How to Season Ground Beef for Simple Hamburgers


Hamburgers are a classic main dish at a summer barbecue or tailgating before a big game. While you can always get creative with your hamburger spices, a simple seasoning allows diners to enjoy the flavor of the meat and toppings. A good rule of thumb is to mix any seasonings into the meat. Sprinkling them on top will just cause most of the seasoning to be burned away as it cooks. Garlic is a perfect ground beef seasoning as it enhances the flavor of the meat without overpowering it. Otherwise keep it basic with a little salt and pepper.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Mix the ground beef, salt, pepper and garlic together.

  • Make 4 balls out of the ground beef and then flatten into hamburger patties.

  • Grill the patties and serve with other hamburger fixings.


  • "Recipe of the Week: Burgers: 52 Easy Recipes for Year-round Cooking"; Sally Sampson and Yunhee Kim; 2008
  • "365 Ways To Cook Hamburger"; Doyne Nickerson; 1975
  • "Betty Crocker's Hamburger Cookbook"; Betty Crocker; 1985
  • "Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes"; Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson; 2009
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