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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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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013


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!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

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

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!"

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!!"

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."

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2009

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

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"."

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."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

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

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

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

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.