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Skillet Burgers Recipe: Juicy and Delicious Every Time

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Skillet Burgers Recipe

Cooking a juicy, flavorful burger in a skillet can be quick and easy. Use a cast-iron skillet and a few simple seasonings for the best results. You’ll get a nicely seared burger with a tender inside that’s sure to impress.

Start by prepping your patty. Season it with salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder for a burst of flavor. Heat a tablespoon of oil in your skillet until it’s hot, then cook your patties for about two minutes per side. Reduce the heat, continue cooking for another six minutes, and don’t forget to flip them halfway through.

As the patties cook, you can prepare your favorite toppings. Whether it’s classic cheese and lettuce or something adventurous, it’s up to you. Serve your patties hot on a toasted bun. Enjoy!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make skillet burgers, you will need some basic ingredients that are easy to find. Here’s a list of what you’ll need and some possible substitutes:

  • Ground Beef: Use 1 pound of ground beef. You can substitute with ground turkey or chicken for a leaner option.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning. Use kosher salt if possible.
  • Onion Powder and Garlic Powder: These add flavor. Fresh minced garlic or onion can work too.
  • Olive Oil: For cooking the burgers. Canola oil or any vegetable oil can be used instead.
  • Burger Buns: Soft burger buns are best. You can use whole wheat buns or even lettuce leaves for a low-carb option.

Optional Toppings:

  • Cheese: Slices of cheddar, American, or any of your favorite cheese.
  • Lettuce and Tomato: Fresh and crisp for a classic touch.
  • Pickles: Adds a tangy crunch.
  • Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or special sauces like BBQ sauce.

Gathering these ingredients is easy and allows flexibility to fit your preferences. Enjoy customizing your burger!


  1. Preheat the Skillet
    Place your cast iron skillet on the stove. Set the heat to medium-high. Wait a few minutes until the skillet is hot.

  2. Prepare the Patties
    Weigh out 5-ounce balls of ground meat using a kitchen scale. Form them into patties by hand or with a patty press.

  3. Season the Patties
    In a small bowl, mix together salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Sprinkle the seasoning mix on both sides of each patty.

  4. Cook the Patties
    Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet to coat the bottom. Once the oil is hot, place the patties in the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side until browned.

  5. Adjust the Heat
    After browning, lower the heat to medium. Cook for another 6 minutes, flipping the patties once halfway through. This will ensure they are cooked through but still juicy.

  6. Check for Doneness
    To make sure the burgers are done, use a meat thermometer. You want an internal temperature of 160°F for well-done burgers.

  7. Serve
    Once cooked, remove the patties from the skillet. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomato, cheese, and condiments.

Enjoy your homemade skillet burgers!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use Fresh Meat: Fresh ground beef makes the juiciest burgers. Avoid pre-packaged patties if possible.

Seasoning: Season the meat before forming patties. A mix of salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder works great.

Forming Patties: Use a kitchen scale to make uniform patties. Aim for about 5 ounces per patty.

Indent in the Middle: Press a small indent into the center of each patty. This helps them cook evenly and prevents puffing up.

Hot Skillet: Preheat your skillet on medium-high heat. It should sizzle when you place the patty on it.

Oil the Pan: Add a tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Spread it evenly with a spatula.

Cooking Time: Cook patties for about 2 minutes per side to get a nice sear. Then, reduce heat to medium and cook for another 6 minutes, flipping once.

Avoid Pressing: Don’t press the patties with a spatula during cooking. This presses out the juices and can make the burgers dry.

Rest the Burgers: Let the cooked patties rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps keep them juicy.

Storing Leftovers: Layer leftover patties between wax paper. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Reheating: Reheat cooked patties in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes per side. Avoid using the microwave if possible, as it can dry them out.

Freezing Patties: You can freeze raw patties. Layer them between wax paper and store in a freezer bag. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Variations: Experiment with different seasonings and add-ins like Worcestershire sauce, cheese, or chopped onions for new flavors.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Cheese Options:

  • Cheddar: Classic choice with a sharp flavor.
  • Provolone: Melts smoothly and adds a mild taste.
  • Swiss: Offers a slightly nutty flavor.
  • American: Melts perfectly for a creamy texture.

Seasoning Twists:

  • Creole Seasoning: Adds a spicy kick.
  • Onion Powder: Enhances the beef flavor.

Bun Alternatives:

  • Whole Wheat Buns: Healthier and hearty.
  • Lettuce Wraps: Great for a low-carb option.

Meat Choices:

  • Ground Turkey: Lighter and leaner.
  • Beef and Pork Mix: Combines flavors for depth.
  • Quality Beef: Use coarse-ground chuck steak for best taste.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Homemade French Fries: Perfect side dish.
  • Salad: Fresh and light, complements a juicy burger.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Add a smoky flavor.
  • Potato Salad: Classic and creamy.

Cooking Tips:

  • Oil the Skillet: Use a tablespoon of oil to coat the bottom.
  • Cooking Time: Sear the patties for 2 minutes per side, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 6 more minutes, flipping halfway.

Mix and match these variations and serving suggestions to create your perfect skillet burger experience.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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