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Hamburgers in the Oven

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Burgers are delicious cooked in any method, but baking them in the oven is perhaps the easiest way to prepare a flavorful dinner without having to stand over a hot stove or grill.

Once you master the technique of making baked cast iron hamburger patties—or cheeseburgers, if you prefer—you might find yourself including this recipe in your dinner rotation every week.

burger stacked with favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef (we use 96% lean)
  • Your preferred seasoning
  • Hamburger buns
  • Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise (or other condiments)
  • toppings: Fresh lettuce, Fresh sliced tomato, Cheese slices (optional)

How to Make a Hamburger in the Oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Prepare the skillet or baking dish by lightly greasing it with nonstick cooking spray.

Form the patties: Divide the ground beef into four equal parts. Shape each portion into a patty either with your hands or using a patty shaper.

burgers in a cast iron pan.

Season the patties generously with your chosen seasoning. If you’re using something like McCormick’s hamburger seasoning, it already contains a balanced mix of spices perfect for burgers. Salt and black pepper are also great choices. Make sure to season BOTH SIDES of the burger.

Bake the patties: Place them in the skillet or baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until they reach your desired doneness. See the chart for varying temperatures.

If you want cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on each patty immediately after taking them out of the oven. Place the skillet back in the turned-off oven for 2-3 minutes. You can also melt cheese by adding a lid or aluminum foil to the pan and letting the heat circulate.

seasoning and cooking burgers in a cast iron pan.

Assemble the burgers: Place each patty on a bun. Add lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and your favorite condiments.

Serve immediately.

Remember that burgers will keep cooking even after they are removed from the oven. If you have a specific doneness preference, take them out a few minutes before they reach your desired internal temperature.

Doneness Chart for Baked Hamburgers

Please note that burger doneness is a matter of personal preference. For instance, I prefer mine medium, while my mom likes hers well-done, with a blackened crust.

Below, I’ve included a simple cooking chart that should suit most ovens. However, the most reliable way to determine the doneness of a burger is by using an internal meat thermometer.

DonenessInternal Temp.
Rare120°F – 125°F
(8-10 min)
Medium Rare130°F – 135°F
(10-12 min)
Medium140°F – 145°F
(12-15 min)
Medium Well150°F – 155°F
(15-18 min)
Well Done160°F and above
(18-22 min)
estimated time for burger doneness

A few tips for perfect burgers:

  • For juicier burgers, avoid pressing down on the patties while they’re cooking, as this can squeeze out the natural juices.
  • Keep in mind that ovens vary not only in how they heat but also factors like burger thickness and the pan’s proximity to the heat source, can affect the cooking.
  • We highly recommend a hamburger press. They come in different sizes and keep burgers uniform for cooking. You can typically get one at places like Walmart, or here is one on Amazon that can be there to you in a few days!
a bite out of a burger.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to ensure my burgers are evenly cooked?

Make sure each patty is the same thickness and size. This helps them to cook at the same rate. Also, avoid opening the oven door frequently, as this can cause temperature fluctuations.

What side dishes go with Hamburgers?

As a side dish recipe site, we know that a hamburger is the perfect lunch or dinner to pair with favorite pasta salads and dips. Our favs below:

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Cooking Hamburgers in Oven


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Learn how to make hamburgers in the oven for an easy, flavorful, and delicious dinner any night of the week.

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • seasoning of your choice
  • hamburger buns

Toppings

  • condiments ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise
  • fresh lettuce
  • fresh sliced tomato
  • 4 slices cheese optional for cheeseburger

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Lightly grease an ovenproof skillet or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

How to make Oven Baked Burgers

  • Divide the ground beef into four equal portions.
  • Shape each portion into a patty using either a patty shaper or your hands.
  • Place the patties in the cast iron pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes (or depending on the doneness; see chart in notes). Remove from oven and separate burgers.
  • If adding cheese, place a slice on each patty and return to the turned-off oven. Let stand for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Place each burger on a bun. Top with your favorite condiments, lettuce, and tomato slices. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Tip: You can assemble burgers with cheese, place them in a bun, and wrap them with aluminum foil. This will trap the heat and melt the cheese in just a few minutes without putting them back in oven.
  • The best way to ensure your burgers are cooked to your liking is to use a meat thermometer. Please refer to the doneness chart below.
Doneness Level Internal Temp. Estimated Time
Rare 120-125°F 8-10 min.
Medium Rare 130-135°F 10-12 min.
Medium 140-145°F 12-15 min.
Medium Well 150-155°F 15-18 min.
Well Done 160°F and above 18-22 min.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 480kcal

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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