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Cooking Burgers

How to Cook Burgers

Americans love to cook burgers! A staple on every backyard grill and an easy-to-cook option for lunches and weeknight dinners, a great burger delivers that big beef flavor that everybody loves. But even this go-to favorite can benefit from a little cooking know-how.

 

There are so many questions surrounding the humble burger. How long to grill burgers? Is cooking burgers in the oven okay? How to cook burgers on the stove? What's the optimum burger grill time? How to season burgers? What's the best grill temp for burgers? Are pan-fried burgers even a thing? What skillet is best, non-stick or cast-iron?

 

Relax! We've figured out the very best ways to cook our classic Kansas City Steak Company® Steakburgers and we're happy to share what we've learned about how to grill, broil, or even oven-bake the ultimate burger. Just follow the instructions below and use a meat thermometer to make sure your burgers hit the ideal temperature. Soon you'll be enjoying the perfect burger with the perfect sear – juicy, tender and cooked just the way you like it!

How to Cook Burgers on the Grill

  • Thaw ground beef, pre-made beef patties or Steakburgers.
  • Bring the meat to room temperature. Remove ground beef or Steakburgers from the refrigerator 30-40 minutes before grilling.
  • Form beef into patties if needed and season burgers as desired; we recommend Kansas City Steak Original Steak Seasoning.
  • To cook on a charcoal grill, create a high heat zone directly over glowing, ash-covered coals and an indirect heat zone off to the side of the coals. Place burgers over the hottest part of the grill, and sear both sides for 1 minute. Move burgers to indirect heat and continue to grill. For well done burgers, cook 6-8 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • To cook on a gas grill, preheat grill with a high heat zone and an indirect or low heat zone. Place burgers over the hottest part of the grill, and sear both sides for 1 minute. Move burgers to indirect heat and continue to grill. For well done burgers, cook 6-8 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • While grilling, do not press burgers with a spatula. Doing so will release the juices inside and result in a dry burger.
  • Rest your burgers for 5 minutes before serving, covering lightly with foil. The temperature of the meat will continue to rise about 5°F during this time (this is called "carryover cooking"). For well-done burgers, the final temperature will read 165°F.
  • Resting burgers is also important because the heat of cooking pulls the juices in the meat toward the surface; if you slice into it immediately after cooking, those flavorful juices will end up on your plate, not in your burger. Allowing your burger to rest will give the juices time to sink back in and throughout the meat, keeping it moist and flavorful.

How to Cook Burgers in the Oven

  • Thaw ground beef, pre-made beef patties or Steakburgers.
  • Bring the meat to room temperature. Remove ground beef or Steakburgers from the refrigerator 30-40 minutes before cooking.
  • Form beef into patties if needed and season burgers as desired; we recommend Kansas City Steak Original Steak Seasoning.
  • Set oven for broil and preheat 10 minutes. During broiling, the door of an electric oven should be left ajar; the door of a gas oven should remain closed (consult your owner's manual).
  • Place burgers on the rack of a broiler pan. Position broiler pan in oven so that the surface of the beef is 3 to 4 inches from the heat. For well done burgers, broil for approximately 6-8 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • Rest your burgers for 5 minutes before serving, covering lightly with foil. The temperature of the meat will continue to rise about 5°F during this time (this is called "carryover cooking"). For well-done burgers, the final temperature will read 165°F.
  • Resting burgers is also important because the heat of cooking pulls the juices in the meat toward the surface; if you slice into it immediately after cooking, those flavorful juices will end up on your plate, not in your burger. Allowing your burger to rest will give the juices time to sink back in and throughout the meat, keeping it moist and flavorful.

How to Cook Burgers on the Stove

  • Thaw ground beef, pre-made beef patties or Steakburgers.
  • Bring the meat to room temperature. Remove ground beef or Steakburgers from the refrigerator 30-40 minutes before cooking.
  • Form beef into patties if needed and season burgers as desired; we recommend Kansas City Steak Original Steak Seasoning.
  • Heat a heavy nonstick skillet or cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot, for about 5 minutes. A very hot pan delivers the best sear.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoon of vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the skillet, then immediately place burgers in the hot skillet. Do not overcrowd. Do not cover.
  • Flip the burgers 1-2 times, cooking until internal temperature reaches 160°F for well done burgers.
  • Rest your burgers for 5 minutes before serving, covering lightly with foil. The temperature of the meat will continue to rise about 5°F during this time (this is called "carryover cooking"). For well-done burgers, the final temperature will read 165°F.
  • Resting burgers is also important because the heat of cooking pulls the juices in the meat toward the surface; if you slice into it immediately after cooking, those flavorful juices will end up on your plate, not in your burger. Allowing your burger to rest will give the juices time to sink back in and throughout the meat, keeping it moist and flavorful.

Cooking Times

for Burgers

Remember to fully thaw your burgers. The FDA recommends cooking burgers to no less than well done - 165°. Other cooking times are listed below. Remember to cook your burgers to an internal temperature that is 5° less than the temperatures listed. They will continue to warm about 5° when they rest after cooking.

The Grill
Gas Grill Charcoal Grill
Medium1/2 inch
3/4 inch

7-9 mins
10-12 mins

7-9 mins
10-12 mins
Medium-Well1/2 inch
3/4 inch

8-10 mins
11-13 mins

8-10 mins
11-13 mins
Well1/2 inch
3/4 inch

10-12 mins
13-15 mins

10-12 mins
13-15 mins
The Stove Or Oven
Skillet Broil
Medium1/2 inch
3/4 inch

8-10 mins
11-13 mins

7-10 mins
10-12 mins
Medium-Well1/2 inch
3/4 inch

9-11 mins
12-14 mins

8-11 mins
11-13 mins
Well1/2 inch
3/4 inch

11-13 mins
14-16 mins

10-13 mins
13-15 mins

Measuring Doneness

    The FDA recommends that burgers be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165°, well done. Other temperatures are listed below. Remember to cook your burgers to an internal temperature that is 5° less than the temperatures listed. They will continue to warm about 5° when they rest after cooking.

  • 1 Rare

    125°F - Center is bright red; pinkish towards the outside

  • 2 Medium-Rare

    135°F - Center is very pink; slightly brown towards the outside

  • 3 Medium

    145°F - Center is light pink; outer portion is brown

  • 4 Medium-Well

    155°F - Center is slightly pink; outer portion is brown

  • 5 Well

    165°F - Uniformly brown throughout

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