Forget the grill, grill pans, and pan-searing: turns out the best way to get burgers made fast and easy is with the oven. The Best Oven Burgers are just as juicy, fatty, indulgent, and savory as their grilled counterparts but with far less cleanup and far more efficiency. Topped with your favorite burger toppings such as melty cheddar and tangy pickles, the Best Oven Burgers can win any homemade burger taste test hands-down. Now you just need some oven fires to accompany them!
IngredientsFor the burgers: • 1 pound ground beef, 80% lean • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder • kosher salt, to taste • freshly ground black pepper, to taste For serving: • 4 burger buns, toasted • 4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese • tomato slices, optional, to taste • lettuce leaves, optional, to taste • pickles, optional, to taste • ketchup, optional, to taste • mustard, optional, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven.
In a medium bowl, gently mix the beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion, salt, and pepper until just combined.
Shape the beef mixture into 4 equal-sized patties, slightly wider than their intended buns (they will shrink slightly during cooking). Press a wide, shallow indent into the center of each patty. This is critical to keeping the patty shape during cooking.
Carefully remove the preheated skillet or baking sheet from the oven and place the patties on it.
Return the skillet or sheet to the oven and cook the burgers for 4 minutes.
Flip the patties and cook to the desired level of doneness, about 2 minutes for rare (135 degrees F), about 4 minutes for medium-rare (140 degrees F), about 5 minutes for medium (145 degrees F), about 6 minutes for medium-well (150 degrees F), and about 8 minutes for well-done (155-160 degrees F). Use a meat thermometer to ensure the beef is cooked to your desired temperature.
Serve each burger on the buns with your desired toppings.