Burger Seasoning – Unlock the key to grilling up an irresistible burger with this homemade burger seasoning. It boasts the perfect balance of savory and herby flavors infused with a hint of heat. This exceptional spice blend will elevate any meaty dish far beyond the burger patties.
I know what you’re thinking – why bother making your own blend when you can just buy it? Well, yeah, it’s convenient, but after reading the ingredient list and seeing the long list of words I can’t pronounce, I decided to make my own. We only want the best for our family, don’t we?
Not only is homemade healthier and cheaper, but the satisfaction of making your own blend is terrific. And that’s because you can customize the spices to your taste. And the best part? It’s so simple! Mixing a few herbs and spices unlocks a whole world of perfect flavors.
And it’s not only for burgers. You can use it in chicken and grilled meat, too. Ooh! This is gonna be exciting! 😉
What Is Burger Seasoning?
As the name suggests, it’s a seasoning blend specifically for burgers with tasty herbs and spices like paprika, thyme, and garlic powder. It adds depth and complexity for even more delicious burgers. I often sprinkle it on meat before cooking or mix it directly into the ground meat during the patty-making process.
The good news is that you don’t have to limit it to burgers because it can season almost anything. And if you’re into grilling like me, the grilling party is on! 👌
All you need to make this versatile homemade seasoning is a little time and easy-to-find ingredients.
- Onion and Garlic Powder – These two powders create a nice flavorsome mixture of sweet and savory taste that is perfect for any dish.
- Salt and Pepper – Nothing beats the S&P combo to enhance the overall flavor.
- Thyme and Oregano – You can’t go wrong with earthy flavors from the marvelous mint family for a fantastic aroma.
- Spices – Chili powder, cayenne, and paprika spice it up. Who doesn’t want patties with a kiss of heat and smokiness? Add more for a fiery grilling adventure. 🥵
How to Make Burger Seasoning
- Combine – In a small bowl, mix paprika, salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, thyme, oregano, and cayenne pepper
- Stir ingredients together until they are evenly distributed. Be sure to mix well because sugar has a different texture and might not blend well if using any. Use as needed when making burgers. If using store-bought patties, sprinkle the seasoning on top of the patties.
- Adjust – Feel free to adjust the quantities of the spices according to your taste.
- Store your amazing seasoning mix in a spice jar or any airtight container and place it in a cool, dry place. It can last for several months, even a year. However, it starts losing potency the longer it stays on the shelf.
- Marinade – Adding liquid ingredients, such as vinegar, lemon, soy sauce, or honey, makes a fantastic marinade.
- Burger BBQ Seasoning – Why not make a barbecue burger? You can add barbecue powder to your seasoning mix for another layer of deliciousness.
- Seasoning Swaps – Depending on what you like, you can swap or add some seasonings to make it extra spicy or sweet. Adding a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg goes a long way (yes, in small amounts, they’re great on beef). 😉
Tips and Tricks
- A spin in the food processor or blender can make a smooth powder for a finer spice mix.
- Place the seasoning in an empty salt shaker and keep it on the table to ramp up ordinary meals.
- Add rice grains or food-grade silica gel packets to your spice jar to prevent clumping.
- If the seasoning clumps, you can break them in the food processor.
- Remember to label your spice container with the name and date you made it. I always say I won’t forget, and I always do. 🤦🏿♀️
The burger spice mix is pre-made, so making it in advance saves you time and is handy for future use. Simply follow the how-to, store in your spice mix container or jar, and use when ready. 👍
Serving and Storage Instructions
Transfer the leftover burger seasoning blend to a clean and dry spice jar or container and store it at room temperature. Your pantry, kitchen cabinet, or drawer will do as long as it is cool, dark, dry, and away from direct sunlight. Spices usually stay fresh for 6 months to a year.
You can freeze it for a couple of years, but keep it sealed so humidity can’t get in and change the flavor.
When ready to use, mix with your ground meat combo or sprinkle on top of store-bought patties. You can also use the burger spice mix on snacks like fries, scrambled eggs, sandwiches, and more!
You can add the seasoning to the ground beef before forming the patties or sprinkle it on afterward while cooking. Cook the patties on each side for 2-4 minutes, flipping with a large spatula so they hold together. If you’re making french fries, you can sprinkle it on them too.
Although salt and pepper are enough to season your burger, this spice mix will instantly level up your burger experience. It captures the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and the right amount of heat to satisfy all your burger cravings. Adding cinnamon and nutmeg also adds an exciting flavor.
The secret to a good burger is cooking it at the right temperature with the right seasoning. Overcooking leads to dry and tough patties, and who likes that? The ideal temperature should be about 375-400℉/190-205℃, cooking for 2-4 minutes on each side, depending on the desired doneness.
How to Use Burger Seasoning
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Try this burger seasoning, and I bet you’ll be grilling more often than before. Subscribe to my newsletter for more grilled and smoked recipe updates. ❤️
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- ½ tablespoon garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- In a small bowl, mix paprika, salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, thyme, oregano, and cayenne pepper.
- Stir ingredients until they are evenly distributed. Be sure to mix well because sugar has a different texture and might not blend well if using any. Use as needed when making burgers. If using store-bought patties, sprinkle the seasoning on top of the patties.
- Transfer leftover burger seasoning to a spice jar or any airtight container and place it in a cool, dry place.
- Feel free to adjust the quantities of the spices according to your taste
- Don’t forget to label your spice container with the name and date you made it. Very helpful if you want to know when to use or discard.
- Please remember that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.