How to Grill the Most Amazing Beef Burger

Grilled Beef Burgers are one of the most amazing things you can sink your teeth into, especially when they are done right! Be prepared, because these will be the best burgers you have ever had! Cooking on the grill is a fantastic way to eat, especially in the summer when you do not want to…

How to Grill the Most Amazing Beef Burger

Grilled Beef Burgers are one of the most amazing things you can sink your teeth into, especially when they are done right! Be prepared, because these will be the best burgers you have ever had!

Cooking on the grill is a fantastic way to eat, especially in the summer when you do not want to heat up the kitchen. To have incredible food and still stay cool, try these tried and true, Huli Huli, Avocado Chicken and Steak!

Hamburgers with all the toppings ready to be served.

Amazing Grilled Beef Burgers

I love everything about summer. The pool parties, vacations, and of course the food! Fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere and everyone is getting their grills out! Some of the best foods come from over the open flame. From shrimp, to corn and even fruit, grilling just makes heavenly food! These beef burgers are going to be a favorite addition to your grilling recipes.

Do not let grilling scare you, it is so easy and I have all the tips and tricks so you can make the BEST hamburgers Ever! These beef burgers will come out perfectly juicy, full of flavor and grilled to perfection. Everyone loves a good burger, but a grilled burger is epic, and it all starts here! So let’s grill!

What You Need For The Best Beef Burgers

Grilled burgers are the perfect picnic or large gathering food. Skip the frozen burgers and make your own for the best tasting!

  • 80/20 Ground Beef: Make sure your beef is cold and not at room temperature.
  • Garlic cloves: Freshly minced will give the best flavor.
  • Minced onion: Dried minced onion will give tons of flavor without the bulk.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This is a must in homemade burgers, it adds the best umami flavor.
  • BBQ sauce: Gives a bit of sweet, a bit of tang and heat all in one.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste:
  • Buns: Because homemade burgers deserve the best Homemade buns!

Optional Toppings for the Best Burgers

  • Sliced Red Onion: A bold flavored onion that goes well with the burger.
  • Pickles: Dill pickles all the way!
  • Lettuce: Use nice crisp iceberg lettuce.
  • Tomato: Slice it thin to fit on the burger best.

Let’s Get Grilling!

Grilling is so much easier than you think, and it all starts with forming the perfect burgers.

  • Mix: In a medium sized bowl combine the ground beef, garlic, minced onion, worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, and salt, pepper. Mix ingredients together but be careful not to overmix.
  • Form: Shape the patties and create a divot in the center of each patty. This helps the burgers from puffing up or shrinking to much while cooking.
  • Grill: Heat the grill to 400 degrees. Place the burgers on direct heat and grill for 4-5 minutes on each side until desired doneness.
  • Cheese: Add the cheese to the burgers and let melt. Serve on toasted butter hamburger buns with desired toppings.

All the hamburger ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed.

Tips For The Best Grilled Hamburgers

There are a few tips to make sure your hamburgers are juicy and delectable. Every time you make grilled burgers you will know they will turn out with these tips!

  • 80/20 Ground Beef: You might be thinking that these are a bit fatty for your taste, but you need the fat to create the juicy, full of flavor, interior. Without the fat, your burgers will dry out before they are done, leaving you with overcooked tasteless dry pucks of beef. Most of the fat will cook off as you grill it so it’ll be ok, but trust me you will need the fat. You could go down to 85/15 without losing the juiceness or flavor, but I would not go lower.
  • Divot: The divot is extremely important for ensuring your hamburgers cook evenly and without too much shrinkage. There is nothing worse than having not enough burger for your bun. Denting the beef prevents the burger from puffing up in the middle which will make it difficult to cook, leaving the edges burnt and dry before the center is done. It is a must do!
  • Thickness: For optimal burger to bun ratio the standard is ¾ of an inch thick. If they are thinner than that you will need to adjust the grilling time. Also form the patties about an half an inch to an inch bigger than the circumference of the bun. This way the burger is sure to fit the bun.
  • Keep it Cold and do not overmix: You need the beef to stay cold so that the fat doesn’t melt. When that happens to much of the fat will cook off and leave you with a dry hamburger. Overmixing will also break down the fibers causing your burger to crumble and become dry.
Putting a divot in the burger with a thumb.

Grilling Burgers for Beginners

There are lots of little tidbits to keep in mind when you are making the best burgers. You will love how simple these grilled burgers come together!

  • Resist The Temptation: Try not to press down on the burger while it cooks. This squeezes out all those lovely juices that are meant to be inside.
  • Let it Rest: Let the hamburger rest for 5-10 minutes after grilling to redistribute the juices throughout the meat.
  • Got Fire: If you get a flare up on your grill, cut off the oxygen to the flame by closing the lid. This should put it out. And have a glass of water on hand, just in case.
  • Variations: There are many ways to vary your burger from the kind of meat you use, to the seasonings and the toppings. Once you feel you have the basics down good, experiment with flavors and textures. Keep in mind any time you change the meat, you will change the cook time, temperature, and seasonings. Besure to do your homework before working with different meats in your burgers so that you can still have the best, juiciest and most flavorful burger around.
  • Toppings: Get creative with your tastebuds and try different toppings. Some ideas include grilled onions or mushrooms, pineapple and teriyaki sauce, pepper jack cheese and avocado spread. Melt blue cheese and top with bacon. The possibilities are endless. Let the grilling begin!
Grilling the burgers, flipping them and placing the cheese on top.

How To Know Your Burgers Are Done

Everyone likes their burgers are done a bit differently, but there is something to keep in mind when grilling your burgers. Bacteria which lives on the surface of meat, like steak, is cooked or seared and in doing so the bacteria dies. Hamburger takes that surface bacteria and grinds it up in all together so that the bacteria is throughout the meat. It is recommended that ground beef is cooked till the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Killing the bacteria throughout making it the safest temperature to eat. Those are the recommendations that should be followed especially for children and elderly as they are more susceptible to foodborne illness.

Hamburger DonenessInternal TemperatureCenter Color
Medium Rare130-135 °FPink
Medium135-145 °FSome Pink
Well145-155 °FSliver of Light Pink
Well Done155-165 °FMostly Brown
Holding a perfect juicy hamburger with toppings on a homemade bun.

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Grilled Burger Recipe

Grilled Beef Burgers are one of the most amazing things you can sink your teeth into, especially when they are done right! Be prepared, because these will be the best burgers you have ever had!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef burger, grilled burger recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 598kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef cold
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Homemade Hamburger Buns

Optional toppings:

  • Sliced Red Onion
  • Pickles
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl combine the ground beef, garlic, minced onion, wochestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, and salt, pepper. Mix ingredients together but be careful not to overmix.
  • Shape the patties and create a divot in the center of each patty. This helps the burgers from puffing up or shrinking to much while cooking.
  • Heat the grill to 400 degrees. Place the burgers onto direct heat and grill for 4-5 minutes on each side until desired doneness.
  • Add the cheese to the burgers and let melt. Serve on toasted butter hamburger buns with desired toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 679mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 5mg

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Strawberry Streusel Bars are buttery, sweet and the perfect summertime treat! With a tasty shortbread and mouth watering crumble top, everyone is going to love these! Strawberries are such a beautiful fruit to use in your cooking, their sweetness adds so much flavor. Try them in this Salad, Pie, and Bread! Amazing Strawberry Streusel Bars…

Strawberry Streusel Bars

Strawberry Streusel Bars are buttery, sweet and the perfect summertime treat! With a tasty shortbread and mouth watering crumble top, everyone is going to love these!

Strawberries are such a beautiful fruit to use in your cooking, their sweetness adds so much flavor. Try them in this Salad, Pie, and Bread!

Strawberry streusel bars stacked on top of eachother ready to eat.

Amazing Strawberry Streusel Bars

I love when strawberry season is here! I cannot help but buy strawberries every time I go to the store or farmers market. They are red, juicy and super sweet! I have several strawberry recipes on the blog that are delicious just like these strawberry streusel bars. These cookie bars are the perfect blend of sweetness, tartness and a bit of rich butteriness that is going to win everyone over!

Strawberry streusel bars are a surefire crowd pleaser! They are buttery, sweet, and a little bit crunchy. The texture and color alone are enough to draw a crowd. These are perfect for a potluck, or family gathering. Bars make some of the best desserts because I can make a large batch of desserts all at once and they are not overly messy to serve. Perfect for little hands to hold. Just try these other bar favorites, Neiman Marcus Bars, Lemon Bars and Cherry Pie Bar!

Ingredients for These Incredible Strawberry Bars

You may have everything you need right now in your pantry. So grab some strawberries and let’s start baking! For the full recipe print or read the recipe card below.

Strawberry Filling

Streusel Topping

How to Make Dessert Bars

These strawberry streusel bars come together quickly and then you pop them in the oven and let it do all the work for you.

Bake the Crust

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  2. Blend it till crumbly: Mix together flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Add the cold, cubed butter. Using a fork or a pastry blender, cut butter into the dry ingredients until it starts to get crumbly. You can continue with the fork or pastry blender, but I find it easiest to mix the rest of the way with clean hands.
  3. Press: Evenly drop clumps of dough into the pan and then use your fingers to press down into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the edges start to get golden. Meanwhile, prepare the filling and streusel topping.

Layer the Strawberry Filling

  1. Combine: Mix together the cornstarch and sugar, set aside.
  2. Strawberries: Dice the strawberries into small pieces. Mix together with the sugar mixture, strawberry preserves, and lemon zest.
  3. Layer it: Spread evenly across the par-baked crust.

Oatmeal Streusel Topping

  1. Mix: Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt.
  2. Crumble: Add butter and cut it in with a fork or pastry. Mix until the butter is about pea-sized and clumpy.
  3. Place: Spread evenly across the top of the strawberry filling.
  4. Cook: Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the streusel topping begins to brown.
  5. Enjoy: Allow the strawberry streusel bars to cool before serving.
Four photos of the process of making strawberry streusel bars.

Tips For the Best Strawberry Streusel Bars

Simple and decadent these strawberry streusel bars are going to disappear as fast as you can put them out.

  • Strawberries: Be sure to dice the strawberries evenly. If you want to cover more area chop the strawberries up a bit more so they are smaller but still chunky enough to give you a mouthful of goodness.
  • Cold: Normally you see me tell you to bring your butter, eggs etc to room temperature, but not here. You want your butter to be cold and stay cold. If the butter “melts” too much before it hits the oven, you’ll end up with greasy blobs instead of light strawberry squares.
  • Get your Hands Dirty: Mixing usually works best if you use your hands. Using a spoon will work too, but there is just something about using your hands that mixes it up best. Just do not overwork it to the point where it starts to melt the butter.
  • Let them Cool: While these are insanely delicious warm, they will fall apart if you try to eat them without letting them cool first.
  • Oats: Which kind of oats you use is totally a personal preference. The regular oats will give you more of a bite and substance whereas the quick will blend in more.
  • Add a Glaze: If you want to really kick it up a notch, whip up a lemon glaze to drizzle on top. Use 1 cup of powdered sugar and about 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and mix well. Drizzle over warm strawberry streusel bars and let cool. YUM!

How to Store Leftover Streusel Bars

I am not sure you will have leftovers, but incase you do, let’s make sure these strawberry streusel bars get put away right!

  • Room Temperature: Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for 2-3 days.
  • Fridge: Strawberry Streusel Bars really do store best in the fridge. Make sure they are in an airtight container and they will keep in the fridge ro up to 1 week.
  • Freeze: I love freezing leftovers to pull out when I need them but do not have time to make them. I wrap the strawberry bars in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer safe bag sealed tightly for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature, or fridge.
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Strawberry Streusel Bars

Strawberry Streusel Bars are buttery, sweet and the perfect summertime treat! With a tasty shortbread and mouth watering crumble top, everyone is going to love these!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry bars, strawberry streusel bars, streusel bars
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 319kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ¾ cup Flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup butter cold, cubed

Filling

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries diced
  • 6 Tablespoon strawberry preserves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Streusel Topping

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup oats rolls or quick
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter cold, cubed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9×13 pan and set aside.

CRUST

  • Mix together flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Add cold, cubed butter. Using a fork or a pastry blender, cut butter into the dry ingredients until it starts to get crumbly. You can continue with the fork or pastry blender, but I find it easiest to mix the rest of the way with clean hands.
  • Evenly drop clumps of dough into the pan and then use your fingers to press down into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the edges start to get golden. Meanwhile, prepare the filling and streusel topping.

FILLING

  • Mix together the cornstarch and sugar, set aside.
  • Dice the strawberries into small pieces. Mix together with the sugar mixture, strawberry preserves, and lemon zest.
  • Spread evenly across the par-baked crust.

STREUSEL

  • Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt.
  • Add butter and cut in with a fork or pastry. Mix until the butter is about pea sized and clumpy.
  • Spread evenly across the top of the strawberry filling.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the streusel topping begins to brown.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 534IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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