Upgrade your amazing burger with the best homemade burger seasoning recipe. No one wants a boring burger, this hamburger seasoning blend will take your burgers from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all! You can make a delicious gourmet hamburger seasoning with ingredients you already have in your pantry.
Make The Best Homemade Burger Seasoning
Upgrade your favorite burger recipe by adding the best burger seasoning recipe to your hamburger patties. 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. Store all of the seasoning you make in extra spice containers to save for later.
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 ground beef burger 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!
Why you should make your burger seasoning mix
Why should you make your burger seasoning mix at home
There are several reasons why you should consider making your burger seasoning mix at home:
- Customization: When you make your burger seasoning mix, you can adjust the ingredients and seasonings to your liking. This allows you to create a unique flavor profile tailored to your taste preferences.
- Control over ingredients: By making your burger seasoning mix, you have control over the quality and freshness of the ingredients used. You can use organic spices, avoid additives or preservatives, and even reduce the salt content to meet your dietary needs.
- Cost savings: Buying pre-made burger seasoning blends can be expensive, especially if you use it frequently. Making your blend is a cost-effective alternative that can save you money in the long run.
- Flexibility: By making your blend, you can make small batches to try out different flavor combinations, or make larger batches to have on hand for multiple uses.
- Fun cooking experience: Making your burger seasoning mix is a fun and creative cooking experience that allows you to experiment with different spices and seasonings.
Overall, making your burger seasoning mix provides you with the flexibility, control, and savings that you just can’t get from pre-made blends. So, give it a try and discover the delicious possibilities of a custom 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?
- 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. You can make substitutions for the ingredients you enjoy the most.
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.
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.
Other ways to use this burger seasoning
Do you love meatloaf? This spice blend is perfect for meatloaf. I like to add about 2 teaspoons to meatloaf when I prepare this. Another way I have enjoyed this spice blend is sprinkling some onto cream cheese and turning my smoker down to about 300 degrees and smoking the cream cheese for about 20 minutes. This also tastes great on baked potatoes, instead of using salt and ground black pepper.
Favorite Burger Recipes
Everyone loves hamburgers, so here are some more copycat hamburger recipes for you to enjoy. And, do let me know what is your favorite way to enjoy burgers.
- Backyard Burger
- Big Mac
- Culver’s Butter Burgers
- Double Cheeseburger
- Impossible Whopper
- Krystal Burger
- Quesadilla Burger
- Stuffed Burgers
- White Castle Burger
More DIY Spice Blend Recipes
Be sure to check out more of my easy burger recipes and the best DIY recipes for seasonings and more here on CopyKat.com!
The best homemade burger seasoning
- 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.
Are you sure about the amount of black pepper? That seems to be allot.
I thought this amount was good considering there are many other spices in here. You can adjust it to your preference.
This was so good! I did leave out the sugar, as my boyfriend is diabetic, and next time, I may add some of my homemade Cajun mix, but it was amazing. I wonder if powdered mustard would be good? Just a little.
Thank you so much for sharing!
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.
Lara, I will follow up with an email as well, but you have the option to adjust serving sizes by simply sliding the slider for the number of portions you want to serve.
love it! but got burnt
I am sorry your burgers burnt.
Did you… just… take off one star because YOU burnt your burgers?! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Absolutely love this recipe. Gluten Free and I didn’t add the sugar to make it Keto.. Thumbs up
So this is for a bulk blend but is there a recommended about of this per lb of meat?
Yes, this is a bulk blend of spices. Please use 1 1/2 teaspoons of seasoning blend per pound of meat.
Fun to make my own versus spending $7 for a blend we don’t care for.
Michael Ring Sr.
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.
We used this for plant based burgers (impossible). This seasoning was perfect for it.
I was looking for something different but I already use this exact spice combination, its really good.
Is this really supposed to use 4 tablespoons of black pepper? I’m guessing that’s a typo. Maybe 4 teaspoons?
Yes, it is the correct amount.
Lol we were also thinking that was allot until I realized it was for 36 burgers not 4
Most recipes call for half the amount of pepper for the amount of salt that you use.
Nice but needed to add more – 2 teaspoons at least per pound – real problem , however, with the Burgers falling apart on the grill.
Thank you for the suggestion.
GOT IT!! Add 25G of Rusk and 20ml COLD water to the mix – after mixing pop the mixture in a ZIPLOC bag and leave in the freezer for around 45 minutes before making into Patties.
How many grams of meat are you using for this recipe?
(1lb = 454g)
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.
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?
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.
Use BOTH. It was great with both
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?
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.
This was disgusting. Would not recommmend. Way too much seasoning
Love recipe just added more seasoning per pound it was great
Outstanding, I usually marinate but with this recipe its not necessary. Everyone remarked how good the burgers were.
This made my burgers great!
Loved this spice blend. My husband said these were my best burgers.
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.
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?
Sure, this keeps for three months a peak freshness, it keeps a bit longer though if you can’t consume it all within three months.