Juicy Burger Recipe

The best Juicy Burger recipe ever, hands down! Juicy, full of flavor and 100% gluten-free. These pork and beef burgers have feta cheese and the perfect combination of spices.  This is a good burger recipe for your next BBQ!

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In my house, the BBQ master is my husband Luigi.  He is handsome, fun and a good dad but he is also the creator of the Best Homemade Burger Recipe!  He has been working on this juicy burger recipe for quite some time now and has finally agreed to let me share with you all.

This is no ordinary beef burger recipe.  But what I can promise is it is 100% gluten-free.  I see no need to add breadcrumbs to burgers.  Meat, spices and a little secret ingredient is all you need.  In the end, you get a juicy burger worth keeping secret… until now.

Incidentally, he also loves to make this Honey Sriracha Grilled Chicken Thigh Recipe.

This recipe is made with lean ground beef, lean ground pork and a little feta and the perfect combination of simple spices. It’s a super easy make-ahead recipe that can be frozen for up to 2 months.

What Makes This Juicy Burger Recipe So Great?

  • Juicy Blend of Meats: Using a combination of lean ground beef and pork creates an incredibly flavorful and juicy burger patty.
  • Gluten-Free: This recipe skips the unnecessary breadcrumbs, making it a great option for those following a gluten-free diet.
  • Feta Cheese: The optional addition of crumbled feta cheese takes the burgers to the next level with its salty, tangy flavor.
  • Make-Ahead Convenience: These burgers can be prepped in advance and frozen for up to 2 months, making them a perfect option for easy weeknight meals or summer grilling.
Overhead shot of a burger on a table with potato chips

Ingredients for Juicy Beef and Pork Burgers

  • Lean Ground Beef – The base of these pork and beef burgers, providing a rich, beefy flavor.
  • Lean Ground Pork – Adding pork to the beef creates an incredibly juicy and flavorful patty.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – This umami-packed sauce enhances the overall flavor of the burgers.
  • Egg – Helps bind the burger mixture together.
  • Weber Burger Spice – A special seasoning blend that gives the burgers their signature taste.
  • Black Pepper – Adds a subtle heat and warmth.
  • Seasoning Salt – Balances the flavors and enhances the seasoning.
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese (optional) – An optional addition that provides a tangy, salty boost.

See the recipe card below for exact quantities.

Burger Toppings & Serving Ideas

These juicy burgers are delicious on their own, but they can also be dressed up with your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cheese, and condiments.

They’re equally tasty served on burger buns or wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves for a low-carb option.

Overhead shot of a plate of BBQ Hamburgers

How To Make This Juicy Burger Recipe

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the burger ingredients and mix gently until just combined.
  2. Scoop out 1 cup portions of the beef and pork mixture and shape into 1-inch thick patties, pressing a dimple into the center of each.
  3. Grill the burgers over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the juices run clear.
  4. During the last minute of cooking, add cheese if desired.
  5. Serve the burgers on buns or lettuce leaves with your preferred toppings.

Tips

Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years, particularly to help stop burger shrinkage!

  • Make oversized burgers. Make the hamburger patties about an inch in diameter larger than the finished size you are aiming for
  • Cook on medium heat on an open flame.  When you close the barbecue lid the barbecue is hotter than it looks on the temperature gauge.  High heat contributes to shrinkage.  Keep the lid of the barbecue open to maintain a medium level of heat.  I also find that keeping the lid open reduces the number of flare-ups too.
  • Dimple the burger. Make a dimple in the center of each burger before freezing or if you forget after the burgers thaw out a bit on the barbecue.  Just be careful not to burn yourself and use the back of the spoon.  Pushing the center of burgers in a little stops them from puffing up which also causes burger shrinkage

Storage

Store: Leftover cooked burgers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Freeze: For longer storage, these burgers freeze exceptionally well. Place the uncooked patties in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Once frozen solid, transfer the patties to a freezer-safe bag or container, separating each layer with wax paper. They will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Reheat: To reheat frozen burgers, you have a few options:

  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before grilling as directed.
  • Cook the frozen patties directly on the grill, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time to ensure they’re cooked through.
  • Thaw in the microwave using the defrost setting, then finish cooking on the grill or in a skillet.

No matter which reheating method you choose, be sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure the burgers reach an internal temperature of 160°F for food safety.

Pic of hamburgers on a bbq grill
Juicy Burger Recipe FAQs

What is the best bun for burgers?

The options are really pretty endless when it comes to burger buns. You can go with a traditional hamburger bun, or get fancy with brioche buns, potato rolls, challah buns, or even pretzel buns!

Can I use extra lean beef for this recipe?

I wouldn’t recommend using extra lean beef for these burgers. Fat is what provides the essential flavor and juiciness in a good juicy burger recipe. If the beef is too lean, the resulting patty is likely to be very dry and lacking in that signature burger taste. The recipe calls for a blend of lean ground beef and pork, which is the perfect balance to create a deliciously juicy and flavorful burger.

When is the best time to add the cheese on top?

For the best results, add any cheese toppings during the last minute of cooking the burgers. This allows the cheese to melt and get gooey without overcooking the patty. Simply place the cheese slices on top of the burgers and close the grill lid for about 60 seconds to let the cheese get nice and melty.

Can these be made stovetop?

Absolutely, you can absolutely make these burgers on the stovetop if you don’t have access to an outdoor grill. A cast iron skillet or heavy-duty pan works great. Just cook the patties over medium-high heat, flipping occasionally, until they reach your desired doneness. The benefit of using a pan is that it helps trap the juices that would otherwise drip away on a grill, keeping the burgers extra moist. This stovetop method is a fantastic option, especially during the cooler months when grilling outdoors may not be as convenient.

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The Best Homemade Burger Recipe Ever!

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
The best juicy burger recipe ever, hands down! Juicy, full of flavor, and 100% gluten-free. Made with lean beef, pork, feta cheese and the perfect combination of spices.  Perfect for your next BBQ!
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Barbecue
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 469 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs lean ground beef
  • lb lean ground pork
  • 1 ½ tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp Weber Burger Spice
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix using hands until well blended.  Do not over mix or burgers will become tough.
  • Scoop out 1 cup of beef mixture and roll into ball with hands.  Flatten into patty 1″ rounds and push a dimple into the centre of each patty with fingers.  
  • BBQ on medium high heat for 15 minutes or until juices run clear.  Keep lid of BBQ open.  In Canada most people like to eat our burgers well done so adjust accordingly.  It is said 2-3 minutes per side for rare.  Grill 2 to 3 minutes more for medium-rare burgers, 3 to 4 minutes more for medium, or 5 to 6 minutes more for well-done burgers. Add cheese during the last minute of cooking.
  • Serve on burger buns or lettuce leaves and top with your favourite toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burgerCalories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 1.4gProtein: 53.5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 521mgPotassium: 650mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 5.6mg
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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