How to Make Homemade Hamburgers! My Way.

Burger, burger, burger!  Regular ground beef can sometimes make a lacklustre burger. You can take your homemade hamburgers to the next juicy, char broiled level by just tweaking a few things.

(That’s a DIY Charcuterie board ↑ you can learn how to make. )

There’s a lot of debate over what’s better for you: Homemade hamburgers or frozen.  No there isn’t.  There’s no debate at all.  I just thought it’d be good, as a professional blogger, to open this post with some sort of controversy.  Ya know?  To grab your attention and make it seem like I’d done some investigative work and research.   I didn’t.

WAIT! I did kind of!  I’ve spent a lot of nights eating hamburgers over the course of my life.  I’ve made them every which way possible and I can tell you the best way to make them involves two things.  A few additional ingredients to the actual ground beef (sacrilegious to most I know) and being as gentle as possible with mixing and forming the meat.

Yes, yes, I know. You’re disagreeing.  . You’re  throwing your arms in the air and cursing the day you started reading this post written by this hamburger idiot.

Everyone calm down. Seriously.

So, to make some super-delicious hamburgers you need a little more than just a mess of ground beef.  For starters you can grind your own beef with a blade or cross rib roast.  I show you how to do it, if you’re interested, right here. Although I’m completely insane and even I only rarely grind my own beef.

With a few ingredients you probably already have around the kitchen you can make a great, big, juicy hamburger tonight!   You have imported Asian truffle foam rooted by a one-eyed panda bear, right?  (canned is fine)

Just kidding. 

If you have pasture raised, dry aged beef with beautiful yellow fat in it you don’t need to add anything other than a bit of seasoning to it.

For everyone else buying regular ground beef at the grocery store you can help elevate the flavour of the beef by adding a few things to it.

Read on for the recipe!

How to Make Homemade Hamburgers

1.  Add one egg (yolk only) to 1 lb of the highest fat content ground beef you can find. (fat = flavour)

2. Add finely diced onion.

Finely diced onions in metal measuring cup over bowl with ground beef.


TIP:  Do all your mixing gently.  You want to work the meat as little as possible.

3.  A blast of ketchup.

Heinz ketchup dripping into bowl with ground beef, egg and diced onions.


4. In goes a glob of Dijon mustard.

Dijon mustard in metal tablespoon hovering over green bowl with ground beef and other hamburger ingredients.


5. Squirt in a splash of Worcestershire sauce and gently mix.

Splash of Worcestershire sauce dripping into green bowl with all other hamburger ingredients.



6. Add in 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs (just enough to help with binding) and a generous dose of salt and pepper.

Shaking man shaped salt shaker into green bowl with unmixed hamburger ingredients.


7. Gently form into patties. DON’T squash them.  Gently form them.  Squashing is for bugs, not hamburgers.

Hand formed hamburger patties in between layers of waxed paper on white tile countertop.

Update:  For everyone in apoplectic fits over adding 1/4 of a cup of dry bread crumbs and the egg yolks this does not make it meatloaf.  It does not.   It really is still a hamburger.  The tiny amounts of these two things  act as a binder which are important. They keep hamburgers from falling apart on the grill.

How to Make Homemade Hamburgers!

The best way to make flavourful hamburgers with grocery store ground beef.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 hamburgers
Calories: 340kcal
Author: The Art of Doing Stuff


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup finely very finely diced red onion. (you want it so small that once it cooks it disappears)
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp dijon
  • 2 shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs just enough to aid in binding
  • salt & pepper


  • Mix together all ingredients gently. You don't want to mush and mash it.
  • Form into 4 equally sized patties. (You can definitely stretch it and get 5 out of this recipe)
  • Grill outdoors or cook in cast iron pan until done to your liking. About 4 minutes each side.
  • Top with your favourite toppings!


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg

Questions & Answers

  • Isn’t this really a meatloaf recipe? Um, no.  It isn’t.  But I can see the confusion.  Just make them. Trust me on this.
  • What are the best hamburger buns?  I used to be on a sesame seed bun kick, but now I only use brioche buns.  I’m obsessed with them!
  • What if I want a homemade fermented, New York style, Jewish deli pickle to go with my burger?  No problem.  Just click here for my classic fermented dill pickle recipe, based on fermenting God, Sandor Katz’s pickles.
  • Should you put lettuce on hamburgers?  According to the late Anthony Bourdain?  No. He has a point. If you don’t eat the burger immediately the lettuce gets soft, warm and wilty.
  • Can these be frozen?  Of course!  Just mix the ingredients, shape them into burgers and freeze them individually on wax paper.  Once they’re frozen you can stack them and store them.

Tune in next week for the next big debate:  What’s better for you?  Frozen or homemade ice cubes.

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How to Make Homemade Hamburgers! My Way.