The Best Burger {And Secret Sauce Recipe}

Learn how to grill the BEST Burgers!  They have such amazing flavor and don’t forget the secret sauce!

Two large hamburgers on a black plate.

The Best Grilled Burger {And Secret Sauce Recipe} 

Two BBQ’s in a weekend. Did I mention we love to BBQ? And also I think there is a rule somewhere that you have to have a BBQ on Memorial Day. The hubs said he wanted to grill some burgers, so I wanted to put this one to the test. I know that it is harder for a burger to stay in tact on the grill, so I put down aluminum foil sprayed with some cooking spray to grill the burgers on. Then once they started to get cooked, remove the aluminum foil so that the burgers could get that charbroiled taste. Well the burgers still ended up in pieces. Grrrrr. Once we got the pieces onto the bun, the flavor of the burger was delicious. And the secret sauce is sooooo good.

What is the secret sauce

This sauce is something that everyone needs in their life. It is just that good. And the best thing about it is it’s extremely simple. This mixture consists of some of your normal go to dips and combines them together to make a unique flavor that you just won’t be able to get enough of. 

What do you need to make the best burger patty 

There are few things in this world that can top a perfectly good burger patty. And this is one of those recipes that is at the top of the list. Perfect for your bbqs, weeknight dinners, or even lunch, these burgers are quick to make and filled with flavor. 

The savory taste of a juicy burger is made with these ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef- I used 85/15- you want a fattier meat to make a juicier burger!
  • Monterey jack cheese- I prefer to use this, if you have something else on hand or like, this is a simple substitution 
  • BBQ sauce- Helps create that savory flavor
  • Salt- Just to taste
  • Cracked black pepper- Also just to taste 
  • Onion powder- Helps give a bit of a smoky flavor 

How to Make the Best Burger Patty:

This is definitely a great go-to recipe when you are in charge of hosting the next family bbq. Easy to throw together especially if needing to make plenty to feed everyone! 

  1. Combine the ground beef, grated cheese, bbq sauce, and seasonings.
  2. Shape patties that are about 1 inch thick. With the 1 pound of ground beef I made 5 large patties.
  3. Turn the grill up to high and let it get hot.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-high and place the burgers on the grill. Allow this side of the patty to cook for about 4-6 minutes, but make sure it doesn’t burn. Then flip the burger over and cook until done.
The process of making the hamburger patty.

What to serve with the best burger and secret sauce:

When it comes to completing this meal, it is all in the toppings! There are so many different options you have to garnish your burger with. You have all your veggies, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, avocado, cheese and more.

As far as sides go there are a variety of things that pair well with a burger. You have the choice of fries, chips, salad, green or potato, a fruit salad, fresh veggies, and whatever else you love having at your bbqs! 

What are some tips and tricks for making the best burger

There are so many different ways one can go about cooking their burger. This recipe is all about grilling them at your bbq so you can get that smokey charbroiled taste. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you are preparing your burgers for your next meal! 

  • Make sure that you prepare your toppings before cooking the burgers so they are all ready to go as soon as the burgers come off the grill
  • Remembering to shape your patties about 1” wider that the buns will help because once they are on the grill they will shrink.
  • Do not overwork the meat
  • It helps if you make an indentation in the center of the patty to prevent it from rising and plumping up right in the middle. 
  • Seasoning the burgers with salt and pepper right before you place them on the grill helps toughen the meat
  • When you place the patties on the grill, let them sear well and brown(takes about 3-5 mins) before you flip them and do not press down on the burger. 

More Burger Recipes Perfect for Summer:

Two large hamburgers on a large black plate.
 

The Best Burger & Secret Sauce Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 5 Hamburgers

Learn how to grill the BEST Burgers!  They have such amazing flavor and don’t forget the secret sauce!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword hamburger recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef I used 85/15- you want a fattier meat to make a juicier burger!
  • sesame seed buns
  • 1/2 cup Monterrey jack cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • salt to taste
  • cracked black pepper
  • onion powder

Secret Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup of mayo
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • seasoned salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the ground beef, grated cheese, bbq sauce, and seasonings.
  2. Shape patties that are about 1 inch thick. With the 1 pound of ground beef I made 5 large patties.
  3. Turn grill up to high and let it get hot.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-high and place the burgers on the grill. Allow this side of the patty to cook for about 4-6 minutes, but make sure it doesn’t burn. Then flip the burger over and cook until done.
  5. For the sauce: Combine all ingredients and whisk until well mixed. Taste and adjust ingredients to your liking.
  6. Assemble the burgers and serve with the special sauce, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles and your other favorite hamburger toppings!

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Nutrition Facts

Serves: 5

Calories555kcal (28%)Carbohydrates13g (4%)Protein19g (38%)Fat47g (72%)Saturated Fat13g (65%)Cholesterol89mg (30%)Sodium790mg (33%)Potassium389mg (11%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar9g (10%)Vitamin A223IU (4%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium115mg (12%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. To make sure the burgers don’t fall apart try this: make them into a patty and in between burgers put wax paper/parchment paper and put in the frig for 20 minutes or so. Everytime we do this our burgers do not fall apart.

  2. It’s the BBQ sauce in the burger that makes it fall apart. I have used it before and you can only put a very small amount otherwise it is way too moist. It gives it a great flavor though!

  3. Agree with Michelle…too much BBQ sauce made them fall apart. Reduce it to 2 tablespoons and you should be golden. I like putting 2 tbl of beef broth in my burgers. Makes them nice and moist and very tasty. You can use pretty much a couple of tablespoons of whatever liquid. Mixing up some honey and soy sauce, with some fresh squeezed lemon or lime (to your taste) is nice too. Mix it with your burger and use what’s left to baste the burgers while grilling…YUM!

  4. A dry BBQ rub will do better in the burgers. I use strawberrys BBQ rub but any of them will do. A sweet and smokey flavor is the best though I have found. And your burgers will stay together .

  5. These are the best burgers the sauce was excellent. Rave reviews by my husband asking when I am going to make them again. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe,

  6. One tip that might help your burger stay together. Don’t add BBQ sauce to your meat mixture. Instead, brush your burger with it. Works for me every time.

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