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Oven-Baked Burgers

A crispy coating mix is the secret ingredient that dresses up these baked burgers. You bake them in the oven instead of grilling or frying. I like to use a sweet and spicy steak sauce for the best flavor. —Mike Goldman, Arden Hills, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup seasoned coating mix, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 4 lettuce leaves


  • In a bowl, combine the steak sauce and 2 tablespoons coating mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four 3-1/2-in. patties. Dip both sides of patties in remaining coating. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° until a thermometer reads 160°, about 20 minutes, turning once. Serve on buns with lettuce.

Oven-Baked Burger Tips

What's the best ratio of lean vs. fat for beef?

When making burgers, choose beef that has a slightly higher percentage of fat. This will ensure the burgers stay tasty and juicy. Your best lean-to-fat ratio for beef is 80% to 85% lean and 20% to 15% fat. If you have any leftover beef to spare, try one of our other favorite burger recipes.

When should I add cheese slices?

Add cheese slices 1-2 minutes before the end of baking time. The cheese should be melted, but should not entirely lose its shape and slide off.

What are the best toppings for burgers?

From cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles to mayo, ketchup, mustard, bacon, and even eggs, there is almost no limit to what toppings you can put on a burger! For inspiration, check out these burger toppings.

What goes well with burgers?

Side your burgers with delicious fries, like seasoned French fries, spiced sweet potato fries or herbed steak fries. Try adding picnic favorites such as macaroni salad, potato salad or cabbage slaw. And don’t forget the pickles!

How can I customize this recipe?

Jazz up your burger game by adding additional seasonings to your burger mix prior to cooking. Think taco seasoning, Cajun or Creole seasoning blends, smoked paprika and Old Bay seasoning. Making cheeseburgers? Get creative with cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, American and crumbled blue or feta.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 403 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 889mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.
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  • Marlie
    Jul 10, 2020

    add egg to meat - worchestershire sauce - 2 tsp - or to taste - minced sweet onion - garlic powder and onion powder to taste or just give it - no harm - add quarter cup panko crumbs - - add any other seasonings like salt peppper or " mix meat mixture - make patties - powder with flour - press in to meat - dip in egg and milk or egg and water - dip in to more panko crumbs - press in - and place on parchment paper or wax paper on tray and put in fridge for hour or so - remove and oven up to 350 PLUS depending on your oven - mine is to start then up temp at end to totally crisp patty bake on greased baking tray or can place on top of wired rack over baking tray - spray that too with oil - watch oven - half way through flip carefully or not - up to you - i do not - tend to oven temp as needed - when top is hot crispy from the panko - remove to warmed soft buns - NOT TOASTED - (my preference only) add your toppings - cover with bun - enjoy works wonderful with smashed port cutlet with above dips and panko crumbs or even chicken fried steak on a bun or no bun enjoy

  • Allison
    Apr 5, 2020

    Nice flavor, but not crispy. The coating stayed soggy and the patties fell apart. I used a seasoning like Shake N' Bake. More like a meatloaf than a burger.

  • amehart
    Apr 2, 2020

    These were great! I was unable to get the Shake and Bake so make my own. It worked beautifully - moist, juicy burgers with a little crispiness on the outside. We thoroughly enjoyed and will make again.

  • foodlover88
    Jun 8, 2019

    These burgers were just what I needed for a single life style. They don;t require a grill and they were juicy without grease. Will make again and again

  • Ben
    Jan 10, 2019

    The "bread coating" is shake and bake pork seasoning and the sauce is a-1: thick hearty. It's best when you ditch the bun and other things. Just pair it with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. I know who made this recipe, and they this is the way it's best done.

  • Vito
    Nov 22, 2018

    Can someone explain what a “crispy coating mix” is? Is it something that can be purchased ready made or is there a separate recipe for the mix? This recipe is incomplete. Thanks

  • Stephanie
    May 28, 2018

    I was not a fan of this recipe. Note: I used Shake 'n Bake for pork.

  • Donald
    May 4, 2018

    No comment left

  • Laurie J.
    Apr 12, 2018 That has absolutely nothing to do with actual McDonald’s burgers. There’s no special sauce, it’s just frozen ground beef patties for 1.6oz “reg” meat or the new never frozen quarter pounder which is the same thing just not frozen. They are pressed on a pressure/temperature clamp grill and seasoned with salt and pepper on one side when finished cooking. If you want an authentic McDonalds burger, get a piece of ground beef, form it into a patty, about as thin as possible then freeze it. Place one frying pan on the stove and get it hot, like 500 degrees, set another one on another burner and do the same. Place the patty on one pan and as quick as possible set the bottom of the other on top of it and hold it under as much pressure as you can for about a minute. Pull it up and salt and pepper it as soon as possible before removing it from the pan. That’s authentic McDonalds.

  • sderf13
    Apr 6, 2018

    The only reason I put a one star on this recipe is not because it's bad it's because I don't know what the coating mix is it's not on recipe.thanks