Use this Burger Seasoning recipe to make homemade hamburger patties taste absolutely incredible! With simple and easy-to-find ingredients like paprika, garlic powder, and dried oregano, you will learn how to season a patty that is perfect for grilling. This mix is good for beef, turkey, and bison, or use it in your Beyond or Impossible options!

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Have you been settling for a subpar hamburger recipe – you know it’s missing SOMETHING but have no idea what that is?

Well, my friend, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret that I’ve been using for years now.

This simple burger seasoning mix is all you need to take ANY ground beef, turkey, bison, or veggie burger to the next level of flavor awesomeness!

Make a big batch in your own kitchen, and store it for later any time you want to give your patties a little more pizzazz!

And the best thing about it is that you probably already have all of these spices on hand.

Whether you cook your burgers inside or opt for grilling out, this recipe gives incredible flavor. Or, sprinkle it on patties and make Air Fryer Hamburgers! Trust me, this is a secret you want in on.

Paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper are the ingredients in this recipe.

Ingredients

To make the best Burger Seasoning recipe you need:

  • Paprika. Though made from crushed red peppers, this mild spice adds a depth of flavor to both burgers and cheeseburgers.
  • Garlic powder. Do not skip out on this ingredient. Be sure you’re not using garlic salt, though.
  • Onion powder. This is essential for the best taste in your burger and adds a bit of sweetness. Onion and garlic powder or not interchangeable, either. You need both for the best flavor!
  • Oregano. The woody taste of this dried herb enhances the smokiness you get from grilling a hamburger. You can also use parsley or basil.
  • Salt. Opt for sea or kosher salt for a big taste. Reduce the amount if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • Black pepper. To really open up the flavor, use fresh-cracked black pepper.
  • Cayenne Powder. This is optional if you like spice. To tone down the heat, you can sub in chili powder.

How to Make

These are the steps to follow to make this Burger Seasoning recipe:

Measure it Out

To make this seasoning blend, start with a medium or small bowl. Or, to save washing dishes, mix everything in the jar you will be storing it in. Both mason jars and old spice containers work great for this recipe.

Be sure to carefully measure all the spices. Use teaspoons and tablespoons to accurately pour everything into the jar or bowl you’re using.

Save the salt and pepper for last, as the amount of these is based on personal preference.

An overhead picture shows all the different spices used in this burger seasoning.

Mix Together

Once everything for this hamburger seasoning is measured out, it is time to mix it together! Use a fork or small whisk to gently combine. Be careful not to stir too hard or you’ll lose ingredients over the side of the bowl.

If you don’t plan on making burgers right away, seal the jar tightly with a lid and place it in your pantry or cabinet. Keep it away from heat and sunlight until you’re ready to use for the longest-lasting flavor.

Homemade burger seasoning is dished with a spoon to flavor any type of burger.

Use in Burgers

As written, this recipe makes 3 tablespoons total which is enough for 2 pounds of ground meat.

You’ll want to use 1 ½ tablespoons of seasoning mix per pound of ground meat.

You can either stir this recipe into meat before you make the patties or sprinkle it on top after forming them. Add seasoning as close to cooking as possible for the absolute best flavor, though.

(It would taste AMAZING in this Western Bacon Cheeseburger or these Burger Bowls!)

A white bowl is filled with different spices used for burger seasoning.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Combine seasoning mix and store in a tight-sealing jar in your cabinet.
  • To Store: Keep this blend in an airtight container in your cabinet for up to 6 to 12 months. Be sure to avoid heat and humidity, like over the stove. After a year, this mix will lose potency.

FAQs

What should I season my burgers with?

To make the ABSOLUTE best burgers, you need a combination of spices. The most important is garlic and onion powder along with good salt and fresh-cracked black pepper. Additional seasonings like paprika, oregano, and cayenne makes burgers irresistible.

Do burger patties need seasoning?

Yes! Burger patties need seasoning or they will end up bland. Combining salt and pepper along with paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder creates the perfect hamburger.

When should you season your burgers?

Seasoning before or after forming patties is a hotly debated topic. Mixing salt into the patty has the potential to dry out the burger, especially if the meat sits out for a period of time before cooking. Choose whatever method you prefer!

What can I use this burger seasoning on?

Get creative with this recipe! You can use it on traditional meat like beef, turkey, or bison, but this seasoning mix makes excellent veggie burgers, as well. You can even try it on chicken! Or, use this as steak seasoning to make sandwiches. Basically, any protein will go with this DIY mix.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Some like it hot. You can easily adjust the spiciness of this recipe by adding more cayenne or simply leaving it out!
  • Seal it tight. Keep this burger seasoning in an airtight container to make it last.
  • Stay cool. Be sure to store this mix in an area away from heat and moisture, like over your stove. High temperatures and humidity can ruin the flavors.
  • Mix it up. This recipe can be used on meat, vegetables, or carbohydrates like potatoes; don’t limit yourself to ground beef only.
  • Sweeten it up. For a sweet twist, add a bit of brown sugar to your seasoning mix.
A spoon is shown holding homemade burger seasoning before using.

More Homemade Seasoning Recipes

Once you see how easy it is to make your own seasoning mix, you will want to try your hand at these recipes next:

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Burger Seasoning Recipe

Use this Burger Seasoning recipe to make homemade hamburger patties taste absolutely incredible! With simple and easy-to-find ingredients like paprika, garlic powder, and dried oregano, you will learn how to season a patty that is perfect for grilling.
All the seasonings are measured into one bowl.
Yield 3 tablespoons
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper optional

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl of the jar you’ll be storing it in. Whisk together until well mixed.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to a year.
  • Use 1 ½ tablespoons of seasoning mix per pound of ground meat. Enjoy!

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Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Combine seasoning mix and store in a tight-sealing jar in your cabinet.
  • To Store: Keep this blend in an airtight container in your cabinet for up to 6 to 12 months. Be sure to avoid heat and humidity, like over the stove.
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    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Dawn! This is definitely my go-to seasoning. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

    1. Hi Mitzi! It’s completely up to you and your personal preference. I know people who do it both ways.

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the video, David! I hope you enjoy the burgers. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

  1. 5 stars
    This is an extremely delicious seasoning for hamburgers. Well done, I will use this every time I have the opportunity to do so!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Justin! So glad to hear you will be using it again. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!