The Perfect Hamburger Recipe
The Perfect Hamburger Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

The Perfect Hamburger Recipe

Read Reviews
4.5 13 7
Publisher Photo
Chili sauce and horseradish add some zip to these hamburgers and make them a nice change from ordinary burgers. We think they're perfect! —Shirley Kidd, New London, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Sliced tomato, onion, pickles and condiments, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 321 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 758mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine egg and seasonings. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick patties.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Serve on buns with toppings if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as The Perfect Hamburger in Country Extra July 1998, p49

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

Reviews for The Perfect Hamburger

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
thermos User ID: 2767831 47850
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013


germanycook User ID: 6411056 46905
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"These were so awesome, I didn't add the horseradish though. The chili sauce gave it such a spicy sweet flavour, and broiling them worked great!"

Shadowflame112 User ID: 5349030 23904
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"These were really good. I was a little wary about the horseradish sauce, but they turned out great."

Ericj7777 User ID: 5311353 52149
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"I use this recipe for many cookouts. Everyone constantly raves about these hamburgers. The only changes I make is I use 3 pounds hamburger but only double the rest of the ingredients. Also I add 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke. Fantastic!"

kitzer User ID: 4188178 22219
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"This combination sounds wonderful! I have used horseradish in my hamburgers quite often, but not with the chili sauce. TO SUNGOLD ~~~ Horseradish goes with any meat!! As a disclaimer, DO NOT put it in your infant's formula!! I'm sure the only spices you use are salt and pepper!!"

devthorpe User ID: 4065722 53004
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"I have not tried this burger but the ingredients sound like they would go good together. My comment is, generally speaking, if you add a small amt. of brown sugar to your burger mix, it tastes very good."

marciedarciestuff User ID: 3221145 49437
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2009

"Too spicy for me and the kids. My husband said they were okay."

swinny User ID: 1858482 61698
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2009

"Delicious is all is all I can say!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2028937 53001
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2008

"Re: The Perfect Hamburger

I plan to try this recipe this weekend with only one change. I will try replacing the chili sauce with BBQ sauce. Hope it works out or I'll be in for some "not so good" reviews from those whom I will be using as "guinea pigs"."

jgfan User ID: 48477 82044
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2008

"Made these for the hoilday. They were quite tasty. I made up the patties early in the day so the flavors had time to meld. Topped them with slices of cheddar, bacon and lettuce."

Loading Image