Cooking Hamburgers in the Oven is EASY and may become your new favorite dinner recipe! This recipe with the “melt-in-your-mouth” trick makes all the difference!
Quick overview: Cook these at 375° for 25 minutes, and then build burgers with buns and wrap in foil and bake another 2-3 minutes for the ULTIMATE, best burger at home!
Cooking 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! (It has only become a favorite way to make these cheeseburger sliders that have become so popular too!)
Not only does baking the burgers in the oven 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! (We even bake venison burgers in the oven!)
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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 Cook 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 your oven to 375 degrees, and spray non-stick cooking spray inside of a baking dish, large enough to hold 4 hamburger patties.
Note: When cooking, you can definitely do more at a time if you prefer! Just use a larger baking pan or dish — make sure to use one with raised sides so the juices don’t pour out — and the cooking time will stay the same!
4 Beef Hamburger Patties
Using 1 lb. of ground beef, patty out 4 hamburger patties.
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!
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 teaspoon 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.
How Long to Cook Burgers in the Oven
Bake, uncovered in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until an inserted thermometer reaches 160 degrees.
(For the trick that makes all of the difference when cooking burgers in the oven, scroll down! You won’t regret it!)
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!
The Trick for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Oven-Baked 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).
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!
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.
This will allow the cheese and bun to steam/toast, to create the ooey-gooeyness that has become so hard to live without!
Cooking 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!
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.) Although, topping them like a Cowboy Burger is pretty tasty too!
But some of the standard favorite toppings are:
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!
Sides to Go with Burgers
Looking for something to serve along with your hamburgers? Here are our favorites:
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The BEST Hamburgers in the Oven – With a TRICK!
- 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
- 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 (or use a preferred seasoning) if you like!
- 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.
- 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!
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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The only way I make burgers now, these are amazing!
So awesome to hear Bethany! Thank you so much for letting us know that you liked these burgers too!
How would the method be adjusted for frozen burgers?
Hi Flyn! I’d do 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until juices come out of top, clear. Then an additional minute or warmth of oven to melt cheese if desired. But for seasoning, I’d salt pepper one side instead of both like in these instructions – because it won’t stick to frozen patties. 🙂
This is certainly a less-messy way of cooking hamburgers but the taste and texture was not nearly as good as pan cooking. I think we like the crispy edges we get from doing it on the stovetop. These had a texture like meatloaf. Not a fan.
So sorry you’re not a fan of these as much as we are! People definitely have different preferences!
This burger method is amazing and so easy, thanks very much.
Betty Spaghetty says
Best hamburger recipe, INDEED! My whole family loves this recipe. So glad I found it!
Ahhh!! So glad to hear that you love these oven burgers too. Thank you for sharing and for the review!
Randy C. says
I made these two nights in a row using 2/3 pounds of Angus ground beef each night for one burger, the package has 1 1/3 pounds of ground beef. They came out amazing, better than the grille without all the mess so thank you for sharing this recipe. I just bought more for tonight and tomorrow night, can’t wait 🙂
Hi Randy! I’m so glad to hear that you liked these baked burgers too!! It’s unreal how delicious they are. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Absolutely love these burgers! We cook for about five minutes longer, but we like them medium well. The wrapping in aluminum foil for three minutes at the end is definitely the key. The buns get warm and soft and the cheese melts into them. So delicious!
This is so exciting! So glad that you like these baked burgers too Amy! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
My family loves this recipe (5 kids age 10 and under + a husband) is definitely a meal that everyone will eat. But, in the future I’m going to skip the 1 minute cheese melting because the cheese melted off the burger (some was left on but the edges had melted away). I love the foil burger wrap trick and will just put the cheese in there and toast it all up and that way the cheese will be contained in the foil. But yeah, the kids said it’s better than McDonald’s.
That’s great to know, thank you!! I’m so glad they all love it too. It blows my mind how so many kids say these burgers are better than McDonald’s! I have to agree and so thankful for that!!
Bob Furlong says
Totally awesome!!! This will be the only way I do burgers for now on!
Thank you for this recipe 😎
Hi Bob! I’m so glad that you liked these burgers in the oven! Thank you so much for sharing that with us.
These are delicious!!! Fixing again w/fresh tomatoes & onions with salad including fresh cucumber& zucchini:)
I’m thrilled you loved these baked burgers Jan! Thank you for taking the time to share with us!
These are seriously the best burgers I have ever made, and I used frozen Walmart brand beef patties. My 5 year old asked if I can make these every day. They remind me of my school cafeteria burgers growing up, but in the best way. Definitely adding these to my regular rotation. Thank you!
Hi Kerri!! Aww, I’m so glad your 5 year old even liked them too. That’s the best when something is so easy and the kids like it too. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
I made 2 burgers in the oven as the recipe stated. These burgers turned out amazing! So delicious! 😋 Thanks for the recipe. 👍
I’m so glad that you liked them Jacqueline!! Thank you so much for taking the time to drop a note and let us [email protected]
Love the burgers done this way! So good and way better than on the grill! Thanks for the recipe!!!😋
Thank you Candace! So glad you love cooking burgers in the oven this way too!
I followed the recipe, which is well written and easy to follow. My BF loved them. He kept saying, “Perfect! Perfect!” Usually I have to ask how he likes something. Cleanup was a breeze. Our new favorite burger. And, I forgot to put condiments on mine. I only realized when I took the first bite. I couldn’t put it down to add them.
Oh Cat… I feel the exact same way with these baked burgers!! For real! I don’t need toppings when cooked this way! Thank you so much for sharing and for the kind words about the instructions. That made my night. 🙂
I came across to your site when I was looking for ways to make the burger juicier after out from the freezer and i know it will make them dry but crisp in air fryer. I like your method better!!! I used Stater Brother’s Hamburger patties that only contains beef and 27% fat (flavor factor). It was awesomely good and most important of all, easy!!!! this is way cheaper than waiting for me to make that frozen cheeseburger from Costco goes on sale. Thanks a lot!
Oh I’m so glad to hear this! I’m thrilled that you liked this method better too. We’re big fans of it. Thank you!
Best hamburgers I have ever had. They are so juicy and delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipr
You’re so welcome Julie! Thank you so much for taking the time to review them and to leave a note!
Delicious! My husband loved them and now requests we make hamburgers this way.
Awww! This makes me so happy! Thank you so much for taking the time to share that he loves these burgers too.
As I am not a fan of well done burgers, do you have suggestions for getting medium rare meat? I tried raising the oven temp to 400F and cooking for 12 mins. Dang! Still well done.
Hello, I would suggest checking the temp of the burgers after about 10 minutes and keep checking until it reaches an internal temp of about 145 degrees for a medium rare? That’s the only thing I can think of… is cooking it for less time, at the 375 and checking until it reaches your desired doneness! Then you can continue making them at that desired time, each time after! I hope that helps!
Absolutely love these! These are the preferred method now, so juicy! But am I supposed to flip them at any point?
Oh good!! I’m so glad you loved cooking burgers in the oven this way, too! Nope! I never flip them and they turn out great. 🙂 Enjoy!
Havent tried these yet but was wondering if fat content in burger matters? Can you use any percent?
Great question. When we make burgers we use pretty lean beef but there have been so many that have made these and love them, that I’m sure so many different types have been used, and they still love them. I hope that helps!
Just cooked some burgers in the oven for the first time. Thanks for the tips. So much better than on the stove top and faster too. This will be my go to from now on. Thanks!!
Oh Sandra, I TOTALLY agree!! I’m so glad that you liked this method for cooking burgers in the oven too. Thank you for sharing!