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posted: 07/24/19

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This Hamburger Seasoning comes together with simple ingredients that you can already find in your pantry. Add it to your hamburger patties for the best hamburger seasoning! Make a big batch and have it on hand all grilling seasoning.

a small, shallow, blue dish with handles on a black surface, filled with hamburger seasoning broken up by seasoning

We are in the thick of grilling seasoning, and I am obsessed with grilling my family dinner more than I have been in the past. I love throwing hamburgers and hotdogs onto the grill along with some corn and other grilled vegetables. The other night I made foil packet cauliflower and it turned out SO amazing. But if you are going to have hamburgers once a week on the grill, you are going to need the best hamburger seasoning to go with it. No worries, I’m here to help.

My newest joy in life is coming up with super simple recipes that contain super simple ingredients and leave you feeling so happy about the dinner you created in your kitchen. This hamburger seasoning recipe totally fits the bill.

overhead of a hamburger patty made with hamburger patty seasoning, the top of the bun off and grill makes visible on the patty

WHAT GOES IN A HAMBURGER SEASONING RECIPE

The best part about this recipe is it is made with seasonings that I bet you already have on hand in your pantry. The second best thing about this recipe is that you only need a little bit of each seasoning to create a hamburger seasoning mix that you can keep on hand and use over and over.

What you need:

  • paprika
  • brown sugar
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • cayenne pepper
overhead of a small blue dish with handles filled with hamburger seasoning recipe that is partially mixed together

HOW YOU USE HAMBURGER SEASONING

After you mix up your seasonings, this guy will keep in an airtight container for six months. Additionally, you make enough that you can use it on 9 pounds of hamburger meat. So that is 9 times of grilling out, or 36 hamuburgers.

  • Once you make your hamburger patties, you want to use one tablespoon of this seasoning on them. Just gently rub the seasoning onto each side of the burgers.
  • I typically use 1 pound of 80/20 ground chuck to make four burgers that are gently indented in the middle for best grilling.
  • The brown sugar and the seasoning crisp up on the outside of the burger making for such a great flavor and delicious burger.
up close of a hamburger made with the best hamburger seasoning, garnished with red onion, tomatoes, and lettuce on a bun held by a toothpick

WHAT TO SERVE WITH GRILLED HAMBURGERS

I have so many amazing recipes that would be perfect on the side of a grilled hamburger!

  • ARUGULA SALAD: This is a recent recipe, and I’m kind of obsessing over it. Only five ingredients!
  • STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD: This is a really popular recipe, and for good reason; it’s delicious and easy. That dressing though!
  • GREEK PASTA SALAD: If you aren’t really feeling leafy greens, make this! It’s easy and one of those recipes you will come back to over and over.

If you make this hamburger seasoning or any of the recipes listed here, please be sure to leave me a comment letting know what you think!

small, shallow blue dish with handles on a black surface, a tomato in the background, with good hamburger seasoning in the dish
up close of a hamburger made with the best hamburger seasoning, garnished with red onion, tomatoes, and lettuce on a bun held by a toothpick
5 from 9 votes

Hamburger Seasoning

Serves: 9 Tablespoons
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Hamburger Seasoning comes together with simple ingredients that you can already find in your pantry.  Add it to your hamburger patties for the best hamburger seasoning!  Make a big batch and have it on hand all grilling seasoning.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • To use on hamburgers, dived one pound of 80/20 ground chuck into four equal patties, indenting the middle for easier cooking.
  • Use one to two tablespoons (total for a pound of meat) of the hamburger seasoning and gently rub it into both sides of each hamburger patty. (Alternatively you could mix 1 to 2 tablespoons into the meat.)
  • Grill the patties over medium heat for 3 1/2 minutes on each side for medium doneness.
  • Store the rest of the mixture in an airtight container for up to six months.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
up close of a hamburger made with the best hamburger seasoning, garnished with red onion, tomatoes, and lettuce on a bun held by a toothpick

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  1. Rita Becker says

    Could one mix the seasoning right into the meat as apposed to just rubbing it on the outside?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried it that way yet, but I think it sounds delicious.

      • Sue Robbins says

        I would like to also know about how it would be to just mix in the hamburger meat, I am not much for grilling as I am cooking for one. I think I will try to find out how it will be. Thanks for any information. Sue

    • William says

      I’m going to try that.

      • Lisa Longley says

        Sorry, I tried it after this question was asked and it does work. However, you miss out on a nice little crispiness around the burgers.

        • William says

          I’m thinking heat the pan a little hotter.
          I want to try the mix on the outside briquet-fed grill.

        • Petunia53 says

          Maybe put a little less inside and still add some to the outside. Super Bowl Sunday 2020. Go 49ers!! ??

        • Cassandra says

          5 stars
          I cooked mine on the stove in a wide skillet. This is the best hamburger seasoning ever everything incorporates together nothin is strong Everything is balanced I love love this recipe Will use forever

    • Jeska says

      5 stars
      I mixed it into the meat. I added 3 Tbsp to 1 lb of meat. I then made 5 burgers. It was delicious! I also added bacon to the meat.

      • Lisa Longley says

        So glad you liked it Jeska!

    • Carl Pirro says

      Lisa, will make this seasoning this weekend. Sounds great. As usual thank you.

      • Lisa Longley says

        I hope you love it Carl!

  2. Petunia53 says

    Do you add 1 tablespoon of seasoning per patty or 1 tablespoon of seasoning for all four patties? Thank you!

  3. Debbie Aguilar says

    This looks great! Am wondering, is there something I could replace the brown sugar with? Trying to avoid sugars…. Thanks!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Debbie, I would have to play around with other options, but the brown sugar does a little caramelization that really brings this recipe home. I would hate for you to lose that.

  4. Sandra says

    5 stars
    I mix the seasoning in the hamburger, shape the patties and then freeze for use at the trailer. It’s delicious!!

  5. Krista says

    5 stars
    I have to admit I do not like eating burgers usually but with this seasoning…. game changer!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      That’s great Krista! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know!

  6. Monica Jenkins says

    Ok, I am going to the market to get a few of the spices and gonna try it shortly..im sure this is going to be delicious!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love them, Monica!

  7. Dalene says

    I want to do burgers for 25 people. How much of this season should I use to mix into the meat before making the patties and freezing them?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I figure about 1 pound of meat per 4 people. So that would be 6 1/4 pounds. If you round up to 7 pounds and make 3 extra burgers, that would be 7 tablespoons of seasoning or just under 1 batch of this recipe.

  8. Pam says

    I’m confused, is it 1TBSP per pound or per patty? On February 4, you replied per patty, then on Sept 2 you suggest 7 Tbsp for 7 pounds. Which is accurate?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, Pam. You’re right it’s written really poorly. It is 1 tablespoon per pound. That being said, there really is no need to measure when you are rubbing it into the surfaces of the patties.

  9. john claybern says

    will try later in the summer,will give you results

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