How to Pan Fry Burgers on a Grill Pan

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Things You'll Need

  • Ground beef burgers

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 4 tbsp. olive oil

  • Pastry brush

  • Spatula

  • Instant-read meat thermometer

A grill pan is a pan used indoors on the stove top that adds the appearance of grilling to food cooked in it. It is flat except for a raised grid, which is designed to look like an outdoor grill grid.

Although a grill pan may make food look like it was grilled outdoors, it actually uses a more gentle form of heat and works best for thinner cuts of meat, such as burgers. If you want to make burgers on a grill pan, you have to modify your normal grill recipe and technique and cook them more slowly.


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Step 1

Place a grill pan onto your stove and turn your stove to medium heat. Sprinkle both sides of the burgers evenly with your preferred amount of salt and pepper.

Step 2

Drizzle the tops of the burgers with 2 tbsp. olive oil to keep the burgers from sticking to the pan. Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the olive oil across the surface of the burgers.


Step 3

Place your hand palm-side down approximately two inches above the grill pan. Place the burgers with the oiled side down once you can feel heat radiating from the pan.

Step 4

Cook the burgers for five minutes without disturbing them or pressing them down. Use a spatula to lift up a burger and check to see if it's golden brown with black grill lines.


Step 5

Add 2 tbsp. olive oil to the tops of the burgers, then flip them over gently with the spatula. Cook for another five minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown with grill marks.

Step 6

Insert an instant-read meat thermometer directly into the center of a burger. Ensure that it reads at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If it doesn't, add it back onto the grill to cook for another two minutes or until it reaches the correct temperature.


Use your thumbs to press down slightly into the center of each burger prior to cooking to make sure the top stays level and doesn’t rise up unevenly.


Do not consume ground beef with an internal temperature of less than 160 degrees Fahrenheit, or you will be at risk of contracting a food-borne illness.

Do not cook a grill pan over high heat; if you do, you risk burning the bottom of the pan.


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