How to Cook a Burger in a Pan: A Step-by-Step Guide

Cooking a burger in a pan is a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious homemade burger without having to fire up the grill. In this article, we will go over the step-by-step process of cooking a burger in a pan, as well as some tips and variations to help you achieve the perfect burger every time.


  • Ground beef (80/20 lean to fat ratio is best for burgers)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional seasonings (such as garlic powder, onion powder, or Worcestershire sauce)
  • Burger buns
  • Toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomato, cheese, etc.)

Step 1: Form the Patties

  • Take the ground beef out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Divide the ground beef into equal portions (about 1/4 pound each for a standard burger) and shape each portion into a patty.
  • Use your thumb to make a slight indentation in the center of each patty. This will help the patty cook evenly and prevent it from puffing up in the center.
  • Season both sides of the patty with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings you like)

Step 2: Heat the Pan

  • Heat a skillet or a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the skillet is hot, add a small amount of oil (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan)

Step 3: Cook the Burgers

  • Carefully place the patties in the skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side for a medium-rare burger, or 5-6 minutes per side for a medium burger.
  • If you want to add cheese, place a slice on top of the patty during the last minute of cooking.
  • Use a spatula to flip the patties, being careful not to press down on them as this will release the juices and make the burgers dry.

Step 4: Assemble the Burgers

  • While the burgers are cooking, you can prepare the buns and toppings.
  • Once the burgers are cooked to your liking, remove them from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes.
  • Assemble the burgers by placing the patty on the bottom bun and adding your desired toppings.
  • Serve the burgers while they are still warm.

Tips and Variations:

  • To add extra flavor to your burgers, you can add seasonings to the ground beef before shaping it into patties.
  • For a juicier burger, try adding a small amount of butter to the skillet before cooking.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese and toppings to create unique flavor combinations.
  • For a crispier crust, you can use a cast-iron pan.
  • You can also cook the burger patty in a grill or oven


Cooking a burger in a pan is a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious homemade burger without having to fire up the grill. With a little bit of practice and some creativity, you’ll be able to make the perfect burger every time. Remember to use high-quality ingredients, season the patty, and cook it to the desired level of doneness. And most importantly, have fun and enjoy your homemade burger!