How to Cook Burgers in the Oven

Why Bake Burgers?

Less Mess: No stovetop splatters and easier cleanup.

Controlled Cooking: Ovens provide more consistent heat, promoting even cooking.

Hands-Off: Great for when you’re short on time or multitasking in the kitchen.

Equipment

  • Baking sheet or broiler pan
  • Oven-safe wire rack (recommended for best results)
  • Meat thermometer

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 ½ pounds ground beef (80/20 or 85/15 best for juicy burgers)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings: cheese slices, sliced onion, etc.

Instructions

1. Preheat Oven and Prep Baking Sheet:

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
  • If you have a wire rack that fits the sheet, place it on top. This helps with drainage and air circulation for better browning.

2. Shape Patties:

  • Gently divide the ground beef into equal portions (around 4-6 ounces depending on desired burger size).
  • Form each portion into a patty slightly wider than your burger buns, as they tend to shrink a bit while cooking.
  • Make a shallow dimple in the center of each patty to prevent them from doming up too much.

3. Season: Season the patties liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.

4. Bake:

  • Place the patties on the prepared baking sheet (with or without the rack).
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a patty reads 160°F (71°C) for medium.
  • Note: Flip halfway through for even browning if not using a wire rack.

Finishing Touches (Optional)

  • In the last 1-2 minutes of cooking, add cheese slices to melt directly on the burgers.
  • If you like toasted buns, you can lightly toast them under the broiler or in a toaster oven while the burgers finish.

Rest and Assemble

  • Let the burgers rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Build your burgers with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Tips

Fat Matters: For juicy oven-baked burgers, don’t use leaner ground beef than 80/20.

Personalize It: Add seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or a dash of Worcestershire sauce to the ground beef for extra flavor.

Avoid Overhandling: Handle the meat gently when forming patties to avoid tough burgers.

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