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Easy Hamburgers in the Oven

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Hamburgers in the Oven Recipe: With optional ooey gooey cheese and the “melt-in-your-mouth” trick that makes all the difference!

Hamburgers in the oven - baked recipe with cheese

Hamburgers in the Oven

“Can I cook burgers in the oven?”

YES, and let me tell you… it may be your new favorite way to whip up this family favorite dinnertime go-to!

Not only does it make clean-up a breeze (no splattered grease popping all over the stovetop) but this recipe creates the juiciest burger, and has a trick that will keep you going back for more!

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Hamburger Recipe in the Oven

It’s incredibly easy to make baked hamburgers… and the best part? With the trick I’ll show you, you can even make these a little in advance in case you’re serving a big crowd, (like for a burger bar) or aren’t exactly sure what time dinner will actually be served.

How to Make Hamburgers in the Oven

As always, there’s a full, printable, recipe card at the bottom of this post, but I’d love to walk you through the recipe with photos and extra tips to help you make the best, baked hamburger recipe!

Preheat Oven:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and spray non-stick cooking spray inside of a baking dish, large enough to hold 4 hamburger patties.

4 Beef Hamburger Patties

Using 1 lb. of ground beef, patty out 4 hamburger patties.

Raw hamburger patties ready to bake

How to Season Hamburgers

In the BEST Cheeseburger recipe, you saw that I love to fry burgers in browned butter for flavoring and use salt and pepper to season.

HOWEVER, when it comes to baking hamburgers, I prefer to only use salt and pepper. BUT NOT JUST ANY salt and pepper…

Feel free to use what you have on hand, or your favorite salt and pepper, but I can’t help but recommend my favorites.

  • Fine Grain Himalayan Salt – When I started researching different salts for healthier options, my friend recommends this salt and I haven’t looked back. It is “saltier” so I don’t have to add as much when cooking, but it is also really tasty! I’m a big fan!
    However, feel free to use my other favorite, kosher salt, or any type of sea salt/table salt.
  • Peppercorn Medley – Oh my favorite pepper in all the land! I love using this with the BEST oven baked steak recipe, and anything “beef” related. You’d be surprised at how much flavor this pepper has over regular black pepper. HOWEVER, feel free to use regular ground black pepper too! It’s tasty too!
Seasoned hamburger patties with salt and pepper
I actually used regular black pepper for this photo, because I ran out of my favorite peppercorn medley earlier that day!

Season on Both Sides

Over the years, I’ve learned that I prefer when burgers are GENEROUSLY seasoned with salt and pepper.
(If I had to guess, I’d say I probably use a total of about 2 tsp of salt for the four burgers, and then I just make sure I can SEE black pepper all over my burgers.)

Just when you think it may be too much salt and pepper (because let’s face it… you can always add more, but you can’t really take it away) you can finally actually taste it.

So season as you desire, but if you find that your burgers didn’t have much flavor this time, add a little bit more next time.

When you’ve seasoned one side of the burgers, flip the seasoned side down in to the prepared baking dish and season the other side.

Flip the seasoned burgers over in to the baking dish and season the other side

How long does it take burgers to cook in the oven at 375?

Bake, uncovered in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until an inserted thermometer reaches 160 degrees.

Baked hamburgers in baking dish

Oven-Baked CHEESEBurgers

If you love cheese on your burgers, grab a slice of American cheese (or your favorite kind) and place one slice on each burger.

Place back in the oven for about one minute, or until the cheese has melted!

Cheese added to baked hamburgers

The Trick for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Burgers

When I started doing this for my burgers, I feel like I changed my family’s burger-lovin’ life.

When the cheese has melted, remove the baking dish from the oven.

Tear off 4 squares of aluminum foil (just large enough to wrap each individual burger).

How to make the BEST burger in the oven

Place the bottom portions of each bun on each sheet of foil, and build the burgers, WITHOUT the extra toppings. Just meat and cheese for now!

Build the cheeseburger and wrap in aluminum foil

Wrap up each burger, and place either in a different baking dish, a cookie sheet or even directly on the oven rack… and let heat in the oven for a 2-3 minutes.

Wrap cheeseburger in aluminum foil and place in oven to steam

This will allow the cheese and bun to steam/toast, to create the ooey-gooeyness that has become so hard to live without!

Melted cheese on baked hamburger

Making Hamburgers in Advance

If you’re cooking for a large crowd, or just want to make a batch early and keep warm until dinnertime, it’s easy!

Make the burgers like I’ve suggested, and keep the aluminum foil-wrapped burgers in the oven on warm. (Just don’t get the oven too hot, or your buns will get TOO toasty and become hard.)

When it’s cattle working day on my parent’s farm, I LOVE making these cheeseburgers, because even after making them at house, they’re still warm and delicious by the time I get them delivered to the cattle workers for lunchtime!

Hamburgers in the oven with cheese

Toppings for Burgers

Feel free to top your burgers with your favorite toppings! Honestly, when they’re cooked like this, I love them plain, with just cheese! (Unless I have some of the french fry seasoning that I’ve shared with you, under the recipe.)

But some of the standard favorite toppings are:

  • mustard
  • ketchup
  • onion
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • pickles
  • mayo
  • bacon
Hamburgers in the oven - baked recipe with cheese

Hamburgers in the Oven

Jessica Burgess
Hamburgers in the Oven Recipe: With optional ooey gooey cheese and the "melt-in-your-mouth" trick that makes all the difference!
5 from 43 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Optional Toasting 2 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 428 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 beef patties I use 1lb. of ground beef to make 4 patties
  • salt as desired – see blog post for tips
  • pepper as desired – see blog post for tips
  • 4 slices yellow American cheese if desired
  • 4 hamburger buns

Optional – For Toasting

  • aluminum foil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  • Generously season one side of the burgers with salt and pepper
  • Place burger patties in baking dish, spice side down.
  • Sprinkle more salt and pepper on each hamburger
  • Bake in oven for 25 minutes.
  • If desired, place one slice of cheese on each burger and bake an additional minute or until cheese has melted.

The TRICK for Ooey Gooey Cheese & a Toasted Bun

  • Build each burger (without toppings) on a bun and wrap each burger in aluminum foil. (Just enough to wrap the burger completely.
    Wrap cheeseburger in aluminum foil and place in oven to steam
  • Place back in oven for 2-3 minutes to allow the cheese to melt in and for the bun to get warm and toasty!
  • Serve and top with any toppings desired!

Video

Notes

Why the Extra “Toasting” Step? Placing the burgers in aluminum foil and baking for a few minutes, allows the cheese to melt in and the bun to toast! This creates almost a steamy, soft… yet toasty bun that is to die for!
Making burgers for a large crowd? Make them in advance and wrap in aluminum foil like this and keep on warm until ready to serve!
Salt and Pepper: My favorite salt to use is fine grain Himalayan and my favorite pepper to use is Peppercorn Medley!

Nutrition

Serving: 1burgerCalories: 428kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 25gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 650mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 198IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 302mgIron: 4mg
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French Fry Seasoning

I don’t know what it is exactly, but this seasoning rocks my world, and I love to put it on just about anything. Especially side dishes like my garlic roasted broccoli and the baked potato wedges.

So when I have some on hand, I love sprinkling this on my cheeseburgers too! Just be cautious of adding salt, because seasoning like this can have a lot of salt in it!

French Fry Seasoning - a great spice for burgers

Sides to Go with Burgers

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34 thoughts on “Easy Hamburgers in the Oven

  1. Rose Abrams says:

    5 stars
    I loved them. They were like giant white castle only with better ingredients.

    1. Jessica says:

      MMMM!!!! I can totally see that they remind you of White Castle… but you’re right, WAY better! 🙂

  2. Lynda says:

    Is there some “magic” to using a baking “dish” vs. a metal pan for this. I live alone an frequently use a disposable foil pan for baking.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Lynda! Using a foil pan should work just fine too!

  3. Djtopaz says:

    What “temperature” do these come out as? Rare, medium, well done?

    1. Jessica says:

      I cook them this long to get well done… but they’re not dry. When it comes to steak, I can’t STAND a dry, well-done steak. But I do want my burgers done, yet juicy. This recipe does that! 🙂 I hope that helps!

  4. Bonnie says:

    5 stars
    It was easy and my family loved them, so winner in my book! Thank so much for sharing.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad that you liked them Bonnie! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Gina says:

    5 stars
    I’m going to make up some tomorrow for my son to take with him as he’s leaving the state for work (I send him with lots of “Mom” food lol). Since we’re from Jersey & LOVE White Castle, I was wondering, to get the rehydrated onions & flavor should I used some dried minced onion before baking? We actually love the McD’s McDoubles also, & always order with extra onion lol…but I would think rehydrating they dried minced would impart a more concentrated flavor. Thoughts?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Gina! Awww… such a good momma! You know, I’ve never tried using dried minced onion, but it sounds like it would be delish! I hope you give it a try and love it. If you do, I’d love to hear what you think!

  6. Jenn says:

    How do you keep them from tasting greasy as they cook and are sitting in the grease?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Jenn! I don’t find that they taste greasy, but we do use a pretty lean beef (from our cattle farm) so that may make a difference! But I haven’t heard of anyone else saying they taste greasy either… so I hope that helps!

  7. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Yep, this is now my new favorite way to make burgers! Followed temp and timing exactly and wouldn’t change at all. I put slightly less salt (about 1.5 tsp total vs 2 tsp) and that was fine for our taste…next time will add a bit each of garlic and onion powders. Foil trick is magic!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!!! I’m so glad that you liked it and will try something new the next time! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Kim says:

    Can I make 8 burgers in a 9×13 dish?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Kim! That should work just fine!! 🙂

  9. Wendy Hampton says:

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I have strugged with hamburgers on a grill to the point, I just don’t like to make them as they get so dry! So I tried your recipe and THIS IS IT! The recipe I have been looking for! The tips you have added and the idea of spicing each side made the hamburgers PERFECT! OMG! Thanks so much for posting this. From now on..THIS is the way I’m making hamburgers!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww! Wendy I’m so glad that you tried it this way and loved it!! It’s super easy too so it makes it a win for easy dinner nights! 🙂 Thank you so much for the sweet words and for letting us know that you love it! XO

  10. Melanie Franceschi says:

    5 stars
    I made the burgers in the oven. Actually have never ever done this. Followed Entire Recipe!
    I made oven fried onion rings with them and the foil wrap is a great idea, as it kept my burgers warm while I finished up my oven fried onion rings.
    Wonderful Recipe!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Woo hoo!!! So glad that you loved it too. Thank you so much for letting us know!

  11. Gina says:

    5 stars
    I loved this hamburger baking technique. I can’t believe it never occurred to me before. So hands off. Much easier than having to watch the burgers in a skillet or indoor grill and much easier to maintain their juiciness. I love homemade hamburgers and this easy cooking method will encourage us to do it more often. Thank you for sharing your process.

    1. Jessica says:

      I completely agree Gina! I’m so glad that you liked them too. Thank you for coming here and sharing and leaving a review!

  12. Donna Gardner says:

    Where did you buy the French Fry Seasoning? Will be making those burgers this week.

    1. Jessica says:

      I actually found this at Dollar General! But there are SO many other fun spices to try so if you can’t find that, it’s ok! But salt and pepper make great burgers too!

  13. Amber Null says:

    My family loved these burgers!!! This will be the new way I cook burgers!❤️

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m so glad Amber! Thank you for letting us know!

  14. Kimberly says:

    5 stars
    Delish!! I don’t have a gas grill but I sometimes feel like a turkey cheese burger! These were delicious!! Once out of oven and steamed in foil I put some jalapeño slices on. Are the whole thing!! Yummy yum!!

    1. Jessica says:

      OOooooooh jalapeno slices sound like a fabulous addition!! Yummo! Thank you for sharing and for the 5-star review! XO

  15. Nerla says:

    5 stars
    I tried making cheese hamburger on the stove and it burned and made my smoke alarm go off. I looked on YouTube and saw your way seemed simple and less messy and it was!! My daughter loved it and she said it tasted better than McDonald’s cheese burger. It caused a little splatter in the oven but nothing a quick wipe can’t handle. Much better than the stove and burnt skillet. Came out well done and tender with delicious, gooey, melted cheese with the hack. Thanks for sharing. I have subscribe to your channel.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hello there! Aww, I’m so glad to hear this! Thank you so much for coming here and sharing that you loved it. And hey… “better than a McDonald’s cheeseburger” is quite the compliment in our household! Haha!! Thank you!

  16. R says:

    Hi!
    These sound so yummy. I will have to try them soon. I just wanted to mention that I have seen the Fresh Finds brand seasonings at Big Lots stores. It’s the store’s house brand.

    1. Jessica says:

      Ahhh!!! That’s perfect! Thank you SO SO much for letting me know!

  17. Lukasz says:

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious! Thanks!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad that you liked it, thank you for sharing and for the review!

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