How To Season Ground Beef For Burgers


Do you know how to season ground beef for burgers? Do you need a guide on how to season the beef before cooking your hamburgers? Are you looking for the best way to season ground beef for hamburgers? If your answer is yes then you’ve come to right place! in this article, I’ll present an effective “secret” of seasoning meat.

How to Season a Beef Burger

Making the tastiest hamburger starts with a well-seasoned patty! Here’s when and how to season a burger for the best results.

A hamburger patty being seasoned with salt and pepper.

You may be tempted to skip seasoning a hamburger patty because you know it will soon be topped with an assortment of condiments and eaten between a bun, but we encourage you to resist that temptation!

A hamburger is only as good as the sum of its parts, and the beef patty is the star of the show. Give it the respect it deserves and season it properly before you cook it!

The Best Burger Seasoning is Kosher Salt

As with all meats, coarse salt, or kosher salt, is the best bet for seasoning ground beef. The large granules allow for the most control and deliver on the promise of enhancing the flavor of the final burger. Plan for about 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt per pound of ground beef.

Freshly ground pepper adds extra body and is an ideal accompaniment to beef. Use about 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper per pound of ground beef.

You can also use minced garlic, minced onion, and Worcestershire sauce to amp up the seasoning, but they’re not strictly necessary for a tasty burger.

A burger patty on a parchment lined baking sheet to show the best way to season a burger.
Lori Rice

When to Season Burgers

There are two different ways to season a burger:

  • Before you form patties: This method calls for adding any and all seasonings before you form the ground beef into patties. The advantage of this method is that it allows for additional mix-ins, such as minced garlic and onion. To do this, sprinkle the seasonings and add-ins evenly over the ground beef and gently mix with your hands to combine. Work quickly to avoid overworking and warming the beef, which can lead to crumbly burgers.
  • After you form patties: In this case, add salt and pepper after you’ve formed the patties. This method is the most straightforward: form the beef into patties, then sprinkle both sides of the patty with salt and pepper right before grilling.

Either method works, so feel free to try both and see which one works best for you. But remember! Salt draws moisture out of meat as it sits. Whatever method you choose, make sure you form the patties immediately and then grill them soon after. Keep them cold in the fridge while the grill heats up.

Other Ways to Season Burgers

Looking to go beyond salt and pepper? Try unconventional additions like shredded cheese, chopped fresh herbs, dried herbs like rosemary or oregano, or citrus zest. (Senior Editor Summer Miller loves lemon zest in her burgers!)

If the mix is too dry, add a dollop of mayonnaise or plain yogurt to add moisture; if the mix is too wet, toss in some breadcrumbs to soak up excess moisture and add texture to a hamburger patty. Seasoned salt is also another easy way to change up the flavor.

If you’re afraid of a crumbly hamburger, you can add an egg to the beef mixture, but usually using a lean-to-fat percentage of 80/20 eliminates the need for any extra binding.

The options for seasoning burgers are endless, but at the same time, an excellent hamburger requires little more than good quality ground beef, salt, pepper, and the flavor that comes from searing on a hot grill.

Easy Burger Seasoning Blend

Easy burger seasoning blend and a hamburger patty

Prep:5 mins

Cook:0 mins

Total:5 mins

Servings:4 1/2 servings

Yield:3 tablespoons

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)SAVE RECIPE

A juicy burger is always a welcome dish, but one that is seasoned properly is even better. This basic burger seasoning is made with a blend of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Feel free to add a little minced dried onion for added flavor and a bit of texture if you like. Mix it into the meat or sprinkle it over the patties as they cook. Either way, your burgers are sure to be more flavorful.

This spice blend is great for grilled, broiled, or pan-fried burgers, as well as ​juicy baked burgers. It will also add great flavor to your favorite meatloaf or meatball mixture and works well on other meats like chicken and pork. The recipe makes enough for more than a few meals, and you’ll find plenty of other uses for it when the jar is in your spice cupboard.

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“A nice seasoning blend for burgers. The recommended amount per pound of ground beef is spot-on and enhances the burger flavor without overwhelming it. You’ll have some left over, but I can envision many other uses. I tried it in a cheeseburger casserole and it added an excellent boost of flavor.”

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  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion, optional

Steps to Make It


  1. Gather the ingredients.Ingredients for making the burger seasoning
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend well.Combining the spices to make the seasoning blend
  3. Mix 2 teaspoons of spice blend into each pound of ground beef or sprinkle over the burgers as you cook them.Applying burger seasoning onto a raw burger patty


  • When freshly grinding the pepper, grind it into a small dish, then measure it using a teaspoon. It will require more grinds than you may expect and will be neater when done this way.
  • It’s important to avoid overmixing ground beef when making burgers. Work the spice into the meat as efficiently as possible.
  • Store any extra seasoning blend in a closed container and keep in a cool, dark place.

When Should Burgers Be Seasoned?

Baked and broiled burgers are easier when the spice is mixed into the meat. If you prefer to sprinkle it on later or are cooking prepared patties, add the seasoning as you grill or pan-fry. Season one side of the burgers and put that side down on the grill or pan, then season the other side before it’s time to flip. Use only as much as will stick to the patty’s surface. Any excess will simply fall off when the burger is flipped anyway.

Recipe Variation

  • Only a small amount of cayenne pepper is called for in the seasoning, but feel free to leave it out if you’re not a fan of spice.
  • Switch to smoked paprika for a little extra smoke flavor that’s perfect for grilled burgers.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar for a slightly sweeter seasoning mix.

The Best Homemade Burger Seasoning

Upgrade your amazing burger with the best homemade burger seasoning recipe. No one wants a boring burger, this seasoning blend will take your burgers from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all! You can make this seasoning recipe with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

homemade burger seasoning and hamburgers on a wood cutting board.

Make The Best Homemade Burger Seasoning

Upgrade your favorite burger recipe by adding the perfect seasoning to your hamburger patties. Your cookouts will never be the same.

Have you ever wondered about the best way to season your homemade burgers? Do you usually buy a ginormous jar of a seasoning mix that you only use once because the flavor combination isn’t quite right? This copycat hamburger seasoning recipe solves your problem, soon you will be grilling the perfect burger.

You can make this easy seasoning blend in your own kitchen. This easy recipe will help you make enough seasoning for several dinners. Your burgers will taste so good when you use this perfect burger seasoning mix. Store all of the seasoning you make in extra spice containers to save for later.

This homemade burger seasoning is so simple to make but really takes your burgers to the next level! How do you make the best burger seasoning? It’s simple. You combine paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper, onion and garlic powders, cumin, and brown sugar.

One thing I love about this seasoning is how versatile it is. It’s a savory mix with just a hint of sweetness and is perfect for all kinds of homemade burgers – beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie burgers. Heck, this is even great in meatloaf!

spices in a burger seasoning mix

How to Make a Good Burger Seasoning

Make a good burger by combining the right combination of seasonings. This spice blend has the right combination of sweet, salty, zesty, and savory flavors.

These herbs and spices will add the right touch and turn a good burger into an amazing burger. This blend of spices is the perfect combination of flavors.

When you prepare a homemade spice blend, it is made up fresh, and full of flavor. What’s in this spice blend?

  • paprika
  • smoked paprika
  • ground black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • brown sugar
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • cayenne pepper

Want to customize your spice blend?

Of course, you can customize this recipe if you desire. You may want to add more ground pepper, or perhaps a touch of oregano. You can make substitutions for ingredients you enjoy the most.

A small amount of chili powder can add a Tex-Mex flair to this recipe. If you need a salt-free alternative, be sure to omit the salt.

What’s the Difference Between Paprika and Smoked Paprika?

This seasoning recipe uses two types of paprika. You may think that paprika is just paprika, right? In reality, paprika is more interesting in that there are several different varieties.

First off, not all paprika is spicy. Paprika is made from dried and finely ground capsicum peppers, and different regions grow peppers with different levels of heat.

Paprika labeled as “sweet” will have almost no heat at all. Smoked paprika is made from peppers that are slowly smoked over a fire, resulting in a rich smoky-sweet powder. Read more about paprika by clicking here.

Smoked paprika goes well in other foods too! Try some in chili, or sprinkle it on top of your next batch of deviled eggs, the smoke adds a nice touch to everything you add it into.

beef burger patties with seasoning

How to Cook the Perfect Grilled Burgers

The most straightforward approach to grilling your homemade burgers is over direct heat, using medium heat on a gas grill or medium-hot charcoal. Do not use high heat on the grill. The outside will be burned long before the inside cooks.

  • Be gentle with your meat. Overworking ground meat can make it tough. Do not pack the burger patties with too firm of a pressure.
  • Before you cook burgers, with your thumb, make a small depression in the middle of one side of the burger. This will keep your burger from puffing up while it cooks and helps to ensure an even surface.
  • To prevent sticking, brush a light coating of vegetable oil on the side of the burger that hits the grill first. If your meat is on the lean side, lightly brush the other side with oil before turning it over.
  • You want to make sure those yummy meat juices stay inside the patty so don’t press on the meat with a spatula.
  • Resist the temptation to keep checking the underside of your burgers to see if they’re browned. Just let the burgers be, so they have time to create their crust. A burger will tell you it’s ready when the edges start to curl up.

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