancy-schmancy dishes! Those burgers look awesome!

  • Megan

    Off topic, but just wanted to let you know I just found your blog and it’s one of my new favorites. I tried the black bean patties last night and they were GREAT! Next time I think I’ll try mincing a jalapeno or two up with them.

  • Hi Annie,

    You’re right! It is nice to find a basic but tasty recipe you can do right every time. I have a few burger recipes myself and I know it can be difficult to reproduce the same thing time and again. Great Job!

  • i agree that it’s good to have recipes for even the basics! your burger looks great!

  • I’m always down to try the perfect burger! This recipe does sound petty darn good. :-) Can’t wait to try it for myself.

  • Hamburgers are always blog worthy!! If hamburgers weren’t blog worthy, vegetarians wouldn’t have made so many veggie burger recipes. Lovely picture by the way.

  • Audrey O’Neil

    Burger looks great…my question however is where did you get the buns? They look great and are such a big part of a burger!

  • Annie

    I made them! This is my favorite burger bun recipe.

  • Gessica

    Annie, I found using such a lean cut of meat made my burgers dry….I cooked them on med-high heat….is there a trick to it?

  • Annie

    Hi Gessica,
    We make these all the time and have never had a problem with them being dry. There is no special trick to it. I personally can’t use any meat less lean than ground sirloin, the greasiness makes me feel ill. Maybe you just overcooked them?

  • So glad I found this! I’m doing a Burger Love list this summer (posting a new burger each week) but I wanted a basic patty to start with. My husband and I really like adding onion to our ground sirloin as well.

    Also, I have added several of your recipes to my Pinterest page…so glad I found your blog!

  • Natalie

    LOVED these!

  • Joanna Boswell

    Gotta say I found your blog through a friend the other day and planned my whole week of meals already! I can’t wait to try these burgers tonight! I will write again with my (I’m sure) glowing remarks!

  • Joanna Boswell

    Yup, best burgers I have ever made! The family was very happy :) Thanks!

  • Sarah

    I have tried tons of different hamburger recipes in the last few years trying to settle on one that always comes out juicy and flavorful, and this one really delivers.

  • Monica

    This is my favorite hamburger recipe! I have been using it from your site for over a year now but just wanted to let you know how much I love it :) We even make it for turkey burgers.

  • Kristin

    These burgers are amazingly delicious. They are so moist and the flavor is just perfect.

  • Kristin

    I just have to say again how wonderful these burgers are. They are delicious alone but also a perfect base for a multitude of toppings. So good.

  • Flora

    Can you also cook these in a skillet if preparing in the kitchen?

  • Flora

    Can you also cook these in a skillet if preparing in the kitchen?

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  • Jocelyn

    Yes, I’m commenting 4 years after the original post. But, I dig it. I’ve spent years trying to find “the perfect hamburger” in Boston. I don’t think it exists. I love this recipe, because it makes me happy, it’s better than a restaurant burger, and it saves me mucho dinero. Thank You!!!

  • Alice C.

    These were amazing Annie! I got rave reviews, as always with any recipe from your blog!

  • Omg my sister and I made these today and homemade burgers. AMAZING! Hands down best burger I’ve ever had, the bread is so lovely and moist and really the perfect burger bun :) we have so muc left over meat so thinking of making more bad fr it tomorrow!

  • Cara

    Gorgeous photo Annie! Cant wait to try these :)

  • Melissa Brooker

    I can’t believe I’ve never commented on this before, but since we are having these tonight i thought to pop in and say these have been our go to burger for several years! absolutely perfect!