BBQ Hamburgers Recipe - Basic But Tasty

Burgers are a staple for the barbecue. There are lots of recipes available, but there's actually no need to get complicated - a simple, well-made hamburger is plenty tasty on the grill (and it saves you the hassle of putting together something 'fussy' when you're tired). Here's a good and easy BBQ hamburgers recipe.

What You Need

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  • 1 lb of ground beef (we suggest using regular ground beef because it has some fat in it, which will help keep the burgers juicy and flavorful. But you can still use lean beef if you prefer it). If you can find it, use ground sirloin for great flavor.
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Assembling the Burger

It seems like most of our friends -- and us too -- remember growing up with those big burgers our moms used to make. They were heavy, huge, and (sorry, mom!) really not that great.

The key to assembling a great hamburger is delicacy. Yup, that's right... you want to handle it just barely enough to form it into a light patty and then leave it alone. Don't cram it together into a giant, dense meat-puck!

  • Mix together all of the ingredients, just until blended.

  • Lightly form patties about 1/2" to 1" thick. Don't make them too thick, as thick burgers are hard to cook properly on the BBQ.

  • Lay the burgers in a single layer on a piece of waxed paper. Cover with another piece of waxed paper.

  • Refrigerate for at least an hour, two is better. This will help the hamburger stick together so that it won't easily fall apart on the grill.

Grilling the Burger

  • Preheat the BBQ to medium-high heat.

  • Grease the cooking grate.

  • Place the burgers on the grate, cooking for 3-5 minutes per side until done. Cook time depends on the thickness of the burger.

  • If you want to add cheese, top the burger with a slice of cheese in the last couple of minutes of cook time so that the cheese melts.

Serve with fresh hamburger rolls and garnish with anything you like - ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, different types of cheeses, bacon, jalepeno peppers ... anything that looks good! In addition to this BBQ hamburgers recipe, check out our other BBQ beef recipes. And look for some great sides dishes for BBQ too!



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