The Best Homemade Burger Seasoning

Upgrade your amazing burger the best homemade burger seasoning recipe.

homemade burger seasoning and hamburgers on a wood cutting board.

Make The Best Homemade Burger Seasoning

Upgrade your favorite burger recipe by adding the perfect seasoning to your burger patty. Your cookouts will never be the same.

Have you ever wondered about the best way to season your homemade burgers? Do you usually buy a ginormous jar of a seasoning mix that you only use once because the flavor combination isn’t quite right? This copycat hamburger seasoning recipe solves your problem, soon you will be grilling the perfect burger.

You can make this easy seasoning blend in your own kitchen. This easy recipe will help you make enough seasoning for several dinners. Your burgers will taste so good when you use this perfect burger seasoning mix.

This homemade burger seasoning is so simple to make but really takes your burgers to the next level! How do you make the best burger seasoning? It’s simple. You combine paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper, onion and garlic powders, cumin, and brown sugar.

One thing I love about this seasoning is how versatile it is. It’s a savory mix with just a hint of sweetness and is perfect for all kinds of homemade burgers – beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie burgers. Heck, this is even great in meatloaf!

spices in a burger seasoning mix

How to Make a Good Burger Seasoning

Make a good burger by combining the right combination of seasonings. This spice blend has the right combination of sweet, salty, zesty, and savory flavors.

These herbs and spices will add the right touch and turn a good burger into an amazing burger. This blend of spices is the perfect combination of flavors.

When you prepare a homemade spice blend, it is made up fresh, and full of flavor. What’s in this spice blend?

  • paprika
  • smoked paprika
  • ground black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • brown sugar
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • cayenne pepper

Want to customize your spice blend?

Of course, you can customize this recipe if you desire. You may want to add more ground pepper, or perhaps a touch of oregano.

A small amount of chili powder can add a Tex-Mex flair to this recipe. If you need a salt-free alternative, be sure to omit the salt.

What’s the Difference Between Paprika and Smoked Paprika?

This seasoning recipe uses two types of paprika. You may think that paprika is just paprika, right? In reality, paprika is more interesting in that there are several different varieties.

First off, not all paprika is spicy. Paprika is made from dried and finely ground capsicum peppers, and different regions grow peppers with different levels of heat.

Paprika labeled as “sweet” will have almost no heat at all. Smoked paprika is made from peppers that are slowly smoked over a fire, resulting in a rich smoky-sweet powder. Read more about paprika by clicking here.

Smoked paprika goes well in other foods too! Try some in chili, or sprinkle it on top of your next batch of deviled eggs, the smoke adds a nice touch to everything you add it into.

How to Cook the Perfect Grilled Burgers

The most straightforward approach to grilling your homemade burgers is over direct heat, using medium heat on a gas grill or medium-hot charcoal. Do not use high heat on the grill. The outside will be burned long before the inside cooks.

  • Be gentle with your meat. Overworking ground meat can make it tough. Do not pack the burger patties with too firm of a pressure.
  • Before you cook burgers, with your thumb, make a small depression in the middle of one side of the burger. This will keep your burger from puffing up while it cooks and helps to ensure an even surface.
  • To prevent sticking, brush a light coating of vegetable oil on the side of the burger that hits the grill first. If your meat is on the lean side, lightly brush the other side with oil before turning it over.
  • You want to make sure those yummy meat juices stay inside the patty so don’t press on the meat with a spatula.
  • Resist the temptation to keep checking the underside of your burgers to see if they’re browned. Just let the burgers be, so they have time to create their crust. A burger will tell you it’s ready when the edges start to curl up.

Everyone loves hamburgers, so here are some more copycat hamburger recipes for you to enjoy. And, do let me know what your favorite way to enjoy burgers is.

Culver’s Butter Burgers
How to Make a Big Mac
How to Make Stuffed Burgers

beef burger patties with seasoning

And, a couple of interesting links you might like:
23 Ideas for Burgers Mix-Ins
11 Burger Mistakes Everyone Makes

So what’s next? It’s time to invite your friends over for a cookout. Grab some freshly ground chuck, and fire up that grill. Gather your favorite condiments, and bite into your best burger ever! Savor a job well done.

homemade burger seasoning next to hamburgers on a wood cutting board.

Be sure to check out more of my easy burger recipes and the best DIY recipes for seasonings and more here on!

homemade burger seasoning and hamburgers on a wood cutting board.

The best homemade burger seasoning

I think that seasoning works best mixed into the burger so that every bite you take is full of flavor. You’ll be the star of all your BBQs with this easy homemade burger spice blend.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burger, Burger Seasoning
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Servings: 36
Calories: 4kcal


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients and add about 1-½ teaspoons of seasoning to a pound of ground beef. Prepare your burgers as you normally would. This recipe works for hamburgers on a grill, and this recipe works well for burgers you cook on an iron skillet.



Your dry mix will keep in an airtight container for up to three months. And, you will use it all up! Guaranteed!


Air tight container


Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Lara

    3 stars
    Recipe was tasty. But it was for 36 servings so I had to reduce it down to 4 servings and it gave odd measurements that I had to in some cases just best guess in translating. I would like for the person who created this recipe to make one that is “family” size instead of for a whole football team.

  2. Michael Ring Sr.

    5 stars
    ZI tried this seasoning today and it was great I followed the seasoning as instructed we loved it I did add salt and pepper to the burgers while cooking and I also added a Tbl. spoon of butter to the skillet I love butter burgers.


    4 stars
    Nice but needed to add more – 2 teaspoons at least per pound – real problem , however, with the Burgers falling apart on the grill.

  4. Stephan

    5 stars
    Ran out of my favorite seasoning, thought I would give this a try. It was better than my much more expensive seasoning sold at my store.

  5. Mere

    The recipe at the bottom lists cumin, but the list of ingredients in your explanation at the top lists cayene pepper. Should I add both? Amounts?

    • Gregg Boury

      I’m guessing cayenne. Cumin would not normally be used in a burger seasoning. But I suggest chipotle powder instead of cayenne. It gives the heat but also gives a smokey flavor. Especially good if not using charcoal.

  6. Violette

    Since this seasoning blend has salt included in the recipe, is there no need to salt the outside of the patty right before putting it on the grill pan? Also is it not good to form these patties ahead of time because I read that salt can start to break down the proteins if done too early?

    • Stephanie

      You could do it either way. It’s up to you. I personally would not salt the burger again before placing it on the grill. Yes, salt helps to break down proteins, but I think it does take time for this to happen.

    • wesley

      5 stars
      Outstanding, I usually marinate but with this recipe its not necessary. Everyone remarked how good the burgers were.

  7. baltisraul

    5 stars
    I agree, I do try a lot of seasoning combos and eventually they go unused after a few tries. Looking for the perfect one can be expensive. haha Three years ago I settled on one CopyKat blend and have never looked back. If I’m going to grill or pan sear/fry I’m going to use Ted’s Montana Grill Seasoning mix. Initially it was introduce for Bison but I found it adapts to anything that looks pink before you start cooking. I even taped the ingredients to the side of the jar so I wouldn’t lose the recipe. As this recipe evolved the only change I made was to double the pepper content.

  8. Tonilea

    I think this might be a good Christmas gift for my son in law and my son. How long do you think it would last? Can you keep it with your spices for a while?

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