Cooking a Burger In a Cast Iron Skillet

Today we’re going to show you how you should be cooking a burger in a cast iron skillet properly, how long to cook it and what ingredients to use.

Burgers are the ultimate summer food. There’s something about a juicy patty, a soft bun, and a stack of toppings that just screams relax and enjoy the sunshine. There’s no better way to do that than by making your very own burgers in your own backyard. And while you might not want to spend your summer days holed up in the kitchen instead of out in the sun, making your own burgers is actually pretty easy. These bad boys will be ready in no time. Trust us on this one. Read on for more details!

What You’ll Need To Make A Delicious Burger

  •  Burger mix –  Ground beef, ground pork, or a mixture of both are great options, but any ground meat that’s 80-20 or 80-10 will work.
  •  Flour – This is just for good old-fashioned dredging, so don’t go gluten-free on us.
  •  Eggs – You can use whole eggs, just the yolks, or even just the whites if you’re looking to lighten things up a bit.
  •  Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split

Make sure it’s well-seasoned, but don’t go crazy. It’ll be seasoned more when you cook the burgers. – Buns – If you want to go traditional, buttered buns are the way to go.


  • Knives – A chef’s knife and a pairing knife will get you through almost any kitchen task.
  • Cutting board Wood is best because plastic can retain bacteria.
  • Mixing bowls – Plastic is best here to avoid scratches.
  • Measuring spoons – They’re the best way to ensure perfect portions.
  • Measuring cups
  • Kitchen towels – These are best for drying hands and keeping your mix from becoming a sticky mess.
  • Colander – For draining the excess water from the meat.
  • Spatula  – For flipping the burgers and taking the skillet out of the oven.
  • Oven mitt – To safely remove the skillet from the oven.
  • Cast iron skillet

Method for Cooking a Burger In a Cast Iron Skillet

Recipe for Cooking a Burger In a Cast Iron Skillet

  1. Take the meat out of the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking to let it come to room temperature. This allows the meat to cook evenly and helps it stay juicy.
  2. Combine all the ingredients along with the seasonings in a large bowl. Make sure everything is well-mixed.
  3. Cover and let the meat sit in the fridge for at least an hour. This allows the meat to be more easily broken down and increases the flavour.
  4. When you’re ready, remove the meat from the fridge and shape it into 4-ounce patties.
  5.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place your skillet on high heat and generously season with salt and pepper.
  6. When the skillet is very hot, add a pat of butter and let it melt.
  7. Add a few patties to the skillet and let them cook for 2 minutes without touching them.
  8. Flip the burgers and season the other side.
  9. Add another pat of butter and let it melt.
  10. When they are ready brush with melted butter and top with Worcestershire sauce and place buns on top of burgers. Serve immediately while still hot.

Make Crispy Fried Onion Topping For Your Burgers

  1. Peel and slice 1 large red onion.
  2. Whisk 2 eggs with a tablespoon.
  3. Add the onions to a large bowl or zippered bag, pour in the egg mixture, and mix until the onions are fully coated.
  4. Add 1 cup of flour and combine again.
  5. Heat a large skillet on high heat and add 1/4 cup of oil.
  6. Add the onions and let them cook for 3-4 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve the onions on top of the burgers.


How Long To Cook A Burger On Cast Iron Skillet

The process for cooking a burger on a cast iron skillet, or any other style of pan will vary depending on the thickness of the patty. Start with a clean, cast iron pan over medium heat. The pan must be thoroughly heated before adding your patties. This will ensure that they get a nice crust and don’t stick to the pan. Once the pan is up to temp, add your burgers to the pan.

Generally, it will take between 5–10 minutes per side. A 1/2-inch thick burger will need to be cooked for about 5 minutes per side. A 1-inch thick burger should be cooked for about 10 minutes per side. When the burgers are about 5 minutes from being done, turn the heat to low.

Here are some guidelines:

– For a 1/3 lb. (1/2 inch thick) burger, cook for 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare, 7 minutes for medium and 10 minutes for well done. – For 1/2 lb. (1 inch thick) burgers, cook 4-5 minutes on each side for medium rare, 6-7 minutes per side for medium and 9-10 minutes per side for well done. – For 1 lb. (1 inch thick) burgers, cook 4-5 minutes on each side for medium rare, 6-7 minutes per side for medium and 9-10 minutes per side for well done burgers.

Serving Suggestions

– Burgers are great on their own, but they’re even better with a side. A classic baked potato is one of the best options, but you could also go the veggie route with a side of broccoli or roasted veggies.

– To go with your burgers, you could also make a few different sauces. Homemade ketchup and mustard are two great options, but store-bought sauces are also tasty.

– And for dessert, there’s really only one option: ice cream!

Enjoy with friends and family and just have fun!

yummy burger with onions


Burgers are a wonderful treat at any time of the year, but they’re especially nice on a summer day when you’ve got the grill going. Burgers are easy to make, but they can also be tough to get just right. If you want to make them in your kitchen, you need to make sure to cook them properly so that they’re not undercooked.

When you are cooking a burger in a cast iron skillet, they come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Plus, cast iron skillets are perfect for indoor cooking because they retain heat incredibly well. No matter what time of the year it is, cast iron skillets are great for burgers!

Have you tried making burgers in a cast iron skillet at home before? Let us know, ask your questions or share your tips and suggestions in the comments below.

Additional Questions

Can you cook burgers in a cast iron?

Absolutely, you can definitely cook burgers in a cast iron skillet. You should first preheat the skillet over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes. Afterwards, place the burger patties into the preheated pan and allow them to cook for 4 minutes on each side, turning only once in between. This should give you a perfectly cooked medium burger. If, however, you prefer your burgers well done, leave them on for an additional minute per side. Cooking in a cast-iron skillet imparts a unique flavor to burgers that you can’t achieve with other pans!

How long does it take to cook burger on cast iron?

To cook a burger on a cast iron skillet, you need a couple of minutes on each side. More specifically, after heating the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and coating it with cooking spray, simply add the patties and let them cook for 2 minutes on each side. Minimal flipping helps to maintain the structural integrity of the burger and seals in the flavors. Also remember to adjust the cooking time based on your preferred degree of doneness.

How do you keep burgers from sticking to cast iron?

A great trick I’ve learned over the years to prevent burgers from sticking to a cast iron skillet is to use a high-smoke point oil like avocado or grapeseed oil, to lightly coat the pan. Another key factor is to make sure the pan is hot enough before you add the patties. If it’s not hot enough, the patties may stick to the pan and tear when you try to flip them. Lastly, resist the urge to flip the burgers too soon, let them form a good seared crust. Following these steps will ensure a smooth, stick-free burger cooking experience.

What temperature do you cook burgers in a cast iron skillet?

For the best results, preheat your cast iron skillet to a medium-high temperature, which usually translates to a range of approximately 400°F to 500°F. The exact temperature can vary depending on your stove and the thickness of your skillet, but as a rule of thumb, it should be hot enough that a drop of water sizzles and evaporates quickly when dropped on the skillet’s surface. This ensures the patties get a good, thorough cook for a juicy inside, and a beautifully browned crust on the outside.

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