Baked Hamburgers (How to Cook Burgers in the Oven)

Baked Hamburgers are delicious and easy! Learn how to cook burgers in the oven for a juicy, delicious burger. When you broil hamburgers in the oven you get an easy and quick way to make them any time of year, without a grill. Add cheese, your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

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What’s in Baked Burgers?

Sometimes grilling burgers just isn’t an option, but you can broil them in the oven instead. It’s an easy method for cooking hamburgers, it’s quick, and they come out nice and juicy.

  • Ground Chuck: My favorite kind of meat for burgers. It’s fattier and more flavorful than traditional ground beef.
  • Salt + Pepper: Enhances the flavor of the meat.
  • Cheese: For all my cheese lovers, use your favorite cheese to turn these burgers into cheeseburgers.
  • Burger Buns: Grab your favorite buns for serving. Brioche buns are a great way to make them feel a little more gourmet, but any type is fine.
  • Toppings: I went for the classics– ketchup, lettuce, onion, and tomato– but the sky’s the limit!

Pro Tip: Don’t overmix the ground beef; otherwise, it could make the burgers tough and chewy!

Variations on Burgers in the Oven

There are so many ways to jazz up these classic baked hamburgers. Add some spicy mayo, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, and onion rings to make cowboy burgers. Or, add some barbecue sauce to make BBQ burgers. Some caramelized onions and Swiss cheese will turn these into caramelized onion Swiss burgers, and a fried egg can be the perfect start to a breakfast burger. The possibilities are endless!

raw hamburger patties on a baking sheet
Can you cook burgers in the oven?

Yes! You absolutely can cook burgers in the oven, and I’m going to show you how!

How long do you cook burgers for in the oven?

When broiling burgers in the oven, you’ll need to cook the patties for about 3-4 minutes on each side (so a total of 8 minutes). Be sure to check the internal temperature of your burgers so you know when they are done.

Is it better to cook burgers on a skillet or in the oven?

I wouldn’t say either method is better than the other. I love to broil hamburgers, and I love to cook them on the stove too. Both are easy to do, and both allow you to make burgers indoors, any time of year. Everyone will have their preference, but I recommend trying both methods to see what works best for you.

Do you need to flip burgers in the oven?

Yes, you need to flip the burgers halfway through cooking to ensure that they are evenly browned and cooked all the way through.

How thick should a burger patty be?

I recommend making burger patties about 1-inch thick. If it’s too thick, it will get dry and crispy on the outside before cooking through fully in the center.

broiled hamburgers on buns with cheese and toppings

How to Store and Reheat

Once cooked, let your baked burgers cool to room temperature. Store them in a resealable bag, airtight container, or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat the burger patties in a 350°F oven for about 7 minutes, or until warmed through.

How to Freeze

To freeze homemade burger patties, let them cool completely. I recommend wrapping each one separately with aluminum foil, and then placing them all in a freezer-safe, resealable bag. Freeze for 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Serving Suggestions

I love topping my burgers with lettuce, tomato, onions, and ketchup. Some honey mustard or my all-time favorite burger sauce an add a bit more flavor. A few strips of sweet and spicy bacon would be so yummy!

But this meal isn’t complete without the classic sides! Some French fries, sweet potato fries, or tater tots would be delish! Coleslaw, mac and cheese, or cucumber tomato salad also pair super well.

close up on a cheeseburger topped with tomato and onion slices

Learn more about internal temperatures for different meats plus get a FREE printable Meat Temperature Chart.

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Baked Hamburgers Recipe

Learn how to broil hamburgers for a juicy, delicious burger. Cooking hamburgers in the oven is an easy and quick way to make them any time of year, without a grill. Add cheese, your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
Course Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 483kcal
Author Becky Hardin


  • 1 pound ground chuck (or your favorite burger blend)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 4 burger buns lightly buttered and toasted


  • Heat oven to broil (high) and set the oven rack to the upper-middle position.
  • Line a cast iron grill pan or baking sheet with foil.
  • Divide the meat into four 4-ounce portions. Very gently, and without overworking the meat, form each portion into 4 loose balls. Place one ball on a dessert plate or other flat surface and gently press it down to make a disc about ½-¾ inch thick (your personal choice). Now gently turn the disc around while slightly pressing an indentation around the edge (kind of like a moat right inside the burger’s edge). This will keep the burger from developing a mound in the middle and your burger will remain flat while cooking. Place the burger on the prepared pan and repeat the process with the remaining portions of beef.
    1 pound ground chuck
  • Season both sides of each burger generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and place the burgers in the oven.
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Broil for 4 minutes, or until the top has browned and beginning to char.
  • Flip the burgers over and broil until the center reads 155°F internally, about 3-4 minutes longer.
  • Top each burger with a slice of your favorite cheese, if desired, and cook just until the cheese melts.
    4 slices cheese
  • Transfer the burgers to a cooling rack and tent with foil to allow time for the internal temperature to reach 160°F.
  • Serve the burgers on toasted buns and top with the condiments of your choice.
    4 burger buns



  • NOTE: Some readers have noted that placing the burgers too close to the broiler can lead to a grease fire. I recommend setting the oven rack at least 2 notches down from the heating element to prevent this!
  • Remove your burgers from heat about 5 degrees before your desired temperature. They will continue cooking for a few minutes after being removed from heat, so this is the best way to make sure they’re not overdone. 
  • Nutritional information does not include optional condiments and toppings.
Storage: Store baked hamburgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1216mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 4mg

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