Juicy Stovetop Cheeseburgers

For the past few weeks, I have been longing for a backyard barbecue on a hot summer day. If you are anything like me and love a good BBQ then, you can absolutely count on this Juicy Stovetop Cheeseburger recipe to bring a piece of that experience to your own home as it did to mine. It is cold during these months and I can understand how you would not at all want to go outside and fire up your grill. Don’t worry! There is no need to fret! Because, these Juicy Stovetop Burgers will do the trick. They are not messy and are not difficult to make. What is wonderful, is that after prepping the other ingredients, these burger patties only take up to 10 minutes of your time to cook. Before you know it, you will be sinking your teeth into the juiciest cheeseburger of all time.

A good burger involves 3 basic components: The patty, the bun and the toppings. It is extremely important to have a good quality of beef. If you do not, then the whole burger experience is pretty much ruined. A good quality means that you need a decent lean-to-fat ratio. I have found that 80% lean and 20% fat is the best ratio to use. Of course you can certainly get away with a bit higher percentage of lean and a bit lower percentage of fat. I do not recommend anything higher than 85% lean and 15% fat. When mixing the patty ingredients together, be sure to not overwork the meat. 

Juicy Stovetop Cheeseburgers

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Recipe by Madison Course: Juice Stovetop Cheeseburgers, cheeseburgers, burgers, red meat, beef, cheese, sauce, caramelized onions, onions, lettuce, tomato, relish, breadCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Patty:
  • 1 pound 1 ground chuck

  • 1 ½ tablespoons 1 ½ Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon 1 liquid smoke

  • 2 tablespoons 2 garlic powder

  • Pinch of salt and black pepper

  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons 2 ketchup

  • 2 ½ tablespoons 2 ½ sweet pickle relish

  • 1 teaspoon 1 granulated sugar

  • For the Caramelized Onions:
  • 2 tablespoons 2 canola oil

  • 1 1 medium sized sweet onion, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon 1 brown sugar

  • For the Extra Toppings:
  • 4 4 Burger buns

  • Tomato slices

  • Lettuce

  • 4 slices 4 American cheese


  • First start by making the burger sauce by combining mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and sugar. Set aside. 
  • Next, to a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium high heat. Add chopped onions and bring heat down to medium. 
  • Cook for 10 minutes while constantly stirring. Add brown sugar and cook while stirring for another 2 minutes. Remove onions from the skillet and set aside. 
  • In the same pan used to caramelize the onions, cook the burger patties over medium high heat for 9-10 minutes total, being sure to flip halfway through (4 ½ to 5 minutes on each side). This will yield medium well patties. About 1 minute before cooking is over, add the cheese slices to each patty so they can melt. 
  • Remove patties from the skillet and place on burger buns. Assemble the burgers with the burger sauce, caramelized onions, tomato slices, lettuce and any condiments you like.
    Enjoy your Juicy Stovetop Burger!


  • If needed, wipe pan between cooking the onions and the burger patties.

Now, keep in mind that when cooking the burgers, they do shrink a bit. To avoid having too small of a patty for your bun, simply divide your meat into 4 equal sized portions. Then, shape each patty to be slightly larger than the buns that you are using.

The buns that I use for this recipe are sesame seed buns. I like to use them since they are pleasing to the eye and equally delicious! If you are not a fan of sesame seeds, then use another kind of bun. Just make sure that whatever bun you do end up using is soft.

The toppings that go on the burger are: a homemade burger sauce, caramelized onions, cheese, tomato and lettuce. These toppings work together extremely well. I do not try to chop the onions beautifully because they are going to end up in a heaping pile anyway. So, if you are not good at slicing onions, then there is no pressure here. The goal here is to get them cooked down to be as tender as possible.

That is all there is to it folks! You now have yourself a juicy cheeseburger that was made entirely over the stovetop. So, if you are experiencing freezing temperatures this winter and do not have the gumption to go out and fire up that grill of yours, then you can surely satisfy your beef cravings with this burger recipe.

These burger patties carry over well to the next day. All you have to do is repeat the last step, assembly! I always make more burger patties than people in my house because for one, everyone wants seconds and two, the next day I enjoy whipping up some hamburger salads. It is basically just all the components I put in the burger (I exclude the bun), the patty itself and some dressing of my choice. Usually I will use either creamy ranch or blue cheese. It is a great way to utilize the leftovers while also feeling like I’m not eating the same meal over and over. I am pretty much creating an entirely different meal with minimal effort on my end.

I hope you enjoy bringing these Juicy Stovetop Cheeseburgers to your own kitchen! 


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