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The best grilled BBQ Burger Recipe.  How to make juicy, flavorful hamburgers on the grill. By mixing in a few ingredients with the beef, you get delicious, flavorful burgers easily.  Use these tricks to make the best grilled BBQ Burgers!

Closeup of BBQ burger with cheese on a bun

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Nothing says summer like grilled hamburgers.  I started making these Grilled BBQ Burger recipe years ago, and it is still my favorite way to make gourmet burgers at home.

Ingredients for BBQ burgers in a steel bowl

How to make the best Burgers

Let’s talk about what meat you should use when making burgers. Even if you normally use lean ground beef, I do not recommend it when making burgers.  It’s best to use 80/20 ground chuck for the most juicy and flavorful hamburgers.

Next, mix in some salt, pepper, and finely minced onion and garlic.  It is important that they are very finely minced.  If they are cut into larger pieces, your burgers may fall apart on the grill.

Then, add my secret ingredient: BBQ Sauce!  You can make your own BBQ Sauce using my recipe HERE, or just use your favorite store bought brand.

Use your hands to mix everything together until combined, but try not to overwork the meat or your burgers might end up tough.


spoonful of bbq sauce drizzling on a burger

Form into patties, and remember that the burgers will shrink on the grill.  It is best to make them about an inch larger in diameter than the bun to account for shrinkage.  Also, use your thumb to put an indent in the middle of the burger patty to keep it from doming on top.

How long does it take to cook burgers on the grill?

Your cooking time will vary depending on how thick your patties are.  Grill for 2-4 minutes on one side, then flip and repeat on the second side.

How can you tell that burgers are done?

The best and most accurate way to tell if your burgers are properly cooked is to use an instant read thermometer. I use THIS one and I highly recommend it for cooking all meat. If you want an inexpensive option, THIS one has lots of great reviews!  Using a thermometer is the only way to know for use that your burger is cooked through, without overcooking it.  Burgers are cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Cheeseburger with bbq sauce on a white plate

I like to top my Grilled BBQ Burgers with cheese and more BBQ Sauce. My Best Ever Grilled Onions make a great burger topping as well!  And You can always buy hamburger buns, but if you want to really take your burger to the next level, try making my 40 Minute Hamburger Buns too!

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Grilled BBQ Burgers

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Servings 4 burgers


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef use 80/20 for best results
  • 3 tbsp finely diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves very finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Mix all ingredients together until just combined. Do not overwork the meat or the burgers might be tough.
  • Shape into 4 equal sized patties, use your thumb to make an indent in the center of each patty.
  • Grill over medium high heat for 2-4 minutes per side, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. If adding cheese, lay sliced of cheese over the burgers in the last 1-2 minutes of cooking.
  • Serve on a bun with more BBQ sauce and other desired toppings.


Be sure to finely dice the onion and garlic.  Large chunks can cause your burger to fall apart.
Make them about an inch larger in diameter than the bun to account for shrinkage. 
Use your thumb to put an indent in the middle of the burger patty to keep it from doming on top.


Serving: 1burger | Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 786mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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