how long does it take to cook beef burgers

How to cook burgers on the grillMedium-rare: 6–7 minutes total.Medium: 7–8 minutes total.Medium-well: 9 minutes total.Well-done: 10 minutes total.

  1. Medium-rare: 6–7 minutes total.
  2. Medium: 7–8 minutes total.
  3. Medium-well: 9 minutes total.
  4. Well-done: 10 minutes total.

Stovetop Burgers are easier than you think! Learning how to cook the perfect burgers on the stove means you can make this easy dinner anytime of year. Form simply-seasoned burger patties, pan-fry them in a skillet, and find the exact cooking time and temperature to make sure you get it right. You’ll be cooking the best hamburgers and cheeseburgers, with your toppings of choice, each and every time!

How long do you cook burgers on the stove? (medium-rare to well-done)

From medium-rare to well-done, here are the internal temperatures and cooking times (per side and total) when making burgers in a skillet. (See our Burger Temperature Chart for even more info!)

Doneness Color Internal Temp Cook Time (per side) Cook Time (total)
Medium-Rare red in the middle 130-135F 3 minutes 6 minutes
Medium pink in the middle 145F 3-4 minutes 7-8 minutes
Medium-Well smidge of pink 150-155F 4-5 minutes 9 minutes
Well-Done no pink 160-165F 5 minutes 10 minutes

Note: The FDA officially recommends that hamburgers be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure all bacteria is killed. If you choose to do more of a Medium cook, be sure you’re using the freshest beef or even making your own ground beef!

how long does it take to cook beef burgers

Add salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you want to add directly into a mixing bowl with the ground chuck. Mix enough to evenly distribute the seasoning, but don’t overwork it. Some common seasonings (besides salt and pepper) are garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and oregano.

Burgers should be cooked between 135-160F, depending on your preferred doneness level. Check the burger cooking chart above for specifics.

To turn a hamburger into a cheeseburger, simply add a slice of cheese on top of the burger patty right after it’s done cooking. Remove the pan from heat and place a lid on top. The leftover heat will create steam and melt the cheese.

I don’t recommend cooking burgers directly from frozen on the stovetop. Instead, defrost patties in the fridge before cooking.

I recommend making burger patties about 1-inch thick. If it’s too thick, it will get dry and crispy on the outside before cooking through fully in the center.

Combine seasonings with ground chuck, divide the meat into 4 equal parts, then use your hands to loosely form each ball of beef into a round patty–it does’t need to be perfect.

Butter will create a richer flavor and give you a more traditionally pan-fried result. But oil is a great option as well.

I recommend using an instant read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature at the center of each patty to be sure it’s properly cooked.

how long does it take to cook beef burgers

What Kind of Ground Beef to Use

It’s true that fat = flavor, but I prefer to use lean ground beef for oven baked burgers. The patties don’t shrink and there’s less mess. Actually there’s zero mess, like I mentioned! I tested these burgers with 90/10 and 97/3 ground beef and preferred 90/10. Both fat blends came out extremely tender and juicy, but the 90/10 had a bit more flavor.

If you decide to go with a fattier ground beef, I’d place the burger patties on a wire rack on the baking sheet so they don’t sit in grease.

Like I said, I like to spend the 20 minutes the burgers take to bake to make a side dish – usually a fresh and healthy salad, although these french fries and sweet potato fries are pretty irresistible – and prep the burger toppings. Here are our favorite toppings:

  • Sauted garlic butter mushrooms
  • Oven Bacon
  • Sliced white onion or red onion
  • Fresh tomato
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise (TRY IT!)

How to Store and Reheat

Once cooked, let burgers cool to room temperature. Store them in a resealable bag, airtight container, or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

For best results, reheat burgers in a non-stick pan on the stovetop until they are fully heated through. Try adding about 3 tablespoons of water to the pan to create steam–this will keep the patties from drying out.

How to cook burgers on the grillMedium-rare: 6–7 minutes total.Medium: 7–8 minutes total.Medium-well: 9 minutes total.Well-done: 10 minutes total.

FAQ

How long to cook beef burgers in pan?

Cooking your burgers Pop your burgers on the barbecue or in a hot, non-stick frying pan with a little oil. Cook for 5-6 mins on each side for medium and 8-9 mins on each side for well done. The NHS Live Well website recommends not leaving any pink meat in your burger.

How long to cook a beef burger on each side?

Place the burgers on the hot grill and cook for 3-5 minutes to sear on the bottom. Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes on the other side, until you reach your desired degree of doneness. Plan on 5-6 minutes total for rare, 6-7 minutes total for medium-rare, 8-9 minutes total for medium, and 9+ minutes for well-done.

How long do I cook burgers on the stove?

Cooking hamburger patties on a stove typically takes about 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, 4-5 minutes per side for medium, and 5-6 minutes per side for well-done. It’s important to ensure that the internal temperature of the patties reaches 160°F (71°C) to ensure they are safe to eat.

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