Last Updated on October 9, 2023 by Carne DiemJump to Recipe
This easy homemade hamburger seasoning is loaded with flavor, and absolutely one of the best seasonings for grilled burgers that you will find. Using common ingredients, this amazing homemade seasoning salt is made with common ingredients and can be ready to flavor your hamburger patties in under 5 minutes.
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Making the Quick and Easy Seasoning for Burgers
This eight-ingredient burger seasoning uses common spices, so you will likely have everything on hand all ready. Best yet, making your own rubs and seasonings at home is much more cost effective than buying large bottles of store-bought seasonings. In addition, it lets you tweak the recipe to make it as spicy, sweet, or savory as you would like.
To make the seasoning salt recipe, you will need brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, dehydrated onions, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Simply mix the ingredients in a bowl or spice shaker and you are ready to season some beef.
How much burger seasoning to use?
In general, we recommend about 1 tablespoon of burger rub per pound of meat. Of course, you can adjust to taste. Often, we will use a little less of the seasoning mixed into the meat, and then shake additional seasoning onto the burger patties as they are cooking.
This recipe is roughly enough to season about 6 half pound burgers, 9 third pound burgers, or 12 quarter pound burgers.
This quick and easy burger seasoning is perfect for our New York Chopped Cheese Sandwich, Spicy Double Smash Burger on Texas Toast, Brisket Burger Sliders with Horseradish Aioli, or your favorite burger recipe. It is even great sprinkled onto hot dogs or grilled sausages.
Looking to try your hand at making for of the best seasoning mixes, rubs, and sauces at home? Check out our ever-growing list of homemade accompaniments:
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Burger seasoning variations
This quick hamburger seasoning also works great as a base recipe and allows you to customize it to fit your needs. Here are some of our favorite variations of this seasoning salt for burgers.
Spicy Burger Seasoning
If you love a little more heat in your homemade rub, simply increase the amount of cayenne in the recipe.
Bacon Burger Seasoning
Replace some of the salt in the recipe with bacon salt or add a bacon seasoning to the rub. This is one of our favorite ways to make the rub and is perfect for bacon cheeseburgers. Who doesn't love bacon?
Smokey Burger Seasoning
Replace some of the salt in the homemade burger seasoning with smoked salt. This can help give your burgers that smokey, grilled taste, even if you are making your burgers inside or on a griddle like a Blackstone.
We almost always add Worcestershire sauce to our burger patties, but recently discovered Worcestershire sauce powder. Adding ½-1 teaspoon of this umami bomb to your homemade burger seasoning can really kick up the flavor of your burger patties.
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend using this rub as soon as possible due to the brown sugar in the seasoning. If you plan to store the seasoning for an extended period of time you should dry the brown sugar, before adding it to the rub, in order to prevent clumping.
Yes, this homemade burger seasoning is gluten free and free of any major allergens.
The brown sugar in the seasoning can cause the rub to clump over time. Run the rub through a spice grinder on break up with a mortar and pestle is the seasoning begins to clump. Drying the brown sugar before adding it to the seasoning will also help prevent clumping.
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Quick and Easy Burger Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Minced/Chopped Dried Onion
- 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Cayenne
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl or spice shaker. Mix to combine.
- Use about 1 tablespoon of the burger seasoning per pound of meat.