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The Best Burger Seasoning

Mix up the best burger seasoning recipe for delicious, juicy hamburgers everyone will rave over at your next backyard barbecue cookout.
Add amazing flavor with just a few insider secrets like what beef to buy, how to make the burger patties, and pro grilling tips. This seasoning mix is made with simple ingredients you might already have on hand. Grill restaurant-quality hamburgers in your backyard this summer...
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Seasoning
Keyword: burger seasoning, hamburger seasoning, the best burger seasoning
Servings: 24
Calories: 21kcal


  • 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
  • 2-3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  • Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to mix using a small whisk to evenly combine.
  • Mix ¼ cup burger seasoning into the ground beef, preferably 80/20 hamburger meat. Optional: Add 2 tablespoons Worcesertshire sauce. Press into hamburger patties on a parchment lined sheet pan, then grill 5-7 minutes each side until burgers reach 165 degrees internal temperature.
  • Store the remaining burger seasoning in a clamp jar for up to 6 months to season hamburger meat.



Storing Homemade Burger Seasoning Blend

  • The best way to store your own spice mixes is to keep them in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
  • Mark your containers of seasonings with a large black marker with the expiration date, and rotate out expired seasonings twice a year.
  • Create a spice cabinet location that is a dry place away from moisture and extreme heat.

Best Burger Seasoning Tips

  • Only mix your ground beef and rub for under a minute. This makes amazing juicy burgers and doesn't overwork the meat. It also creates nooks and crannies so you get the perfect burger every time!
  • Season the beef patties evenly and add Worcestershire sauce for maximum flavor.
  • My favorite way to portion each burger patty is to use a large ice cream scoop to keep them an even size - so they all cook at the same time.
  • Press the burgers on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Spread butter on the buns, and toast the buns on the grill for maximum flavor in your homemade hamburgers.
  • Wire brush the grill well, then use a light coating of vegetable oil on a paper towel for a non-stick surface on your grill grates.
  • This burger seasoning works for all kinds of homemade burgers, even veggie burgers.
  • And last and MOST important Burger Sauce! This recipe is very similar to In-N-Out Burgers in Southern California where I live.


Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg