How Long to Cook a Burger? Here is the Right Time

Cooking a burger to perfection can be a tricky task, as the cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the patty, the temperature of the grill or stove, and your desired level of doneness. In this blog post, we will go over the factors that affect burger cooking time and provide a guide on how long to cook a burger for the perfect result.

Factors that Affect Burger Cooking Time:

  • Patty thickness: The thicker the patty, the longer it will take to cook. A 1/2-inch patty will take about 5-6 minutes per side to reach medium-rare, while a 3/4-inch patty will take about 8-9 minutes per side.
  • Temperature of the grill or stove: Cooking a burger on a hotter surface will reduce the cooking time. A burger cooked on a grill over high heat will take less time than one cooked on a stove over medium-high heat.
  • Desired level of doneness: The longer you cook a burger, the more well-done it will be. A rare burger will take less time to cook than a well-done burger.

Cooking Time for Different Levels of Doneness:

  • Rare: 3-4 minutes per side
  • Medium-rare: 4-5 minutes per side
  • Medium: 5-6 minutes per side
  • Medium-well: 6-7 minutes per side
  • Well-done: 7-8 minutes per side

It’s important to keep in mind that these times are approximate and may vary depending on the factors listed above. To ensure that your burger is cooked to your desired level of doneness, it’s best to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach the following for different doneness:

  • Rare: 120-125°F
  • Medium-rare: 130-135°F
  • Medium: 145°F
  • Medium-well: 150-155°F
  • Well-done: 160°F

Tips and Tricks

  • To avoid a dry burger, it’s best not to press down on the patty while it’s cooking. This will help to keep the juices inside the patty.
  • If you’re using a grill, be sure to preheat it to the correct temperature before cooking the burgers.
  • If you’re cooking a frozen patty, it will take longer to cook. Allow an additional 2-3 minutes per side.


Cooking a burger to perfection takes a little bit of practice, but with the right technique and some patience, you’ll be able to achieve a delicious and juicy burger every time. Remember to keep in mind the factors that affect cooking time, use a thermometer and most importantly, enjoy the process and the end result.