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Cheeseburgers with 20+ Topping Ideas

These Cheeseburgers are the best burger recipe, with seasoning, and a sauce recipe. Plus cookout grilling tips and 20+ topping ideas!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner & Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled cheeseburgers, grilled hamburgers, hamburgers
Servings: 8
Calories: 811kcal


ground beef patties

  • 3 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • ¼ cup burger seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  • 8 grilled hamburger patties
  • 8 slices American cheese or Cheddar try Deli Deluxe Kraft cheese
  • 8 pieces iceberg lettuce
  • 24 dill or sweet pickle chips
  • 8 slices tomatoes
  • 3-5 slices onions
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • 4-6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • burger sauce

burger sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons relish (dill or sweet)
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


make patties

  • In a large bowl, mix ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, and grill and BBQ rub until mostly combined for about 1 minute. Don't over mix, this creates pockets and makes the burger so juicy!
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, using a large ice cream scoop, portion out burgers, and press into round patties.

mix sauce

  • In a bowl using a whisk, mix mayo, ketchup, relish, white wine vinegar, and sugar. Cover and chill. Can be made days ahead.
  • Cover and chill. Can be made days ahead.


  • Wire brush the grill well, then use vegetable oil on a paper towel for a non-stick surface.
  • Butter the tops and bottoms of the buns with soft butter, this helps them toast and taste so delicious.
  • Heat the grill to medium-high, 450-500 degrees. I prefer medium-well, so I cook one side for 4-5 minutes, and flip for another 4-5 minutes. Don't press them down, that causes flare-ups and pushes the juices from the burgers. If the grill flares, reduce the heat and shut the lid on the grill.
    If you like them rarer, then grill for less time. The minimum safe internal temperature for ground beef is 160 degrees.
  • Toast the buttered buns until light grill marks form, and they are lightly toasted to a golden brown.
  • Once burgers are almost done, add slices of cheese. Remove to a platter with the buns.
  • Add the toppings you love. I added melted American cheese, iceberg lettuce, dill pickle chips, tomato slices, and sauce.



More Burger Toppings

There are endless options, these are just a few inspiring ideas to top burgers at your cookout. Whether you keep it classic or go wild, it is so fun to try out new flavors and ingredients...


Calories: 811kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1127mg | Potassium: 782mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1019IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 6mg