What Is an Easy and Cheap Hamburger Recipe?

What Is an Easy and Cheap Hamburger Recipe?

What Is an Easy and Cheap Hamburger Recipe?

The classic or basic hamburger is one of the easiest and most affordable hamburger recipes, with each serving costing under $3 based on the April 2015 average grocery prices. While the burger patties in the recipe shown here only requires ground beef, salt and pepper, toppings may be added to add flavor and texture to the burger.

Each serving of this recipe has 325 calories with 15 grams of fat 39 grams of protein and 608 milligrams of sodium. These values may change depending on the amount of toppings and condiments that will be added to each hamburger serving.

Prep Time: 6 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Ready In: 16 min.

Number of servings: 8


  • 3 pounds 80-percent lean ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • Cheese, condiments and other toppings (optional)

  1. Mix the ground chuck and seasoning
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ground chuck, salt and pepper until combined. Blend the mixture further using a fork. Divide the ground chuck equally into 8 portions and using moistened hands, pack each portion into 3/4 inch burger patties.

  3. Cook the patties
  4. Cook the burgers by grilling or broiling over medium-high heat. Cook one side for 5 minutes and the other side for 4 minutes for medium-rare burgers. Serve with warmed or toasted hamburger buns, preferred toppings and condiments.