BBQ Burgers

  • By KJ

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.

A bbq burger on a bun with bbq sauce, pickles and coleslaw.

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. 

A bbq burger on a bun with bbq sauce, pickles and coleslaw.

Why KJ Loves

BBQ Burgers

BBQ Burgers

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!

Ground beef, seasonings and bbq sauce in a bowl.

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 mixture mixed together.

BBQ Burger Ingredients

Ground beef or ground chuck

For juicy burgers, choose 80/20 fat content. 

Bbq sauce

Choose your favorite bbq sauce here. This is a great place to turn up the heat if you like spicy bbq burgers.

Seasoned salt

Worcestershire sauce

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

Grilled burgers topped with cheddar cheese slices.

Recipe

1

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat

2

In a large bowl, gently combine the ground beef, bbq sauce, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Be careful not to overmix. 

3

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. 

 

4

Grill your burgers on each side until they reach your desired doneness. 

5

Add the cheddar cheese slices during the last 30 seconds. This allows the cheese time to melt. 🧀 😋

6

Serve the bbq burgers on your favorite hamburger bun with additional bbq sauce, pickles, and coleslaw as toppings.

7

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:

A bbq burger on a bun with bbq sauce, pickles and coleslaw.

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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A bbq burger on a bun with bbq sauce, pickles and coleslaw.

BBQ Burgers


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

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. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 cheddar cheese slices
  • Hamburger buns for serving

Topping ideas:

  • BBQ sauce
  • Coleslaw
  • Picles
  • French fried onions
  • Potato chips
  • Pickled jalapeños

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bbq sauce, seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce and gently combine. Be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Evenly divide and form into 8 hamburger patties, gently making a divet in the center of the burger so it cooks at the same rate as the edges. 
  4. Grill for 5-8 minutes on each side or until desired doneness is achieved .
  5. Add the cheddar cheese slices during the last 30 seconds of cooking to alow time to melt.
  6. Serve on your favorite hamburger bun with additional bbq sauce, pickles and coleslaw as toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use your favorite bbq sauce for this recipe! You can easily amp up the heat with a spicy bbq sauce.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 469
  • Sugar: 7.3g
  • Sodium: 840mg
  • Fat: 18.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 45.5g

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