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Homemade Hamburger Recipe

This homemade hamburger recipe features a deliciously seasoned, perfectly cooked burger topped with  onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. It’s a classic burger with a tasty twist that everyone is going to love. Grill it in the summer or make it in the skillet during the winter. You can enjoy it all year round! 

If you’re a fan of burgers, then get ready to fall in love. I have one of the best homemade burger recipes you’ll ever have on display here today. It’s my family’s favorite burger. I’ve been making this burger for years, and it’s always been a huge hit with everyone I’ve made it for. As a blogger, I get so focused on sharing holiday recipes that I often overlook some of my favorite and most basic recipes. So today, we’re talking burgers. The best homemade hamburger recipe that’s sure to be a staple in your house like it is in mine.

Homemade Hamburger Recipe

This delicious burger starts with ground beef that’s perfectly seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika then grilled or pan-fried to perfection. Then, I top it with a zesty garlic aioli sauce (recipe below) that’s loaded with the bite of garlic, the tang of lemon, and the cool creaminess of mayo. Finally, it’s finished off with Swiss cheese and classic burger toppings like onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. It’s the perfect lunch or dinner that’s easily made any time of year. 


Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s an easy burger recipe that uses simple ingredients. 
  • The garlic aioli sauce is zippy and flavorful. 
  • You can make it any time of year using the grill or a skillet. 
  • Everyone loves burgers! 


This recipe only uses simple ingredients that you’ll find easily at your local grocery store. I’m listing the ingredients that really make this recipe pop below. But, you’ll find the complete list of ingredients along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post. 

For the Burger

  • Ground beef
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Egg
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika, here is the smoked paprika I used. Also, sweet paprika is delicious too.

For the Garlic Aioli

  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil

Suggested Toppings

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cheese of choice, I used Swiss
  • Sliced Sweet Onion 









  1. Combine all the burger ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined and form into 4 patties. 
  2. Grill or pan-fry the burgers until cooked through. Add a slice of cheese toward the end of cooking to melt the cheese.
  3. Combine the garlic aioli ingredients and mix thoroughly. 
  4. Place a burger on the bottom bun of a hamburger bun, and to with garlic aioli sauce followed by the lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Enjoy! 

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use ground turkey or chicken in place of beef. Even ground veggie crumbles will work with the seasonings.
  • Try using a half-and-half mixture of ground beef and ground pork.
  • Toasting your bun on the grill or in the skillet before serving is a nice change once in a while.
  • You can use minced garlic from a jar if you don’t have fresh garlic to mince. 


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife, just got this knife and love it. This is an all purpose knife that’s new favorite for cutting up veggies, meat and fruit. 
  • Cutting board 
  • Mixing bowl My favorite Pyrex mixing bowl that I use for everything from mixing cake and brownie batter to mixing ground beef for burgers and meatloaf.
  • Whisk
  • Grill or Skillet This is the one I use often with the stay-cool handle when on the stove top (not in the oven) Come with a the cover.


Refrigerator: Store the cooked burgers on their in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The aioli will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Freezer: For longer storage, freeze the burgers on their own in an air-tight, freezer-safe container. 

Reheat: The easiest way to reheat these burgers is to cover and microwave them at 1-minute intervals until heated through. 

What to Serve with Burgers

This recipe kicks up the classic burger with a zesty sauce. As a classic burger recipe, it’s delicious with all your favorite classic sides like: 


  • To ensure your burger is cooked perfectly, use a meat thermometer. When it registers 165 degrees, your burger is done! 
  • Want to keep your burger from shrinking too much? Here’s a great recipe hack, add a divot in the center of the burger with the palm of your hand after it’s been shaped. 
  • Place the cheese on the burger just before it’s finished cooking. This allows the cheese to melt just enough. 


How do you know when hamburgers are done? 

The only real way to know your hamburgers are done is to measure their temp with a meat thermometer. At 165 degrees, your burgers are perfectly cooked. 

How do you keep hamburgers from sticking to the grill?

Be sure your grill grates are clean and oil them with an oil that has a high smoking point. 

How do you keep hamburgers from sticking to the pan? 

Use some cooking spray or a bit of oil or butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Only use enough to make a barrier between the meat and the pan’s surface. 

How do you keep hamburgers from falling apart? 

Usually, the binding ingredients will do that for you, but chilling the meat is also a big help. 


I hope you love this easy and oh so delicious homemade hamburger recipe as much as my family and friends do. 


Homemade Hamburger Recipe

This homemade hamburger recipe features a deliciously seasoned, perfectly cooked burger topped with  onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. It’s a classic burger with a tasty twist that everyone is going to love. Grill it in the summer or make it in the skillet during the winter. You can enjoy it all year round! 

Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword burger, cheeseburger, hamburger, hamburgers, homemade hamburger, homemade hamburger recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Pam


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, I used plain
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt, I like sea or kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika, regular or smoked is really delish in this recipe
  • 1 tbsp milk or water

Aioli Sauce

  • 1 cup mayo, regular or light both work, not fat free
  • 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt, I like sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Start by making the garlic aioli: In a small bowl, combine the ingredients until it is a smooth consistency. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to come out.

    Heat a skillet on medium heat and then begin preparing the meat. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, seasonings, and milk. You can wear gloves and use your hands to mix or a spoon.

    Once combined, press it together and make a large ball. Then slice into 4 quarters and shape each one into a 4-5” diameter patty (or slightly larger than the buns, as they will shrink a bit).

    Place patties on the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side. (I didn’t want to overcrowd my pan so I cooked two at a time.)

    As the patties cook, wash and prep your vegetables. Slice the tomato and onions.

    Check the patties and flip it if it has been 5 minutes. During the last minute, add the cheese slices on top.

    Once everything is cooked, assemble your garlic aioli burgers.

    Serve as is or with a side of fries or chips. Enjoy!



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