I’ve mentioned it many times before that my husband and I are major foodies. Like some people enjoy various hobbies, such as scrapbooking, video games, and playing an instrument, for us, food is viewed much in the same way. We not only love eating great food, but there is such joy in searching out new amazing local restaurants and sampling their menu. Or creating new recipes in our kitchen. And while my husband and I have many other, more traditional hobbies that we enjoy, this “food” hobby is something we enjoy together. And that’s really important in any relationship…to be able to find something that you love doing together.

Ever since my first pregnancy, I’ve developed a love for burgers. Unfortunately, it started with a Big Mac from McDonalds (one of the very first cravings I ever had). Thankfully, my love for burgers has evolved far past the Big Mac now. We’ve discovered all kinds of amazing burgers, both bought in store and in local restaurants. Our favorite burgers in Toronto are from The Burger’s Priest, P&L Burger and Jack Astors (but I’ll save that for another post!)

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

We can’t obviously eat out all the time being a family of five, so my hubby started exploring with his own homemade recipe, inspired by his favourites from the restaurants listed above. Let me tell you, as someone who has eaten A LOT of burgers the last five years, my hubby has hands down, come up with the ultimate homemade burger! I would not lie to you about this. This is the ONLY homemade burger recipe you will ever need. Stop buying the pre-made patties…just follow this recipe and your family will be begging for more! Guaranteed!

So what makes these homemade burgers so special anyways? Well, simply put, it all comes down to the beef. If you want to eat good burgers, you gotta let the diet go out the window…story of my life! Seriously, though, in order to make the ultimate homemade burger, you are going to need fresh, ground chuck. This meat comes from the neck and shoulder of the cow and is typically very fatty BUT has an immense amount of flavor. This is why is it the best cut of meat when making burgers. I know that we all hear about lean ground beef and how that’s the best option (when eating beef), but if you are wanting to make this ultimate homemade burger, skip the lean and go straight for the fatty stuff. I promise you, it WILL be worth it. You can sometimes find this in your local grocery store, but often times, you will need a trip to your local butcher to find it. 

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

The second thing to know when making these homemade burgers is that you do not need ANYTHING other than ground chuck for your patty. People tend to think you need eggs or bread crumbs, amongst other things, to hold the beef together. But it’s not true. You only need to season the beef well with salt and pepper. That’s it, that’s all.

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

Finally, even though most people think barbecued burgers are king, we’ve come to learn that the best burgers come from either a flattop or a cast iron frying pan. Because you aren’t filling the patty with any “filler”, the meat will likely fall apart more easily. So placing it on the BBQ is not a good idea. But secondly (and probably more importantly) is that when cooking on a flattop or cast iron pan, it seals the meat, locking in all the flavors as it cooks and get caramelized. This step is critical in experiencing the ultimate homemade burger. 

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

So now that you are salivating at the sounds of this amazing recipe, let’s show you how to make it!

The Ultimate Homemade Burger
The most delicious homemade burger you will ever have! Guaranteed!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 5-6 ounces of ground chuck, per pattie
  2. Salt & Pepper, to taste
  3. Hamburger buns
Toppings
  1. Bacon
  2. Avocado
  3. Red Onions
  4. Cheese
  5. Iceberg Lettuce
  6. Tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Form meat into patties, making sure to weigh each one with a food scale for consistency.
  2. Season both sides of the patty with salt and pepper (treat it like a good steak)
  3. Heat cast iron pan to medium high heat
  4. Add a touch of oil to the pan
  5. Just as the pan comes to a smoke, place the patties in
  6. Cooke for 5-7 minutes, per side
  7. Make sure the patty has a good crust on it before you flip sides
  8. Once cooked, serve immediately with whatever toppings you love!
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So there you have it, the recipe for the ultimate homemade burger! You can change up the toppings to use whichever ones you like. Same with the buns. But whatever you do, do NOT change up the patty! I’m telling you, this IS the best homemade burger you will ever!

The Ultimate Homemade Burger

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36 Comments on The Ultimate Homemade Burger

  1. Francesca
    August 31, 2015 at 9:34 am (2 years ago)

    These look soooo good! Bacon and avocado count me in! We love Burger’s priest too! I love a good burger recipe, I’m trying this one ASAP!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out for you! xox

      Reply
  2. sara
    August 31, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

    Looks delicious! Now I am starving!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

      Haha! Enjoy Sara! xox

      Reply
  3. Nichole aka CuppaGeek
    August 31, 2015 at 9:54 am (2 years ago)

    This looks so good! It is only 9am and I’m craving a burger now!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

      Haha sorry about that! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  4. Meredith
    August 31, 2015 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    Ok, it’s 9:30 in the morning and you just made me extremely hungry!!!! This post is right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it.

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

      So funny! Let me know how you like it! xox

      Reply
  5. Jenn Korolewski
    August 31, 2015 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, I’m drooling. I agree that the meat makes all the difference. We typically purchase 1/2 a cow and have it processed into ground beef. I don’t know if I could eat the regular grocery store stuff anymore. Looks yummy!!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:12 am (2 years ago)

      We’ve been thinking about that too. Will have to look into it! Thanks for stopping by Jenn! xox

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:12 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  6. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    August 31, 2015 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

    YUMMY! Perfect for the upcoming Labor Day holiday! That burger looks like perfection in a bun!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

      It pretty much is Chrissa! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  7. Aishwarya S
    August 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Delicious! My mom made burger at home once and it was the best one I ever had! 🙂

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

      They really can’t compare to store bought! Enjoy! xox

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Thanks Heather! Let me know how it turns out! xox

      Reply
  8. Liz Jo
    August 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your homemade burger! ours is very similar we just put tony chacheres’ on ours for seasoning instead.

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:17 am (2 years ago)

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by! xox

      Reply
  9. Brittany Bergman
    August 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Yum! I was totally craving a burger this weekend, and you better believe I indulged. I just miss eating them medium instead of well done! These burgers look amazing. I don’t know that I’ve ever tried ground chuck, but I will! When prices are low enough (which isn’t often), I like to use grass-fed beef. The fat has a totally different flavor, and it’s delicious!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

      I remember that when I was pregnant…which is why I barely ate steak! What was the point! haha! Enjoy Momma! xox

      Reply
  10. Miranda @ Miranda Writes
    August 31, 2015 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes to flat top burgers! I don’t like the hassle of trying to grill them outside when I’m not already grilling something (or cooking for a crowd). They are so much faster and easier that way. I agree that you need great beef from the start. I still love to add an egg to mine, but just because I love the texture and added moisture. This is making me really hungry. Haha!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

      I think the egg might hold it better together. I will say, they do fall apart more easily this way. But with the ground chuck and stovetop method, there is no issue of moisture. Quite opposite…I usually need like 10 napkins for one burger! haha!

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  11. LiNdsay
    August 31, 2015 at 9:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my gosh girl, I noticed you didn’t say Holy Chuck’s. If you haven’t tried, you must!!! Near Yonge and St. Clair or Woodbridge. 🙂

    Yours looks delish! I’m hungry now, thanks! Lol

    Xo

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

      I haven’t tried it but my hubby has and he still says the Priest is better! But I will try them one of these days!! xox

      Reply
  12. Jaclyn
    August 31, 2015 at 11:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, can we come over for dinner? Thanks. 😀 My husband cooks burgers inside, too!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

      Anytime girl! xox

      Reply
  13. Samantha
    September 1, 2015 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

    My mouth is watering!! I need to try this! Bookmarked thanks for sharing!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Samantha! Let me know how it turns out for you! xox

      Reply
  14. jessica
    September 1, 2015 at 6:18 pm (2 years ago)

    This LOOKS good! Back in the day when we only had one child my husband use to make patties….I miss the good old days!

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:16 am (2 years ago)

      haha! It’s so good! Enjoy girl! xox

      Reply
  15. Carly @ FitLiving blog
    September 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm (2 years ago)

    So simple, yet looks so delicious! I’m always so tempted to fill my burgers with spices, sauces, and fillings. I like when we cook burgers on my grill since my husband is on duty, but I will have to try it in a skillet next time 🙂

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    • Christine
      September 3, 2015 at 11:15 am (2 years ago)

      Yes try it on the stovetop and I guarantee it will make a world of a difference! Enjoy! xox

      Reply
  16. Melanie
    October 26, 2016 at 11:41 am (8 months ago)

    I’m here sitting at work with my stomach going crazy..making loud ferocious sounds as I read this recipe. Can’t wait to try this!

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    • Christine
      November 13, 2016 at 7:11 am (7 months ago)

      Too funny Melanie. Hope you tried the recipe and enjoyed it as much as we did.

      Reply

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