Oven-Baked Burgers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
A crispy coating mix is the secret ingredient that dresses up these baked hamburgers. 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


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Bake at 350° until a thermometer reads 160°, about 20 minutes, turning once. Serve on buns with lettuce.

Oven-Baked Burgers 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.

How long do I cook beef burgers in the oven?

While this baked hamburgers recipe calls for 20 minutes total cooking time, there are other signs your burger is ready. When the cooking juices loose their red color and the patties feel firm when pressed with the back of a spatula, they’re likely ready. But the most important sign they are done is the temperature test. Use an instant read meat thermometer to make sure the internal temp is at least 160°.

Are baked hamburgers healthy?

Using lean ground beef creates a healthier burger. Top your burger with some crisp lettuce and ripe tomatoes and the healthy gets cranked up another notch.

Do you have to flip burgers in the oven?

Yes, it's a good idea to flip your burgers in the oven. Flipping the burgers once will ensure even cooking. Here are more tips for how to make hamburgers.

What are the best toppings for burgers?

From cheese, lettuce, and tomato to mayo, ketchup, spicy mustard, bacon and even eggs, there is no limit to what toppings you can put on a burger! For inspiration, check out these burger toppings. If you're thinking about when you should add cheese slices to your baked burgers, here's a tip: Add cheese slices 1 to 2 minutes before the end of baking time. The cheese should be melted, but should not entirely lose its shape and slide off.

What goes well with burgers?

Serve your burgers with delicious fries, like Seasoned French Fries or Spiced Sweet Potato Fries. Try adding picnic favorites such as a Quick Macaroni Salad. And don’t forget the pickles!

Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager, and Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 403 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 889mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.