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posted: 05/10/21

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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

As we head into 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.

One of my joys 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 best burger seasoning recipe totally fits the bill.

READER REVIEW

“This is the best hamburger seasoning ever. Everything incorporates together nothing is strong. Everything is balanced. I love love this recipe! Will use forever!”

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
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How To Season Burgers

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 hamburgers.

  • 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

FAQ

How much burger seasoning per pound?

You need 1 tablespoon of seasoning per 1 pound of hamburger.

How to use burger seasoning?

As you can see in the video and read in the recipe, we typically rub the seasoning on the outside of the burgers so it gets nice and crisp. But you could mix four tablespoons into the meat instead.

Can you use this on turkey burgers?

Absolutely! In fact we have a turkey burger recipe that uses the same seasoning mix.

small, shallow blue dish with handles on a black surface, a tomato in the background, with good hamburger seasoning in the dish

What to Serve with Grilled Hamburgers

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

  • Grilled Corn: Our very favorite side dish for grilling is corn, and we have a full post telling you how to make it to perfection.
  • 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!

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 14 votes

Burger 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, divided one pound of 80/20 ground chuck into four equal patties, indenting the middle for easier cooking.
  • Use one tablespoon (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 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

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  1. Jeanette says

    I made up a batch of the hamburger seasoning last night and just sprinkled a little and rubbed it on both sides of the burgers and it was really good. Have you used it on any other meats or recipes?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear you like it! I haven’t, only because I have a Chicken Rub I really like and I just developed a Pork Rub you can see in this BBQ Pulled Pork.

  2. Denise Kellum says

    For the person that was concerned about the brown sugar, I believe Swerve makes a brown sugar.That would be a good substitute for you.

  3. Autumn G. says

    My family loved this seasoning! I mixed mine into the patties as well as rubbed both sides…delish! As we move into the summer months this will be our go to for hamburgers:)

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  4. CINDY says

    Smoked paprika or sweet,, on the burger seasoning,,?it makes a big difference,,you recipes sound great, i just discovered your site! Making burgers tonight!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you found me! We have made it with both types of paprika and enjoy it both ways.

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