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Grill Burgers

IDEAL GRILLING TEMPERATURE FOR BEEF BURGERS

You want the grill at a medium-high heat, approx 400 to 450F for direct heat. Similar burger recipes suggest grilling burgers using a two-zone method. I personally feel that grilling these patties quickly over direct heat will get the job done – and they will be delicious!

These burgers won’t take too long to grill – approx 5-7 minutes per side. Grilling times vary depending on the thickness of your burgers and your preferred doneness. Having a solid meat thermometer will help you know when your burgers are done.

 

BURGER INTERNAL TEMPERATURE

  • Med Rare – 135 degrees F
  • Medium – 145 degrees F
  • Med Well – 155 degrees F
  • Well Done – 165 degrees F

 

BURGER TOPPINGS TO USE

As-is, this burger recipe is flavorful and juicy. These burgers are naturally whole30, low-carb and clean making them perfect any night of the week.

This basic ground beef burger is simple for a reason – I want it to be your go-to base recipe for any beef burger so that you can top it however you like it!

 

 

TOPPING IDEAS

  • Keto: top with cheese + mayo, tomatoes, onions and pickles and wrap with lettuce.
  • Whole30: Use a compliant mayo or burger sauce with fresh arugula, mustard, tomatoes, etc.
  • Mushroom Swiss: top with swiss cheese and mushrooms, and sandwich between a sesame seed bun.
  • Bacon BBQ: BBQ sauce with cheddar or monterrey jack cheese on a brioche bun.

 

SIDES TO MAKE WITH BURGERS

  • whole30 classic potato salad
  • strawberry spring salad
  • caprese pesto pasta salad
 
 

PERFECTLY GRILLED BEEF BURGERS

 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef burger recipe, best grilled burgers, easy grilled burgers, keto beef burgers
 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
 
 
  • 2 pounds ground beef - a blend of 80/20 or 85/15 suggested
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced onions - can also use onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • optional toppings: cheese, buns, lettuce, tomato, mayo, burger sauce, mustard, etc.
 

INSTRUCTIONS

TO MAKE ON THE GRILL (CHARCOAL OR PROPANE)

  • Prepare your grill for direct heat and preheat to medium-high (approximately 400F). While the grill preheats, gently blend ground beef and dried spices into a large mixing bowl.
  • Gently form each patty into a loose ball weighing approx 1/3LB, press each patty down to a ¾-inch thickness, by about 4 ½-inches wide.
  • Create a dimple indent in the center of each patty, about ½-inch deep. If the patties feel warm after handling, chill the meat before grilling so it holds its shape better. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes, if needed.
  • Clean the grates and grease with oil to prevent the burgers from sticking.
  • Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 4 minutes. Flip patties. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4-5 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to determine doneness. Top with cheese, if using, and remove from heat.
  • To serve, add any toppings you like and dig in.

IF USING A SAUTE PAN OR GRIDDLE (PREFERABLY CAST IRON):

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of neutral cooking oil in the pan or griddle over medium-high heat until hot. Cook the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 4 minutes. Flip patties. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4-5 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to determine doneness. Top with cheese, if using, and remove from heat.
  • To serve, add any toppings you like and dig in.

 

NOTES

New to charcoal grilling? Here's a great guide to help you.
 
nutrition info is for burger patties only and does not include any condiments, toppings or buns/wraps you may use.

 

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