Over the years of owning this food blog, I’ve learned how to make the best burger and how to cook burger patties using different methods. If you don’t want to learn how to cook burger patties on a skillet or a griddle just skip to the recipe below using the skip-to recipe feature at the top of the page.
I top mine off with leftover Bang-Bang sauce from my Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp recipe. It is the best sauce!
Ingredients for Burgers
Buns - My favorite buns for burgers are either pretzel buns or brioche buns. I get the specially selected brand Brioche Buns from Aldi all the time. Toasted buns make your burgers really stand out.
Ground Beef - Grass Fed beef is always better to buy. If you want to learn more about why grass-fed is always better check out Bobby from Flav City on Youtube. He is the best when it comes to explaining why certain products are better for you. This type of beef comes from cows that have been raised on grass fields instead of in poor conditions.
I used 96/4 lean ground beef whenever I'm watching my calories.
Applewood Bacon - My favorite type of bacon. This bacon is smoked in applewood chips and has the best flavor in my opinion.
Burger Toppings - Mayo, Pickles, Lettuce, Mustard, Ketchup, etc...
How to Cook Burger Patties
There are a million different ways you can cook a burger. My favorite way is either on the grill or a griddle.
Skillet Method: Add burgers to a skillet and cook 4 minutes per side on medium heat.
When burgers are cooked in a skillet they start to get smaller and smaller. Especially if you place a cover on the skillet and that creates more steam. When it came time to place the pico de gallo and lettuce on top it was hard because the toppings didn’t fit, and kept on falling off.
Griddle Method: Instead of shaping the burgers into patties, I shaped them into balls and placed them directly on the griddle. Then, I found something in my kitchen to help flatten them. There are special tools you can use for this but just find anything in your kitchen that is flat. The burgers kept their shape and didn’t shrivel up. That is why I prefer this method better.
Other Recipes to Try
Baked Oats with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips
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Grilled Burgers with Applewood Smoked Bacon
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 pound of 96% lean ground beef
- 2 tsp of garlic
- 5 dashes of Sriracha Sauce
- 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 pretzel buns
- 4 slices of cooked Apple Wood Smoked Bacon
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- Bang Bang Sauce (optional, click for recipe)
- Preheat a grill or griddle to medium heat.
- In a bowl combine the ground beef, garlic, Sriracha Sauce, and Worcestershire Sauce. Divide the ground beef evenly into 4 equal pieces and shape into patties.
- Grill the burgers until your desired doneness. Will vary depending on how rare you like yours.
- Assemble the burgers. Top the burger with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon and spread the bang bang sauce on top of the bun. Enjoy!
- Serving size: 1 burger
myWW points: Blue 12; Green 12; Purple 12
Different points for pretzel buns will vary between companies.
- Serving Size: 1 burger
- Calories: 358
- Sugar: 6g
- Fat: 17g
- Saturated Fat: 8g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 27g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 35g
Now here is a wake me up burger. All the essential flavors topped with apple wood bacon!