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The Best-Ever Ranch Burger Recipe

My goal for the summer was to figure out a good burger recipe and I’m happy to report that I did it.  In the past, we seasoned our burgers with onion soup mix, but they didn’t compare to the pre-seasoned burgers sold at the grocery store.  I figured there had to be a cheaper and healthier way to make them at home and got to work. 

I started by researching other burger recipes on Pinterest and found that the best burgers are made with fatty meat (ground chuck is best but 80/20 will work too).  I also learned that most people season their burgers will simple dashes of salt and pepper (we tried it and it wasn’t flavorful at all).

I tried making a fresh jalapeño and bacon burger (fail) and then decided flavoring with my favorite homemade spice mixes was the way to go.

The Best-Ever Ranch Burger Recipe

The main thing I learned is that you need A LOT of seasoning to flavor a burger.  Forget about a dash of salt and pepper and pour it all in!   It seems like 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef needs 1.5-2 seasoning packets (store-bought or homemade).

I also learned that burgers shrink a lot while cooking.  When I first looked at raw ground beef I thought I could make 5-6 burgers per pound, but they were so small after cooking.  Quarter-pounders are the best size (4 burgers per pound of meat).

After a few tries at forming the burger patties by hand I bought this inexpensive burger press on Amazon.  It is awesome!  It’s dishwasher-safe and makes the burgers perfectly thick and uniform.  (Seriously, your friends will be so impressed by the look of these burgers.)

Ranch Burgers

Here’s why we fell in love with this ranch burger recipe:

  • The garlic, onion, and dill flavors really come through to make the burgers super flavorful and delicious (even my husband loves them and he’s not a big fan of ranch dressing).
  • They are so easy to make. All you need is ground meat and seven simple seasonings.
  • I can freeze a bunch of burgers when ground beef is on sale and save a lot of money.

I know you’re going to love this recipe. Enjoy, friends!

Ranch Burger Recipe

Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and form into six burgers.
  2. Place burgers on the grill for 3 minutes, flip, and then grill for 5-7 more minutes until desired doneness.

To Freeze and Cook Later

  1. Label a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and use-by date (which should be 3 months from the prep date).
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and form into six burgers.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and freeze for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Add to freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.
  5. When ready to cook, thaw for at least 2 hours (You can also thaw them in the microwave or ahead of time by placing in the refrigerator overnight.  Thawing is important because it’s easy to overcook and burn frozen burgers.)
  6. Place burgers on the grill for 3 minutes, flip, and then grill for 5-7 more minutes until desired doneness.

Serve with your favorite burger toppings and baked sweet potato fries.  YUM.

The Best-Ever Ranch Burger Recipe

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. 

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