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Best Cheeseburger Recipe

This cheeseburger recipe is a grilling classic! Juicy burger patties are topped with American cheese and the ultimate burger sauce for the best restaurant-style burger made at home.

If your family loves burger recipes as much as mine does, you’ll also want to make these cheeseburger sliders, smash burgers and baked hamburgers, too!

Cheeseburger with red onion and pickles.
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Classic Cheeseburger

This cheeseburger recipe is exactly the kind of burger you want to sink your teeth into this summer. Sure, you can grab one at In-and-Out Burger, but it won’t be as thick, juicy and flavorful as this perfectly cooked cheeseburger with a killer secret sauce!

The burger patties are thick enough to withstand the heat of the grill to get the beautiful char marks on the outside while it stays nice and juicy on the inside. It’s the hamburger recipe you want to keep around for all your summer cookouts, pool parties, and any time you need a grilling recipe.

What You Need for the Best Cheeseburger Recipe

Cheeseburger ingredients on counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Type of beef: For the perfect cheeseburger, it’s crucial to use choose the right type of beef! Whether you buy from your local grocery store or order from a butcher, go with 80/20 ground beef. This means 80% lean and 20% which adds flavor and moisture for a juicy burger.
  • Seasonings: I add just a touch of BBQ sauce which adds flavor, then keep it simple with garlic powder, salt and pepper. A combination blend of hamburger seasoning is popular, too!
  • Cheese: While some might disagree, processed American cheese is a classic, authentic choice. It melts evenly and quickly for the best cheeseburger. Of course, feel free to disagree and use cheddar cheese, colby cheese or a fancy cheese.
  • Burger buns: I love to use toasted buttery brioche buns or just a soft white bun with sesame seeds when I don’t have time to make homemade hamburger buns.
  • Special sauce: This homemade burger sauce is a combination of mayo, ketchup, vinegar, seasoning salt, and dill pickle relish.

How to Make Great Cheeseburgers

Showing how to make cheeseburgers in a 4 step collage.
  • Season the ground beef. In a medium bowl, add the ground beef, BBQ sauce, and seasoning. Use your hands (wear gloves if you want to avoid the mess) to mix until just combined. Do not overmix!
  • Form the burger patties. Grab enough ground beef mixture to form a patty 4 3/4” thick. Make a well in the center of it by making an indent with your thumb. This is to prevent the burgers from bulging.
  • Grill them. Place the patties on a preheated 375℉ grill and cook them for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway. Top with cheese slices and cover the grill until the cheese melts.
  • Assemble cheeseburgers. Use a spatula or tongs to transfer each cheeseburger on top of the bottom buns. Top with the secret sauce and your favorite toppings then top with the top bun. Enjoy!

Best Toppings for a Cheeseburger

Grilled Cheeseburger Tips

The best cheeseburger recipe doesn’t require much effort at all! It’s made with simple ingredients, but certain tips and tricks can make things even easier for you.

  • Make sure the grill is clean, oiled, and hot. You never want to add meat to a cold grill. It’s also a good idea to bring the patties to room temperature before cooking, in case you’ve had them in the fridge.
  • Use a large spatula to flip the patties. Using a smaller one may not hold it securely and it may break.
  • Don’t flip too early. Make sure to leave the burger patties alone for the first 4-5 minutes.
  • Toast the buns. For crispy buns, butter each half and place them on the grill open side down for 1 minute.
Cheeseburger with fries on a plate.

Sides to Serve with Burgers

You can never go wrong with the classic pairing of the best cheeseburger recipe with homemade French fries. For something a little different you could choose to make baked sweet potato fries, grilled sweet potatoes, or roasted sweet potatoes instead.

A quick and easy vegetable side dish can be anything from easy green beans to a simple chopped salad.

For your cookout needs, you could serve your burgers with a side of macaroni salad, a 7-layer salad, watermelon feta salad, or a loaded baked potato salad.

If you want something refreshing and fruity, a side of grilled pineapple or rainbow honey lime fruit salad are great options!

Cheeseburger with toppings.

Looking for more grilling recipes? Fire up the grill this summer for grilled chicken, carne asada or grilled vegetables, too!

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Cheeseburger with toppings.

Cheeseburger Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This cheeseburger recipe is a grilling classic! Juicy burger patties are topped with American cheese and the ultimate burger sauce for the best restaurant-style burger made at home.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4

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Ingredients 

Special Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • Pinch seasoned salt (I use Lawry's)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons dill pickle relish , optional

Cheeseburgers

  • 1 ½ pounds (80/20) ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce , or steak sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns (I prefer brioche buns)
  • Butter for toasting , optional

Optional toppings: Bacon, Lettuce leaves, Tomato slices, Sliced red onion, Pickles

    Instructions

    Special Sauce

    • In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, seasoned salt, and relish, if using, until well combined.

    Cheeseburgers

    • Preheat the grill to medium high (375℉). 
    • In a medium bowl, using your hands, mix the ground beef, BBQ sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper just until combined. Shape into 4 3/4-inch thick patties. Using your thumb, make a well in the center of the patties to prevent bulging.
    • Place patties on the grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until juices run clear. Top with cheese slices. Cover the grill and cook until cheese has melted. You can also butter the buns and put on the grill the last minute of cooking to toast, if desired.
    • Place cheeseburgers on buns and top with secret sauce and your favorite toppings to serve. 

    Notes

    Cheese:  You can use sliced Swiss, muenster or provolone. 
    Oven: You can even use this recipe to make baked hamburgers in the oven, if you prefer. 
    Hamburger Tips:
    • Make sure to use 80/20 ground beef. The fat helps bind the meat together.
    • Instead of BBQ sauce, you can use ketchup. The sauce really adds an extra boost of flavor, while helping bind the meat together so the patties don’t fall apart while cooking.
    • Make sure to use 80/20 ground beef. The fat helps bind the meat together.
    • For even more flavor, mix some hamburger seasoning in with the meat before forming into patties.
    • Use a large spatula when flipping, and don’t flip until the patties have cooked 4 to 5 minutes.
    Storage: Leftover cooked hamburger patties can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 753kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1547mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 5mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American

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    Recipe FAQs

    What is the best ground beef to use?

    The best cheeseburger recipe starts with a flavorful hamburger and this one needs nothing more than traditional ground chuck. It’s got the right amount of beefy flavor. Ground sirloin is another option, but it’s usually got a higher price tag.

    How do I know when my burger is ready to come off the grill?

    Since everyone likes their cheeseburger done differently, from medium to well done, it’s usually a safe bet that they’re done as long as you cook them for a minimum of 4 minutes per side.

    You can also use a meat thermometer to test. The internal temperature should read 160℉.

    How to store leftover cheeseburgers?

    Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

    Can I freeze raw burger patties?

    Once you have formed the patties into their burger shapes, arrange them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

    Freeze them until solid, then transfer them to a freezer bag. Keep them frozen for up to 3 months, then thaw them in the fridge overnight.

    Cook, bake, or grill as directed.

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