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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

The BEST Hamburgers in the Oven – With a TRICK!

Jessica Burgess
Hamburgers in the Oven Recipe: With optional ooey gooey cheese and the "melt-in-your-mouth" trick that makes all the difference!
4.97 from 95 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


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
    Raw hamburger patties ready to bake
  • Generously season one side of the burgers with salt and pepper
    Seasoned hamburger patties with salt and pepper
  • Place burger patties in baking dish, spice side down.
    Flip the seasoned burgers over in to the baking dish and season the other side
  • Sprinkle more salt and pepper on each hamburger (or use a preferred seasoning) if you like!
    French Fry Seasoning - a great spice for burgers
  • Bake in oven for 25 minutes.
    Baked hamburgers in baking dish
  • If desired, place one slice of cheese on each burger and bake an additional minute or until cheese has melted.
    Cheese added to baked hamburgers

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!
    Melted cheese on baked hamburger
  • Serve and top with any toppings desired!
    Hamburgers in the oven with cheese



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!


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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66 thoughts on “Easy Hamburgers in the Oven

  1. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    These were amazing! So gooey and yummy. My boys said this is a must in our weekly rotation.

    1. Jessica says:

      Aww!! Yay! I’m so glad that you all loved them too. Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

  2. Sherry says:

    I really want to try this but curious about the best beef to use. Would a leaner ratio be better (like a 93/7) or one with a little more fat?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Sherry! I usually only use a pretty lean beef. (We get it from our family farm and it’s leaner than what most store-bought beef is.) However, at the butcher shop the other day, I asked what burger to get for hamburgers (to actually make this recipe for the ranch hands) and he gave me a leaner beef too. So I’d say go with leaner meat! You just don’t want it too lean because you want some of the fat to hold the burgers together. 🙂 I hope that helps!

  3. Nanette says:

    5 stars
    I have made these more times than I can count – the only way I prepare burgers now! Follow the recipe exactly and they are perfect. Thanks, Jessica, for a great way to fix burgers!

    1. Jessica says:

      That is so exciting! Thank you so much Nanette! I’m so glad that you like them too!

  4. Laura Dennis says:

    5 stars
    So good and juicy, and easier than grilling! The last step wrapping everything in foil and baking a few more minutes sets it all! Yum.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yes yes yes!! I totally agree! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and share your thoughts!

  5. Tax n me says:

    5 stars
    I have done my final cooked burgers like this for over 38 years. The newest part is baking in the oven which I will be trying as I hate the greasy clean up stove top grilling or frying creates. I like a slice of pepper jack cheese for flavor.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yum! We love pepper jack too! I hope you love them!

  6. Shelly says:

    5 stars
    I made these tonight, followed the recipe with the exception of adding butter to the top bun (I’m from WI, butter is what we do on our burgers). Sooooooo good! Thank you so much! Even my Culvers lover son loved them.
    I so wish I could upload the pic of our burgers.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Shelly! Oh yay!!! I’m so glad to hear this! And adding butter to the bun sounds ah-mazing!! I’ll have to try that. 🙂 We had them again tonight too. So good. Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Cody says:

    This was absolutely fantastic! I’m 34, I can cook, but not that well. I hate doing it.. i hated making burgers an having to stand there an watch it. This is so much better. Tasted amazing..ty

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! I’m so glad that you found it helpful and I feel the exact same way about these burgers! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing! If you don’t mind, I’d LOVE it if you could give the recipe a “star” rating too! It helps me get this recipe out to so many others! 🙂 Thank you again!

  8. Emma says:

    3 stars
    Like the extra step is hearing the buns. But the suggested amount of salt is way too salty. The suggestion of how to make ahead is good but please put some time limits on it as it’s really dangerous to keep food at a warm temperature, whether Rae or cooked, as it’s the perfect temp for bacteria to grow.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hello Emma! Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad you like the step of heating the buns. Absolutely, everyone’s preferred taste is definitely different. This is why I like to say “salt as desired” in the recipe card. I do mention that I guess I use about 2 tsp of salt for the 4 burgers early on in the post, but that’s because I prefer to sprinkle kosher salt on the burgers, which is a “bigger” grain of salt and most of it ends up in the bottom of the baking dish anyway. Haha!
      But yes, I definitely want those making these to use the amount of salt that’s desired… so that may look a lot different for you than others too.
      Good idea about using some sort of time limit on keeping them warm. It seems you may know a lot about food safety… do you care to share how long it’s safe to keep them warm?

  9. S. Leore says:

    Burgers tasted good. The buns didn’t really toast though. They just kind of steamed. Did I do something wrong?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hello! I doubt you did anything wrong! It is more of a “steam” for the bun but the warming of the bun is more of the “toasting” I’d say! I hope that helps!
      If you do want more of a crispier bun, I’d suggest placing the top bun on the aluminum foil for a minute or so! I hope that helps!

  10. Kathy says:

    4 stars
    I wonder if you can use turkey or chicken meat?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hello Kathy! I’m sure you could! I have a baked turkey burger recipe as well if you’d like to check that out!

  11. Sandi says:

    Using alittle water to the hamburger mix helps to bind the meat also. I’ve also tried alittle oyster sauce to balance the taste not too much. I’ve also sliced the burger in half for the cheese. In any case, thank you for sharing your recipe. Beats stove top frying and grilling.

    1. Jessica says:

      Interesting! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Nina says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this simple yet amazing recipe! My husband now refuses to grill burgers because these are super juicy and delicious and are so easy to make. 🙂 I usually bake a double batch of burgers and save a half (minus cheese) for the next day. They taste just as juicy and delicious reheated!

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!!! I love it! But I totally agree… these are MUCH easier and I actually like them better! 🙂 Thank you for taking the moment to leave a review!

  13. Teri says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! We have these weekly and usually add some caramelized onions right before serving. Yum!

    1. Jessica says:

      Mmmm!!! That sounds like a GREAT addition! Thank you so much for sharing and for the 5-star review! 🙂

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