If you’re tired of the mess and hassle that comes with cooking burgers on the stovetop, then this article is for you! Introducing baked burgers – the game-changing, mess-free alternative that will revolutionize your burger nights. Not only are these burgers tender and juicy, but they also require minimal effort and cleanup. Keep reading to discover the secret to perfectly cooked, oven-baked burgers.
The Magic of Baked Burgers
When I first heard about baked burgers, I was skeptical. I imagined soggy, flavorless patties coming out of the oven. However, I was pleasantly surprised. These burgers are incredibly tender and juicy, requiring no flipping or cooking spray. Simply place them on a lined baking sheet and let the oven work its magic. Say goodbye to messy grease splatters and hello to a stress-free cooking experience.
Easy and Quick Cooking Process
One of the best things about baked burgers is how quick and easy they are to cook. With just 20 minutes in a 375-degree oven, you can have perfectly cooked burgers that reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. This makes them a true 30-minute meal. Spend just 10 minutes seasoning and shaping the burgers, and the oven takes care of the rest.
Choosing the Perfect Ground Beef
While fat adds flavor, I recommend using lean ground beef for baked burgers. Not only do the patties retain their shape and size, but there is also virtually no mess during the cooking process. I’ve tested both 90/10 and 97/3 ground beef, and while both are incredibly tender and juicy, the 90/10 blend offers a slightly richer flavor.
If you prefer fattier ground beef, consider placing the burger patties on a wire rack on the baking sheet to prevent them from sitting in grease.
While the burgers are baking in the oven, take the opportunity to prepare your favorite toppings. Here are some of our family’s go-to choices:
- Sautéed garlic butter mushrooms
- Oven bacon
- Sliced white or red onion
- Fresh tomato
- Fresh lettuce
- Mayonnaise (give it a try!)
Softening Gluten-Free Buns
We all know that gluten-free buns often lack the soft and squishy texture of regular buns. But fear not! I have two tricks to make them more appetizing:
- Toast the buns cut-side up under the broiler until they’re golden brown and softened. Top with a cheeseburger patty and toppings, then enjoy immediately.
- Place a baked burger patty onto the bun, wrap it in foil, and put it back into the hot oven for a few minutes. This trick works wonders for both gluten-free and regular hamburger buns, making them irresistibly soft. Trust me; it’s a game-changer!
Alternatively, you can skip the bun altogether and wrap your oven-baked burger in crisp iceberg lettuce for a satisfying low-carb option. It’s surprisingly delicious!
How to Cook Burgers in the Oven
Now, let’s walk through the simple steps to cook delicious burgers in the oven:
Step 1: Season the Beef
In a large bowl, combine ground beef with your favorite seasoning blend. Here’s a simple homemade blend to get you started:
- Dried minced onion
- Dried minced garlic
- Crushed fennel seeds (place them in a baggie and crush with a meat mallet)
- Black pepper
Mix the beef and seasonings together with your hands until just combined.
Step 2: Shape the Patties
Divide the seasoned beef mixture into quarters and then each quarter in half. Use your hands to shape eight burger patties. Place the patties on a sheet pan lined with foil and parchment paper to prevent splatters.
Step 3: Bake and Add Cheese
Bake the burgers in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Once cooked, place American cheese slices (or your preferred cheese) on top of each patty and return the pan to the oven for a minute or so to melt the cheese.
Step 4: Assemble and Enjoy
Transfer the cheeseburger patties to toasted hamburger buns or use the foil-wrapped warming trick mentioned earlier for extra softness. Add all your favorite toppings, and it’s time to dig in. Get ready to savor the incredible flavor and juiciness of these easy, tender, and absolutely delicious baked cheeseburgers.
More Tasty Burger Recipes
If you’re craving even more burger inspiration, here are some additional mouthwatering recipes to try:
- Mushroom Swiss Burgers
- Chicken Fajita Cheeseburgers
- Italian Sausage and Peppers Cheeseburgers
- Chicago Style Italian Burgers
- Homemade Brat Burgers
- Chicken Caesar Burgers
Remember, baked burgers are not only a mess-free alternative to pan-fried burgers but also a delicious way to enjoy juicy, flavorful patties. So why not give them a try? Your taste buds and your kitchen will thank you.
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