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Kick-ass grilled burger recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
We really do mean kick-ass! This burger is juicy and full of flavour. This burger stands up to any restaurant burger any day!
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian, North American
Keyword: Burger, Grilled burger
Servings: 5 large burgers
  • 2.2 lbs or 1 kg quality ground chuck
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Brioche or other favourite buns
  • Favourite toppings
  1. Preheat the BBQ with the lid closed to 500 ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, break apart and spread out the ground beef from the packaging.
  3. Add the garlic, pepper, salt, paprika, chili powder, and olive oil.
  4. At first, loosely toss the ingredients with your hands to distribute the ingredients through-out the ground beef.
  5. Divide the mixture into 5 equal parts (or more if you prefer smaller patties).
  6. Form one of the portions into a ball, and then start flattening it with your hands until you have a decent looking patty. I always form my burgers by hand, and they don’t have to look perfect. A rustic looking patty has more character in my opinion.
  7. Repeat the last step until all your burger patties are formed.
  8. Let the burgers sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  9. While the burgers are resting, open the BBQ lid and grease the grates. I like to use a scrunched up ball of paper towels in tongs, dipped in grape seed oil (or vegetable oil). This will prevent the burgers from sticking to the grill.
  10. Place the burgers on the hot grill, and press the centre of each one gently with your thumb, to create just a little dip. This will prevent the burgers from puffing up in the middle.
  11. Let the burgers cook for about 2 1/2 minutes.
  12. Use a spatula to rotate (on the same side) the burgers 90 degrees. This will create those beautiful criss-cross grill marks.
  13. After 2 1/2 more minutes, flip the burgers onto the other side.
  14. Cook for another 2 1/2 minutes, and rotate 90 degrees again.
  15. Cook for another 2 1/2 minutes and place them on the buns.
  16. Durning the last step, you can toast the buns and melt the cheese on the burger during the last minute of cooking.
  17. Add those awesome toppings and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Use your favourite toppings. For our toppings, we used:

  • sauce made from mayo and sriracha
  • baby arugula
  • tomato slices
  • onion slices
  • bacon
  • sharp cheddar cheese slices
  • pickled hot peppers