BBQ Burger Patties

Last updated: June 7th, 2024

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These smoky and flavorful bbq burger patties are the perfect base for your favorite barbecue-style burgers.

BBQ burger patties cooking on a cast iron grill pan

Why settle for the same burger patty for all of your burgers? We believe that a good burger patty should always be flavored to best suit each and every specialty burger you have. These fun BBQ burger patties are great for any BBQ flavored burgers such a cowboy burger, or our favorite, the big pig burger

BBQ Burger Ingredients

This BBQ burger patties recipe is actually very similar to our classic burger patties, however we replaced the ketchup with BBQ sauce for added flavor. Personally, we love Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, but you can always use your favorite BBQ sauce.

  • Ground beef
  • BBQ sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Liquid smoke
  • Salt

Burger patties are always a fun place to play around with different flavors. As we already said, each patty should fit the burger it’s in. So have fun with your ingredients and play around with different amounts of each!

How To Make BBQ Burgers

Making burger patties is very simple. Basically you just mix all your ingredients together until they are well combined! The important part is choosing the right ingredients which we already did! Here’s how to make these burger patties:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
  2. Form the meat into three equal-sized balls, about ⅓ of a pound each.
  3. Flatten and shape burger patties until they are about ½ inch to ¾ inch thick.

Once you have your burger patties they are ready to be cooked or frozen, see below for directions for each:

How to cook on a cast iron grill pan:

  1. Preheat the pan over medium-high heat until it comes up to temp, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer patties to the pan and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. You’ll find that the patty won’t be stuck at all, if it is, give it another minute or so until it comes away freely. 
  3. Flip the patties and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, this is the time to add cheese if desired. Again, the patty should not stick to the pan, if it does, give it another minute or so.
  4. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer, and serve.

How to cook on a stainless steel frying pan:

  1. Preheat the pan over medium-high heat until it comes up to temp, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil to the pan, just enough to coat the bottom. Heat until shimmering.
  3. Transfer patties to the pan and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. You’ll find that the patty won’t be stuck at all, if it is, give it another minute or so until it comes away freely. 
  4. Flip the patties and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, this is the time to add cheese if desired. Again, the patty should not stick to the pan, if it does, give it another minute or so.
  5. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer, and serve.

How to cook on a grill:

  1. Preheat the grill on medium-high heat and let it get to temperature, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer patties to the grill and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. You’ll find that the patty won’t be stuck at all, if it is, give it another minute or so until it comes away freely. 
  3. Flip the patties and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, if you want to add cheese, do so about 2 to 3 minutes after flipping. Again, the patty should not stick to the grill, if it does, give it another minute or so.
  4. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer, and serve.

You can also freeze these burger patties for up to 3 months. Just wrap each burger patty individually in cling wrap so that each is completely covered. They can then be put together in a freezer safe bag or container. 

Freezing burger patties can be useful if you are planning to make a bunch for a family cookout or if you just want to prepare them for easy 30-minute dinners for the future. Once you are ready to use them, you can defrost them in the fridge, or cook from frozen. Cooking from frozen will be closer to 8 to 10 minutes per side for each cooking method, be sure to check these for doneness with a meat thermometer.

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What To Make With BBQ Burgers

Here are some of our favorites uses for a BBQ flavored burger patty:

Give these burger patties a try and let us know in the comments below your favorite burger to use them for! And don’t forget to rate and share!


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BBQ Burger Patties

This smoky and flavorful patty is the perfect base for your favorite barbecue-style burgers.
Servings 3 patties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef 80% lean
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash liquid smoke
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Form meat into three equal-sized balls.
  • Flatten and shape burger patties until they are about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.

Cooking On Cast Iron

  • Preheat cast iron pan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer patties to cast iron pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Flip patties and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, adding cheese immediately if desired.
  • Check for doneness. Remove from heat and serve.

Cooking On A Skillet

  • Add about 1 tbsp vegetable oil to a skillet and heat on medium-high, for about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer patties to skillet and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Flip patties and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, adding cheese immediately if desired.

Grilling

  • Preheat the grill on medium-high heat and let it get to temperature, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer patties to grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Flip patties and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, topping with cheese 2 to 3 minutes into cooking if desired.

Notes

Tip: We use this Cuisinart burger press to get the perfect patties every time! It helps us make sure they have the same size and thickness so that they cook at the same rate.
Freezing option: You can prep a bunch of these burger patties at once and freeze them for easy grilling later on! After shaping, we like to individually wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in a large freezer bag. (The plastic wrap will prevent them from sticking to each other. Alternatively, you can use squares of wax paper between the patties.) They’ll stay fresh for up to 3 months – just make sure to label them with the date so you know when to use them by!
Sticking burgers: If your burgers are sticking to your pan or to your grill, they are not ready to be flipped or removed. Give them another minute or so and they will come away freely. 
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Author: Nicole & Alex
Calories: 413kcal
Course: Dinner, Ingredients, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue sauce, grilling, ground beef, summer, worcestershire

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg

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