Table of Contents
  1. What is good-quality ground beef?
  2. The ingredients in these grilled burgers
  3. Watch how to make these grilled burgers
  4. The Best Grilled Burgers Recipe

A good burger should not be about additional ingredients that cover up nonexistent flavors. Instead, a good burger starts with good ground beef. Some people choose to have a special cut ground specifically for them by their butcher. That makes a burger slightly more time-consuming. Instead, choose to look for ground beef that is good quality.

What is good-quality ground beef?

When trying to find good-quality ground beef, look for grass-fed, sustainably raised beef. This kind of beef is often grown using regenerative farming practices. Grass-fed beef also has high omega fats, sometimes as high as wild-caught salmon. More importantly, the flavor will be unmatched.

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The ingredients in these grilled burgers

  • Ground beef is the entire point of burgers. For the best flavor, choose ground beef that’s 80-85% lean. The fat content is important to achieve juicy burgers. Fat also carries flavor and will result in a better-tasting burger.
  • Beef bouillon is a secret way to increase the natural beef flavor in the burgers. Personally, I look for the Better Than Bouillon brand beef base. This product is created in a stock that cooks beef with some vegetables. It’s then condensed to create rich beef bouillon.
  • Dried minced onion provides instant onion flavor without any crunchy raw onion. Raw onion in burgers often doesn’t fully cook on the grill, so this is a great alternative.
  • Neutral oil, such as grapeseed, canola, or vegetable oil, is an oil that has no flavor. Personally, I use avocado even though it does impart a bit of flavor. A little bit of oil provides richness to the meat and helps the burgers not to stick to the grill.
  • Salt is one of the most important ingredients. It seasons the meat and brings out more flavor than any other ingredient. Once the burgers are placed on the grill, make sure to salt the outside of the burger as well.

Summer is the time for grilling and grilling is for burgers. A good burger recipe will be with you for life and be used time and again. This recipe is simple, carefree, and full of flavor. I guess it’ll be with you for life!

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The Best Grilled Burgers

5 from 5 votes
There's nothing more quintessentially summer than a good grilled burger straight from the grill! This burger made entirely from beef is flavorful, juicy, and super delicious! If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing sandwich, this is the recipe to use!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 ¼-lb patties


  • 2 lb ground beef (80-85% lean)
  • 1 tbsp beef bouillon
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil


  • In a large bowl combine the ground beef, beef bouillon, dried minced onion, oil, salt, and pepper. Mix together, making sure the ingredients are well combined. Weigh out or visually create 6-8 equal balls, depending on the number of burgers desired. Press the balls into patties, about ½-inch thick. The patties can be made several hours in advance and kept in the refrigerator until ready to grill.
    2 lb ground beef (80-85% lean), 1 tbsp beef bouillon, 1 tbsp dried minced onion, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp neutral oil, ½ tsp pepper
  • Heat grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grates and place patties on the grate. Let cook for 3-5 minutes per side depending on personal preference. Once grilled, remove the burgers from the grill and serve.


Serving: 1pattyCalories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 0.2gProtein: 21.1gFat: 18.8gSaturated Fat: 6.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8.4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77.1mgSodium: 372.5mgPotassium: 339.1mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 4.6IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 18.2mgIron: 2.4mg
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Grilling

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these burgers for Memorial Day and they were delish! I topped them with just smoked pepper jack cheese and in between a whole wheat bun and I was so happy with how they turned out. Very flavorful and well worth making your own patties! Thanks, K

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Kaleb! I made these burgers last night they were amazing. I love watching your videos because even at 68 I learn something from you.
    I have never added the beef bouillon or the 2 Tbsp of oil to my meat before. The whole experience was delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I have made quite a few of your recipes.