How to Cook Hamburgers on the Stove

Ever wonder about how to cook hamburgers on the stove?

I much prefer cooking hamburgers on the stove in the comfort of my cozy kitchen, than outside on the grill, especially since I got my great cast iron grill pan.

Call me crazy, but I just don’t see the intrigue of cooking outside over an open flame.  (Please, don’t tell Bobby Flay.)

It’s less bother, less hot, and much less buggy to cook inside.  I think its more quick and easy too.

And it’s probably healthier too.  Many studies show that grilled meat can be particularly unhealthy.

How To Cook Hamburgers on the Stove


So, want to know how do you cook hamburgers on the stove?

Cooking hamburgers on the stove couldn’t be easier.  All you need is a large frying pan or Cast-Iron Grill/Griddle like this one and some hamburger meat or ground beef.

I like to make 1-inch thick hamburgers using about 5 to 6 ounces of ground chuck that is about 80 to 85% lean.  This makes a hamburger that is juicy but not too greasy.  Of course you can make any size hamburgers you want from whatever grade of beef you prefer.

To make hamburger patties, season your hamburger meat with salt and pepper, and then gently and lightly shape each portion of hamburger meat into a round patty that is 3/4 to 1-inch thick and a bit larger in diameter than you desire because the meat will shrink as it cooks.  To prevent  the cooked hamburger from having a rounded bump in the center, press a 1/4-inch indentation in the center of your hamburger.  (A great tip I learned from one of my favorite cookbooks)

How to Cook Hamburgers on the Stove

Homemade Hamburgers

When you are ready to cook your hamburgers rub a little oil in your pan and place the pan on the stove over medium heat. Once the oil is glistening, add your hamburger patties (indentation side up), being careful not to overcrowd the pan.  Cook for about 4 minutes, flip the burgers with a sturdy spatula, and continue to cook until your desired doneness is achieved.

How to Cook Hamburgers on the Stove


The total time needed to cook your hamburgers will depend on a number of things including the size and thickness of your hamburgers and how hot your stove/pan is.  I find that 1-inch thick hamburgers take about 8 to 12 minutes to be done to our liking.

There are several ways you can check your hamburger for doneness.  Experienced cooks can press on the meat with their finger and tell by its firmness how done it is. However, this takes some practice. You also can make a little cut with the pointy end of a sharp knife and take a peak.  Or you can buy a Digital Instant Read Thermometer to insert into the center of your meat to takes it’s temperature, which is what most cooking experts suggest.

So, there you have it. Everything you need to know about how to cook burgers on the stove.

If you want a little more information on how to make hamburgers on the stove here’s my Homemade Hamburger Recipe for you. I’ve also got a great collection of simple ground beef recipes perfect for quick and easy dinners.

If you liked reading about how to cook hamburgers on the stove you might also like:

Turkey Burger Recipes – for those who prefer burgers made from ground turkey
Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe – perfect with hamburgers
Simple Shredded Romaine Salad - another great side dish with hamburgers
Cheeseburger Salad - a fun quick and easy dinner recipe with all the flavors of cheeseburgers in a main dish salad

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