A sprinkling of smoked paprika makes all the difference in this delicious recipe for broiled burgers.
The secret to these super delicious burgers? A generous sprinkling of smoked paprika. The combination of the seasoned beef and the sharp cheddar is phenomenal.
Can you bake or broil hamburgers?
Yes! Frying or grilling do work best to create a wonderful crust on the outside of hamburgers, sealing the juices in. But broiled burgers, while not as wonderfully browned, are excellent, and broiling is so much easier than frying.
As for baked hamburgers, they are delicious, but they are the least juicy out of all these hamburger cooking options.
How long does it take to cook burgers under the broiler?
Not long! I broil these hamburgers for 3 minutes per side. Even if you like them medium, you should probably not broil hamburgers for longer than 4 minutes per side.
Obviously, as with all recipes, you will need to check in your own oven and make sure they are done to your liking.
What type of ground beef to use?
Admittedly, making burgers from freshly ground chuck is always best. But I find that these burgers, made with vacuum-packed 85/15 ground beef, are just as good as the fancy ones that I sometimes order at upscale restaurants.
How to serve broiled burgers
I don’t bother with buns when serving them. It’s been a long time since I had any kind of bread. Sure, cloud bread and 90 second bread can serve as hamburger buns. But I find that bunless burgers are just as enjoyable.
Are they healthy?
I believe they are. While current dietary advice is to limit red meat, fresh unprocessed meat is very nutritious.
As long as one doesn’t overindulge, or have a specific issue that requires them to limit saturated fat (which is generally not harmful), I believe that red meat does have a place in a healthy diet.
And dairy products, especially full-fat dairy, are much healthier than once thought.
How to keep leftover broiled burgers?
Leftovers keep fine in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently in the microwave on 50% power. Start with about 30 seconds per side and see if they’re heated through.
More tasty ground beef recipes
For a truly amazing burger experience, try these bacon burgers. Mixing ground bacon into the ground beef makes for some extra juicy, extra flavorful burgers.
And this cheesy meat pie is amazing. It’s one of my favorite ways to cook ground beef.
- Avocado oil spray
- 2 lb. lean ground beef (85/15)
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt (not fine salt)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 4 (1 oz) slices extra sharp cheddar
- Preheat broiler on high. Position an oven rack directly (3 inches) below the heat element. Line a baking sheet with foil and fit it with a wire rack. Spray the rack with avocado oil.
- Sprinkle the Kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika on the meat. Work the spices gently and evenly into the meat.
- Divide the seasoned meat into four equal 8-oz portions and gently shape them into four large patties, 5 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick.
- Place the burger patties on the prepared wire rack. Push down on the center of each patty to create a 2-inch-wide dimple. This will help the burgers stay flat as they cook.
- Broil the burgers to medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side. For medium, broil 4 minutes per side.
- Turn the oven off, top each burger patty with a slice of cheese, and return to the still-warm oven for just a few seconds, until cheese is melted. Serve the broiled burgers immediately.