How to Cook a Hamburger: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Cook a Hamburger: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Cook a Hamburger: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

The cheeseburger is a favorite snack of many people. The meat can be grilled, fried or roasted, and this delicacy can be found in any corner or cafeteria. For something tastier, try a homemade recipe.


  • 450 g of ground beef (about 15% fat).
  • 6 hamburger buns.
  • 1 egg yolk.

Recommended seasonings:

  • 1/2 small onion.
  • Ketchup (optional).
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional).
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard (optional).
  • 1 clove of garlic (optional).
  • Chopped fresh herbs (optional).
  • Salt and pepper to taste).

Recommended coverages:

  • 2 thin slices of tomato (optional).
  • 6 slices of cheese (optional).
  • Lettuce leaves (optional).
  • Ketchup and mayonnaise on the table.


Cook a Cheeseburger Step 1

Step 1. Start with tender meat

Ask the butcher to grind a lean meat with about 15% fat. (If the meat is fatter, the liquid will drip from the meat and create flames; less, it will dry out.) If possible, buy this ingredient on the day of preparation.

Ask to grind the meat twice

Cook a Cheeseburger Step 2

Step 2. Place it in a bowl

Step 3. Chop the garlic and onion

Place in bowl and mix well.

Add any of the other ingredients you like - Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard and chopped herbs

Step 4. Place the yolk

Season with salt and pepper and stir everything.

Step 5. Mix well

It's easier to start with a spoon and then use clean hands to thoroughly incorporate the ingredients.

Step 6. Form the hamburgers

Handle the meat as little as possible so as not to eliminate its juices.

  • Make six equal balls using your hands.
  • Press to form hamburgers about 1.30 cm thick. Also press your thumb in the center to make a shallow hole. This will prevent it from swelling, which would leave the meat undercooked.

Step 7. Place the hamburgers on a plate

Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to a few hours to make the meat firmer and easier to cook. It's easier to work with the cold hamburger.

Step 8. Choose the cooking method

You can use the grill, the skillet or even the barbecue. Meat can also be roasted. The method will depend on the appliance available and the flavor and texture you prefer. Regardless, after taking the hamburgers out of the fridge, rub a little oil or melted butter over them.

  • Grill: preheat on medium setting. If it has a tray, line it with aluminum foil for easy cleaning. Put the hamburgers to cook. Leave 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked.
  • Frying pan: add oil or butter to the skillet and fry the hamburgers well. Use low heat and a longer cooking time so that the meat is fully cooked.
  • Barbecue: cook normally like a steak.
  • Oven: place the hamburgers in the oven at 180 °C for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness. In half the time, turn them over. Test regularly to see if they are ready.
Cook a Cheeseburger Step 9

Step 9. While the hamburgers are cooking, prepare the toppings:

  • Wash lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Break the buns and slice the tomatoes very thin.
  • Put the ketchup and mayonnaise on the table for people to use only if they want.

Step 10. Assemble each sandwich and enjoy


  • If the buns are becoming shriveled, toast them before using.
  • Serve with French fries, onion rings or other side dishes, along with a soda.
  • Mix meat with eggs and breadcrumbs in a bowl before forming hamburgers. This will make them more delicious and prevent them from falling apart.
  • If using sesame bread, toast with the sesame side up. The taste will be great.
  • Try mixing meat with onion soup to create a stronger flavor.


  • Cook the hamburger well. Even if you prefer undercooked meat, this increases your risk of food poisoning. The hamburger needs to reach a certain temperature, for a specific period of time, to kill any bacteria that might be in the meat.
  • Remember to wash your hands after handling raw meat.

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