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Skillet Hamburgers: Perfect Juicy Patties Every Time

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Skillet Hamburgers

Cooking burgers in a skillet is a game-changer for those who crave a juicy, flavorful burger without firing up the grill. By using a cast iron skillet, you can achieve a perfectly seared exterior while keeping the inside tender and moist.

Skillet burgers offer flexibility in the kitchen and allow you to control the cooking environment precisely. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can make diner-quality burgers at home. You’ll find tips on choosing the best beef, seasoning, and cooking techniques to elevate your burger game.

Whether you’re an experienced cook or a beginner, these techniques are straightforward and easy to follow. Get ready to impress your family and friends with mouth-watering skillet hamburgers that are sure to become a household favorite.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)


  • Ground Beef (80/20 blend): This gives a great balance of flavor and juiciness.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning.
  • Olive Oil: Helps to cook the patties evenly and adds a nice flavor.
  • Burger Buns: Toasted slightly to give a perfect texture.

Possible Substitutes

  • Ground Turkey or Chicken: For a leaner option.
  • Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: Instead of fresh garlic and onions.
  • Avocado Oil: A good substitute for olive oil.
  • Lettuce Wraps: Instead of burger buns for a low-carb option.


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:

    • Take out your ground beef. Aim for 80% lean and 20% fat for juicy burgers.
    • Season with salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well.
  2. Shape the Patties:

    • Form the beef into equal-sized patties, about 3/4 to one inch thick.
    • Make a small indentation in the center of each patty. This helps with even cooking.
  3. Preheat the Skillet:

    • Place a cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet on the stove.
    • Heat over medium-high until you see the first wisp of smoke.
  4. Cook the Burgers:

    • Add a tablespoon of oil to the hot skillet.
    • Place the patties in the skillet, making sure not to overcrowd.
    • For medium-rare: Cook 3-4 minutes per side.
    • For medium: Cook 4-5 minutes per side.
    • For well-done: Cook 5-6 minutes per side.
    • Use a meat thermometer to check. The internal temperature should be at least 160°F.
  5. Toast the Buns:

    • While the patties cook, toast your burger buns in the skillet until golden-brown.
  6. Assemble and Serve:

    • Place the cooked patties on the toasted buns.
    • Add your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomato, cheese, and condiments. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

When making skillet burgers, use fresh, high-quality ground beef. It makes a big difference in flavor and texture.

Season generously with salt and pepper. This brings out the beef’s natural flavors.

Form the patties about 1-inch thick. This helps in even cooking.

Heat is crucial. Get your skillet hot before adding oil. This helps to sear the burger and form a crust.

Oil the skillet. Just a tablespoon to coat the bottom. It prevents sticking and adds a bit of flavor.

Use a meat thermometer. Aim for 160°F for a well-done burger. This ensures safety and doneness.

Rest the burgers. After cooking, let them sit for a few minutes to redistribute juices.


  • If you have leftover patties, let them cool completely before storing.
  • Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • They can be kept for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

If you need to freeze the patties:

  • Freeze them raw.
  • Separate each patty with wax paper to prevent sticking.
  • Place them in a zip-top bag or airtight container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months for the best quality.

Before reheating, let the patties thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat slowly over medium heat to avoid drying them out.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

  1. Cheese Lovers: Add two slices of cheese on top of the patties during the last minute of cooking. Try cheddar, American, or Swiss.

  2. Spicy Burgers: Mix in some chopped jalapeños or add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to the ground beef. You can also top with pepper jack cheese.

  3. Mushroom and Swiss: Sauté sliced mushrooms in the skillet before cooking the patties. Top the burgers with Swiss cheese and the sautéed mushrooms.

  4. BBQ Bacon: Add cooked bacon and a drizzle of your favorite BBQ sauce to the assembled burger. You might want to mix a bit of the sauce into the ground beef before forming the patties.

  5. Garlic and Herb: Mix minced garlic and chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or thyme) into the ground beef. This adds extra flavor and aroma.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Classic Style: Serve your skillet burgers with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. Don’t forget the ketchup, mustard, and mayo.

  2. On a Bun: Toast the burger buns in the skillet for a minute or two. Butter the buns for extra richness.

  3. With Fries: Serve with a side of crispy French fries or sweet potato fries.

  4. For a Low-Carb Option: Skip the bun and wrap your burger in a large lettuce leaf.

  5. Salad Toppers: Place your cooked patties on a bed of mixed greens, and add your favorite salad toppings like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and shredded cheese.

By experimenting with these variations and serving ideas, you can create a unique and delicious burger experience every time. Enjoy customizing your skillet hamburgers to suit your taste!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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