How to Cook Burgers on the Stove

Stovetop Burgers are easier than you  might think! Once we learned How to Cook Burgers on the Stove it’s our go-to easy dinner for anytime of year. Cooking Burgers on the Stove is a great way to make sure you cook a JUICY and PERFECT Stovetop Burger each and every time. Hamburgers on the Stove is the only  way to cook cheeseburgers!

stovetop burgers topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles

Stovetop Burgers Recipe

Once we learned how to make burgers on the stove that were juicy, perfect, and easy every time, this has become our go-to stovetop burgers recipe. I love that you can cook burgers on the stove year round; so a great cheeseburger is able to be served year round, regardless of a grill! These ridiculously delicious stovetop burgers are delicious and cooked to order every time!

If you’re a true hamburger or cheeseburger lover, then you NEED this Stovetop Burgers Recipe. Get ready to sink your teeth the BEST PAN FRIED BURGER you have ever tasted! See all the tips and tricks below for making it absolutely perfect every time.

Once you know how to make burgers on the stove, you’ll be able to make them in any season–no grill needed!

stovetop cheeseburger on a plate

how to cook burgers on the stove - step by step

Tips for Cooking Burgers on the Stove

The key to a perfect Stovetop Burger is knowing how long to cook burgers, testing your internal temperatures, and keeping things simple.

There are lots of great loaded burger recipes out there, and we have some we love ourselves like our Mediterranean Chicken Burgers and these Cowboy Burgers. When it comes down to it, we love a simple and classic cheeseburger better than anything.

These Stovetop Burgers are the type of meal I could eat every day for the rest of my life. It’s seasoned with just salt and peppers, letting the juicy beef really shine. Of course there are lots of variations you can make, but we stand by the fact that a perfectly cooked pan fried burger covered in melted cheese is the ONLY way to make a Stovetop Burger. See below for How to Make Burgers on the Stove!

up close picture of the best burger recipe cooked on the stove

sliced stovetop cheese burger topped with lettuce tomato onion and pickle

Can you cook frozen hamburgers on the stove?

You can, and sources say if done correctly you can get them to taste almost as juicy as a fresh beef burger, but I don’t recommend it. Fresh is best for cooking a truly juicy and amazing burger on the stove!

Can you cook a burger in the oven?

Yes, you can cook burgers in the oven if you prefer. We just want to make sure we can make delicious burgers year round, so oven or stove top works!

How to Cook Burgers in the Oven:

  1. Season as listed below in the recipe card, then line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack above the sheet.
  2. Place all four patties on the baking rack. Cook at 350°F for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temp is to your liking (rare, medium rare, medium, etc).

The drawback to cooking in the oven is you don’t have the sear from cooking on the stovetop. But the good news is you don’t really need it since you’re not turning the burgers (aka not losing the juices). Win win! Either method works perfectly!

What are the internal temperatures when cooking burgers on the stove?

Internal temperatures for a ground beef burger are as follows:

  • MEDIUM RARE: 130-135°F
  • MEDIUM: 145°F
  • MEDIUM WELL: 150-155°F
  • WELL DONE: 160-165°F

*NOTE: The FDA officially recommends that hamburgers be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure all bacteria is killed. If you choose to do more of a Medium cook, be sure you’re using the freshest beef or even making your own ground beef!

We have created an internal temperature guide as well as FREE PRINTABLE for easy tips on cooking meats! Click HERE to print your free version.

What do you serve with Stovetop Burgers?

When we finally learned how to make burgers on the stove, I knew we also needed the perfect side dishes. We love to serve these juicy stovetop cheeseburgers with a few favorites.

How long to cool burgers for medium rare – well done stovetop burgers?

GOOD QUESTION! This is the easiest and safest way to make sure your burgers are cooked to perfection every time. Cook times for cooking burgers on the stove (that are about 1 inch thick and cooked on medium high heat)  are as follows:

  • MEDIUM RARE (Red in the Middle): 6 minutes total (3 minutes on each side)
  • MEDIUM (Pink in the Middle): 7-8 minutes total
  • MEDIUM-WELL (Smidge of Pink in the Middle): 9 minutes total
  • WELL DONE (No Pink): 10 minutes total

Again, the FDA recommends at least close to a well done burger at 160F. So about 9-10 minutes total cooking time is what we are shooting for.

overhead picture of burger and fries

sliced stovetop burger sliced with fries

How to Make Burgers on the Stove

You too can cook the PERFECT Stovetop Burgers! I believe in you. Be sure to fully read the instructions as well as all the tips for how to cook burgers on the stove above. Decide which temp you’re going for and then kick some butt! Your family is going to love these. Who needs Summer? We can excel at cooking burgers on the stove ALL YEAR LONG!

Watch the video of see the recipe card below for details on How to Cook Burgers on the Stove. Stovetop Burgers for the WIN!

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