How to Make the Best Hamburgers in the World

Okay, it’s not really bicycling related but after a hard ride, one of the best things in the world is a burger and a beer. I’ve spent years perfecting a method for making the best hamburgers in the world so I thought I would pass it along. Now, believe it or not, this technique doesn’t involve grilling the burgers and some purists will cry foul but give it a try and I bet you will never go back to a grilled burger.

Burgers cooking in their own juices in a cast iron pan on a bbq

Burgers can be cooked this way on a griddle or on a bbq – the choice is yours. I use the bbq during the warm months, but during the winter I use a griddle. The results are pretty much the same.

  1. Get the griddle good and hot, or if you are using a bbq (either gas or charcoal) fire it up. If you’re using a bbq, put a big cast iron frying pan with a bit of oil in it on the grill.
  2. Roll ground beef into loose balls. Don’t squeeze the beef too tightly – you want the burgers to be a bit crumbly. I prefer regular  ground beef but some people use lean beef to reduce the fat. When you use regular ground beef a lot of fat gets cooked out the meat and the burgers deep fry in their own juices making them incredibly juicy and crispy.
  3. Flatten the burgers out so they’re about 1/4″ thick.
  4. If you want, season the burgers with whatever you prefer. I like to sprinkle mine with Hy’s Steak Seasoning.
  5. If you’re using a griddle, throw the burgers on. If you’re using a bbq and frying pan, put the burgers in the pan.
  6. If you like fried onion on your burger, cut some up and throw it on the griddle or in the frying pan with the burgers.
  7. Once the undersides of the burgers are nice and brown and crispy, flip them.
  8. If you like cheeseburgers, cut some cheddar or cheese slices on the burgers and let it melt.
    juicy cheeseburgers cooking on the griddle
  9. Cut hamburger buns in half and put the bottoms on top of the cooking burgers. Put the tops cut side down on the griddle or on the bbq grill. If using a bbq, be careful not to burn the buns because they’ll toast very quickly. The buns on the griddle will absorb some of the grease and toast up nicely.
  10. Put the bun tops on top of the bottoms that are already sitting on the burgers and let the steam coming off of the burgers make them warm and moist. If you want, you can put a metal bowl over the cooking burgers to steam the buns even more.
    juicy burgers on the grill with buns steaming on top
  11. Once the undersides of the burgers are nice and brown, pick them up with a flipper, put some caramelized onions and the bun top on, and you’re ready to eat (or add whatever condiments you like).

If you try this method and you don’t think that these are the best hamburgers in the world, let me know.  I’m seriously thinking about buying a food truck and hitting the streets with these things. Maybe I’ll be coming to a mountain bike race near you.

If you have a favourite post ride snack or meal, post a comment and share it with the rest of us.


I'm a writer, social media marketer, and bike nut from Kelowna, BC, Canada. I got serious about cycling in about 1980 and have a special fondness for bikes made during that decade. I enjoy researching and writing about all bikes, but especially those made by small builders, many of whom only built bikes for a few years.

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