How to Make Burger Patties: A Step-by-Step Guide

Making burger patties at home is a simple and delicious way to enjoy the taste of freshly grilled burgers without having to go out to a restaurant. In this article, we will go over the ingredients, tools, and techniques needed to make the perfect burger patty.


  • Ground beef (80/20 lean-to-fat ratio is recommended for the juiciest patties)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Optional seasonings (such as garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, etc.)


  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Burger press or large cookie cutter
  • Grill or stovetop griddle


  1. Start by selecting the right type of ground beef. An 80/20 lean-to-fat ratio is recommended for the juiciest patties. You can also use ground turkey, chicken, or pork for a different flavor.
  2. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper to taste. You can also add other seasonings to the ground beef such as garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, etc. Mix the ingredients well with your hands.
  3. Divide the ground beef mixture into equal portions. You can use a burger press or a large cookie cutter to make the patties uniform in size and shape.
  4. Form the patties by pressing the ground beef mixture into the desired shape, making sure to press out any air pockets.
  5. Make a small indentation in the center of each patty using your thumb. This will prevent the patty from puffing up during cooking.
  6. Preheat your grill or stovetop griddle to medium-high heat.
  7. Grill or cook the patties for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, 4-5 minutes per side for medium, and 5-6 minutes per side for well-done.
  8. Let the patties rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

Tips and Tricks

  • To add extra flavor to your burgers, try brushing them with melted butter or oil before grilling.
  • Mixing in a small amount of breadcrumbs to the ground beef mixture can help to keep the burgers together and make them less delicate.
  • Experiment with different seasonings and ingredients to find the perfect flavor combination for your taste buds.


Making burger patties at home is a great way to enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal while controlling the quality and ingredients of your food. With the right ingredients, tools, and techniques, you can make perfect burger patties every time.