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Best Seasoning For Burgers

This is the best seasoning for burgers and it's made with common pantry staples. Save money and make your own delicious burger dry rub at home.
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This is the Best Seasoning for Burgers and it’s made with common pantry staples. Save money and make your own delicious burger dry rub at home.

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Making your own homemade burger seasoning is so easy and adaptable! This dry rub is made with common pantry ingredients and can easily be doubled or tripled to create a bulk batch.

Made with my husband’s world-famous recipe, you’ll be able to create your own amazing hamburgers, turkey or chicken burgers, or veggie burgers at home.

What Should I Season My Burgers With?

This flavor-packed dry rub uses the following spices (you’ll find exact measurements in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):

  • Cumin (yes, give it a chance!)
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Ground black pepper
  • Onion powder (see notes for other options)
dry burger rub seasoning in a bowl.

If you don’t have Montreal Steak Seasoning, this recipe will walk you through making your own. I also have a DIY recipe on How to Make Garlic Powder.

Our kids are picky and can detect a speck of onion in their burgers, so we use onion powder. You can also use dehydrated onion (related: how to dehydrate onions) or even ~1/4 cup of finely chopped fresh onion.

How Can I Make My Burgers More Flavorful?

In addition to our delicious burger seasoning, we use 1 tbsp of Worcestershire per pound of ground beef, chicken, or turkey. And the absolute best flavor enhancer is 1 tbsp of butter per pound of meat.

We cut the butter into 4 small squares, make a small divot in the middle of each raw patty and tuck the butter cube into the divot. This works especially well when making Air Fryer Turkey Burgers, as ground turkey can easily dry out when cooking.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you use fresh onion you won’t be able to store this burger rub. Use it immediately.
  • This burger seasoning can be used for beef, chicken, turkey, or even veggie burgers.
  • Our recipe makes 3 tbsp of seasoning and is meant to season 1 lb of meat. To make this in bulk, click on the “servings” option in the printable recipe card below to increase it. It will adjust the measurements accordingly.
  • If you create this burger dry rub in bulk, store it in an air-tight container like a small mason jar for up to 6 months.
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dry burger rub seasoning in a bowl.
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Best Seasoning for Burgers

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
This is the best seasoning for burgers and it's made with common pantry staples. Save money and make your own delicious burger dry rub at home.

Ingredients

Burger Dry Rub

Instructions

  • Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.
    1 tbsp cumin, 2 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Use 3 tbsp of seasoning per 1 lb of ground beef, chicken, or turkey.

Notes

  1. In addition to the burger seasoning, we use 1 tbsp of Worcestershire and 1 tbsp of butter per 1 pound of ground beef, chicken, or turkey. 
  2. Cut the butter into 4 small squares, make a small divot in the middle of each raw patty, and tuck the butter cube into the divot before grilling.
  3. Use ~1/4 cup of finely chopped fresh onion in place of onion powder. However, with fresh onion, you won’t be able to store this burger rub. Use it immediately.
  4. This burger seasoning can be used for beef, chicken, turkey, or even veggie burgers.
Nutrition Facts
Best Seasoning for Burgers
Amount Per Serving (3 tbsp)
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1178IU24%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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