The Best Hamburger Recipe (and amazing secret sauce)

This really is the Best Hamburger Recipe! If you read on, I'll spill all my secrets on how to make hamburgers and the secret sauce that sets these homemade burgers apart!

Best homemade hamburgers recipe including special sauce
I don’t know what is better, the smell of these hamburgers cooking or the actual hamburgers. Either way, I’m in love. These burgers will have you craving more! This is seriously The Best Hamburger Recipe, and it’s all due to the Amazing Secret Sauce. Keep reading to find out what it is…
My family and I love eating out. I always find myself ordering a burger, which leaves me feeling a little sick afterward; which is why I love eating at home, with fresh ingredients that I know are good for my body and my family. This hamburger is just that. The ingredients are all right there and this extra sauce adds a punch of flavor that I promise you are going to love!
We love pairing these hamburgers with our favorite Potato Salad and our favorite Baked Beans.
homemade burgers made from the best hamburger recipe

How to Make Hamburgers

If the burgers are having a hard time sticking together, I usually add an egg to the raw ground beef and work it into the meat with my hands (gross I know, but it works better).
I love how fresh homemade burgers are. All the ingredients taste so much better when they are freshly chopped and fresh from the garden. To shape the burgers, I usually just grab a fistful or about a 1/2 cup of the meat, shape it into a ball, then press it out with my palms until my desired thickness. My husband likes his thick, but I love mine on the thin side.
How to make hamburgers including our secret sauce

The Special Sauce

In addition to the seasoning in the burger itself, this sauce puts our hamburger recipe over the top. The sauce is a mixture of ketchup, bbq sauce Worcestershire sauce, salt, and relish. The flavor combo is unreal! It’s our family’s new favorite sauce. We like to dip our Sweet Potato Fries. Some of our favorite toppings to add are red onion, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes, and pickles. I am also a sucker for a few banana peppers on my burgers.
If you are anything like the sisters, no barbecue is complete without dessert. Check out our favorite summer barbecue dessert here: Frozen Peanut Butter Cloud Pie.

Serves: 5

The Best Hamburger Recipe (and amazing secret sauce)

10 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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  • Burger:
  • 1 lb ground beef (I used 85/15- you want a fattier meat to make a juicier burger!)
  • sesame seed buns
  • 1/2 cup Monterrey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • seasoned salt to taste
  • cracked black pepper
  • onion powder
  • Secret Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup of mayo
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • seasoned salt


  1. Combine the ground beef, grated cheese, bbq sauce, and seasonings. Shape patties that are about 1 inch thick. With the 1 pound of ground beef I made 5 large patties.
  2. Turn grill up to high and let it get hot.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-high and place the burgers on the grill. Allow this side of the patty to cook for about 4-6 minutes, but make sure it doesn?t burn. Then flip the burger over and cook until done.
  4. For the sauce: Combine all ingredients and whisk until well mixed. Taste and adjust ingredients to your liking.
  5. Assemble the burgers and serve with the special sauce, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles and your other favorite hamburger toppings!
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35 Responses to “The Best Hamburger Recipe (and amazing secret sauce)”

  1. This sauce is very similar to the Survival Sauce I make (to help us deal with not having In-N-Out Burger in Georgia) -- I'll have to try the Worcestershire sauce! And we've learned from Five Guys Burgers & Fries to shake some McCormick Cajun seasoning on our fries!
  2. Lorina
    I am making these right now. I tasted a small piece of the cooked beef, and it is delicious! However, the patties seem to be falling apart on my grill. Did anybody else have this problem? Any suggested remedies? Thanks so much!
  3. I have tried to make these twice but I cannot get them to stay together on the grill. They always crumble as I start cooking them. I eat them in crumbles because the flavor is so yummy. But I'm wondering if you have any tips to helping me keep them from crumbling.
  4. For those of you having problems with the ground beef falling apart: First, use ground beef with a HIGHER fat content when grilling burgers. AT MOST 80% lean. Second, after forming your burgers, put them on a plate or separate with wax paper and put them in the FREEZER for at least an hour. Keep in mind your cheese and sauces have a lot of salt in them, so go easy when seasoning the meat. And this "secret sauce" is essentially Thousand Island dressing (ketchup, mayo and relish) with Worcestershire sauce in it.
    • Sometimes we add bbq sauce to add a little kick to the secret sauce. It's just whatever you prefer. In Utah we serve this secret sauce at Arctic Circle and Crown Burger and we call it "Fry Sauce" here in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. It's amazing with fries too! Happy National Utah day!
    • Also, LEAVE ANY LIQUIDS OUT UNTIL AFTER COOKING. If you put liquids such as BBQ sauce into your meat before forming, it will disintegrate the beef on the grill. At most, maybe a few drops of liquid smoke or toasted sesame oil, but those can also be added AFTER cooking. Others will use binders such as eggs or panko bread crumbs, with varying results.

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