This juicy, flavorful BBQ Burger Recipe is perfect for when you want a quick meal that everyone is guaranteed to love.
Picture this: a well-seasoned burger with sweet, tangy bbq sauce, covered in melted cheddar cheese, nestled between lightly grilled burger buns.
Top your creation with pickle slices, coleslaw, french-fried onions, or (if you’re brave!) a bunch of jalapeños.
These grilled bbq burgers are perfect on sizzling summer days when you don’t want to heat your house. Or really any day.
So fire up the grill and get ready to sink your teeth into a messy, delicious burger.
Why KJ Loves
I love how this recipe easily adds SO much flavor and such a fun spin on the classic burger! Pickles and bbq sauce are must!
What’s the best meat for bbq burgers?
If you want to make the best, juiciest burgers (and who doesn’t?), the key lies in choosing a beef with enough fat. (If you want lean and super juicy burgers, you’re out of luck.)
That’s why it’s important to go for 80/20 beef. Whether you opt for 80/20 ground beef or 80/20 ground chuck, both options deliver mouthwatering results.
Ground chuck is derived from the shoulder area and offers a rich, beefy flavor for incredibly flavorful burgers. On the other hand, ground beef is a combination of different cuts, offering a slightly milder taste.
BBQ Burger Ingredients
Ground beef or ground chuck
For juicy burgers, choose 80/20 fat content.
Choose your favorite bbq sauce here. This is a great place to turn up the heat if you like spicy bbq burgers.
Worcestershire sauce adds a rich, savory twist to the burger. It’s a small tweak with a big impact. If you’re going for a gluten-free bbq burger, make sure you get a gluten-free version of this sauce.
Cheddar cheese slices
Or, choose another type of cheese, like pepper jack or gouda!
Burger Topping Ideas
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat
In a large bowl, gently combine the ground beef, bbq sauce, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Be careful not to overmix.
Form the mixture into 8 even hamburger patties. Gently make a wide divet in the center of the burger so it cooks at the same rate as the edges.
Grill your burgers on each side until they reach your desired doneness.
Add the cheddar cheese slices during the last 30 seconds. This allows the cheese time to melt. 🧀 😋
Serve the bbq burgers on your favorite hamburger bun with additional bbq sauce, pickles, and coleslaw as toppings.
Clean the dishes. How sad.
How Long Do You Cook Burgers?
The cooking time will vary based on how hot your grill is and how thick your burger patties are.
As a general rule, you’ll want to grill your burgers for 5-8 minutes per side or until they reach your desired doneness. Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure you cook it to your idea of a “done” burger.
While 160 degrees is recommended for safe beef consumption, some people prefer their burgers less done. Always use high-quality, fresh beef when grilling rarer burgers.
Internal Temperature Levels
Medium-rare: 125 to 130 degrees
Medium: 135 to 140 degrees
Medium-well: 145 to 160 degrees
Well done: 160 degrees and up
Keeping It Juicy
Don’t overmix your burgers.
If you overwork your beef mixture, you’ll get crumbly, dry burgers.
Don’t press down with a spatula.
Resist the urge! Pressing down on the burger squeezes the juices out (yikes!).
Do chill them slightly.
Colder ground beef will keep the fat inside the burger (where you want it!).
Do preheat the grill first.
A nice sear will help keep the juices in the burger from the get-go.
Serving Grilled BBQ Burgers
The lovely thing about serving BBQ burgers for dinner is that you can make the sides as complex or easy as you want.
On the super easy end, simply add some chips, sliced veggies, and a summery fruit (watermelon, anyone?). Voila: a complete meal.
If you want to put more effort into your sides, here are some ideas:
Making Burgers Ahead of Time
Mix up the bbq burger pattie ingredients and form each burger. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they do not touch each other.
For easy storage, wrap the baking sheet tightly with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. The patties can be stored for up to 24 hours before cooking.
When you’re ready to grill the bbq burgers, transfer them directly from the refrigerator onto your preheated grill.
BBQ Burger FAQ
Can you freeze the bbq burgers?
Yes, you can freeze BBQ burgers. Place the raw patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them until firm. Once frozen, transfer the burger patties into a freezer bag or airtight container, placing parchment paper in between each patty. They can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the burgers in the refrigerator overnight before cooking them on the grill.
Can you make these burgers in the oven?
Yes, you can make these juicy BBQ burgers in an oven! To do so, preheat your oven to 375°F and place the burger patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook the burgers until they reach the doneness you want, using an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. Butter your hamburger buns and throw them in for the last few minutes to enjoy a delicious oven-baked BBQ burger experience.
Can you make these burgers on the stovetop?
These bbq burgers are great on the stovetop — especially on a cast iron skillet. Heat your skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers for 5-8 minutes per side or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
How can you tell when your burgers are done?
Use an instant-read thermometer to determine whether your burgers are done. Check out our temperature listing above for different levels of doneness.
Should I pre-heat my grill?
Yes, you should preheat the grill before cooking your bbq burgers. A hot grill makes a big difference. It will ensure you get a good sear, which keeps the juices inside the burger.
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