Stovetop Burgers – How to Cook Burgers on the Stove

Burgers are one of the most popular and delicious dishes all around the world. They are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a quick lunch, dinner, or a party. While many people prefer to grill their burgers, there are many advantages to cooking them on the stove. Cooking burgers on the stovetop is quick, easy, and requires minimal preparation. In this article, we will discuss how to cook burgers on the stove.



➤ To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:



▢1 pound ground chuck 80%-85% lean

▢kosher or sea salt to taste

▢freshly ground black pepper to taste

▢4 slices American or Cheddar Cheese

▢4 Burger Buns

Optional Toppings

▢condiments of choice such as ketchup, mustard, and mayo. Toppings such as lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.



➤ To make the best Stovetop Burgers:



Place ground chuck in a medium-size mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Mix gently to combine, but don’t overwork the meat.



Divide the meat into four equal portions.


Place one portion on a plate and gently press it into a 1-inch thick, round patty. (The patty should NOT be smooth – leave some craggy edges and don’t press it too flat.)


With your thumb or fingers, press a “moat”, approximately ¼-½ inch from the edge, around the circumference of the burger – be sure the edge of the burger is a little higher than the indentation.


This will ensure the burger will flatten out while cooking. Repeat this process with each portion.

Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat.


When the pan is hot, carefully place the patties in the skillet (no need to grease skillet) leaving some space between each patty.



Cook the burgers until nicely seared and they have browned halfway up the sides.


Flip the burgers and cook to your liking. (*NOTE – To ensure all bacteria has been killed, the FDA recommends cooking burgers to an internal temperature of 160°F.)


If adding cheese: remove the pan from the heat and place the cheese atop the burgers. Cover the skillet and allow the residual heat/steam to melt the cheese.


Serve on toasted buns topped with your favorite toppings.





➤ Becky’s Tips:


  • Don’t press down on the burgers with a spatula while they’re cooking. This will cause the juices to escape, resulting in a dry burger.
  • If you’re cooking multiple burgers, consider covering the skillet with a lid for the first few minutes of cooking. This will help trap the heat and cook the burgers more evenly.
  • Use a cast-iron skillet if you have one. Cast iron retains heat well and will give the burgers a nice sear.
  • Experiment with different seasonings and toppings to find your favorite burger combination.



➤ Nutrition Information:


One serving of this stovetop burger recipe (including a bun and toppings) contains approximately:


Calories: 550

Protein: 28g

Fat: 34g

Carbohydrates: 29g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 5g

Sodium: 666mg


Remember, these values may vary depending on the type of bun and toppings you use. If you’re looking to make this recipe more nutritious, consider using a whole wheat bun and topping your burger with veggies like lettuce, tomato, and onion.



In conclusion, cooking burgers on the stovetop is a great way to enjoy this classic American food year-round. With just a few simple steps, you can have a delicious, juicy burger in no time. So fire up your skillet, grab some ground beef, and get cooking!



That’s it, all you have to do is Enjoy !


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