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The Perfect Hamburger Recipe

The Perfect Hamburger Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for The Perfect Hamburger

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thermos 47850
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013


germanycook 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 23904
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

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

Ericj7777 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 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 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 49437
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2009

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

swinny 61698
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2009

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

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 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."

Sungold 82027
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"I'm sorry, but horseradish mixed with hamburger meat just seems wrong. I'm OK with the other ingredients."

halpac 54015
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"We tried these last night and were disappointed. The meat was too mushy and there wasn't much taste."

heavenlytart 23587
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2008

"I am from australia and like a true blue aussie burger. ground beef, onion, egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and beetroot on a bun that has been buttered oh and dont forget the BBQ sauce. now that is what I call a burger. Its amazing what different tastes we have"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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