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Cast Iron Skillet Burgers

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Cast Iron Skillet Burgers is the most flavorful and easiest way to make homemade burgers right on the stove. Pan fried hamburgers come together quickly, only take a few minutes to make in a cast iron pan, and using cast iron creates a delicious crispy outside that is a tastebud treat with every bite. 

hamburger with fried onions, tomato and lettuce on a bun

Cast Iron Burgers

If you want to learn how to cook burgers on a cast iron skillet, you have come to the right place. Cooking homemade hamburgers in a cast iron skillet is one of the simplest ways to get restaurant quality burgers at home. The flavors you get from cooking beef in a cast iron skillet are just simply amazing.

Traditionally our instinct might be that the best burgers can only be made on the grill over an open flame, but this homemade burger recipe is here to challenge that theory. Cooking with cast iron is so simple and works perfectly for making the most delicious, perfectly cooked hamburgers. 

This hamburger recipe is cooked and ready in just 15 minutes, no need to wait for the grill to heat up. Cast Iron distributes the heat evenly, ensuring for perfect cooked hamburgers every time!

cooking burgers in a cast iron skillet

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How to Cook Burgers on Cast Iron

This recipe for homemade burgers is our family’s favorite way to make burgers at home. Let’s walk through how to make them:

  1. Get the Best Beef for Burgers– to make these burgers at home start with quality ground beef, ground chuck, or ground sirloin. Make sure the meat is at least 20% fat to ensure that the burgers will get a delicious, crispy bark on the outside while cooking and to help the burgers stay moist. Nobody likes a dried out hamburger. 
  2. Season and Form the Hamburgers– combine the beef with Worcestershire sauce. Measure out equal amounts of beef and form into patties. We usually shoot for 3.5-4 oz per person, a kitchen scale can really come in handy with this recipe. Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
beef patties on a piece of parchment paper

  1. Heat the Cast Iron Skillet– place the cast iron on the stove over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes before placing the patties into the pan. Don’t add more oil to the skillet unless you need to, if your pan is not well seasoned. There should be enough grease from the fat in the hamburger to coat the pan.
  2. How Long to Cook Burgers on Stove– Cook the hamburgers in the cast iron skillet for 4 minutes on each side, turning only once. This is for burgers cooked to medium, if you want them well done, cook for a minute longer on each side. To check for accurate doneness, you can use an instant read thermometer like the Thermapen ONE

Cooking Temperatures for Hamburgers

medium-rare burger- the internal temperature should reach 130-135°F (54-57°C)
medium burger-the internal temperature should be 135-145°F (57-63°C)
well-done burger-the internal temperature should be 160°F (71°C) or higher

cooked hamburger on a piece of brown parchment paper
  1. Allow the Burgers to Rest– set the burgers on a clean plate or parchment lined baking sheet for 3-5 minutes before devouring. This will allow the juice to redistribute and then they won’t be dripping down your arm while you are eating, unless that is what you are going for. 

Tips for Cooking Cast Iron Skillet Burgers

Ready to make the best homemade burgers of your life? Here are some tips to help you make that happen every time

  • Start with quality beef. Look for high grade ground beef, ground chuck, or ground sirloin. Make sure it is at least 20% fat. If you don’t see ground chuck or sirloin on the butcher shelf, have a chat with your butcher, they can usually make some for you. 
  • Make sure your cast iron is well seasoned. Look for rust spots or spots that need more oil. If your cast iron needs a bit of oil before cooking, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil, canola oil, or avocado oil to the pan and spread it thinly to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Preheat the pan before adding the prepared burgers to the pan. This will sear the beef, locking in a ton of flavor. 
  • Season the hamburgers. Season well with salt and pepper, when you think you’ve added enough, add just a little bit more! 
hamburger with tomatoes, lettuce and grilled onions

What to serve with Homemade Burgers

Looking for simple sides to go with your burgers? These are some of our fam favorites:

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Cast Iron Skillet Burgers Recipe

Cooking burgers in a cast iron skillet is such a simple way to make delicious, restaurant style burgers at home. With just a few simple ingredients and a little time, dinner is served.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 255kcal


  • 14 oz ground beef 20% fat
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  • In a large bowl combine ground beef and worcestershire sauce, form the burgers into 3.5 oz patties and season both sides liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat cast iron pan over medium high heat. Place burger patties into heated pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning once.
  • Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.



For sauteed onions:
  • thinly slice one yellow onion
  • sautee with butter and salt over medium heat, stirring frequently, until soft 
  • medium-rare burger- 130-135°F (54-57°C)
  • medium burger- 135-145°F (57-63°C)
  • well-done burger- 160°F (71°C) or higher.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 302mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Beef, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Beef Recipes, Comfort Food
Keyword: Cast Iron Burgers
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Cast Iron Skillet Burgers is the most flavorful and easiest way to make homemade burgers. Cast Iron Burgers come together quick, only take a few minutes to make in a cast iron pan and using cast iron creates a delicious crispy outside that is a tastebud treat with every bite. 

burger topped with grilled onions, tomatoes and lettuce

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  1. I love cooking in my cast iron skillet and now making Berger with fried onions I do first makes the pan ready for the Berger and yes…….they are awesome cooked this way!

    1. So happy it turned out so good for you! The onions are always the best part!! Thanks so much for your comment!! ❤️

    1. Yes, it sounds like you have some super greasy beef. I would use some tongs and a paper towel to carefully sop up some of the grease from the pan as the burgers cook since that is what is causing so much smoke. You can also place a lid on the pan and don’t forget to turn on your stove vent if you have one.

  2. First of all, I’m an avowed lousy cook, trying to learn. I put my cast iron pan on medium high. It didn’t take long for the smoke to set off my smoke alarm and for the house to fill up with smoke. I’m not sure what went wrong but maybe it’s because I used olive oil instead of Avocado oil, and the beef I used was not store bought but instead came from a quarter of a cow that I bought from a farm. An maybe medium high was too high?

    1. There can be a few factors that are causing your pan to smoke too much. If your cast iron pan is not clean or seasoned well, this can cause the pan to smoke. Using olive oil should be okay for this recipe and shouldn’t really contribute to too much smoke, so you are good there. If the meat you are using has a high percentage of fat, this could make more smoke and as you said, the temperature of the pan. Every stove is different and can run at different temperatures, if you feel that medium high is too hot and making your pan get too hot, go ahead and turn it down to medium to see if that helps with the smoking. Hope this helps.

  3. You suggest using a thermometer to insure the meat is done. But no mention of what is correct temp for medium to medium rare burger.

    1. Thank you for pointing that out! You are correct! I have updated that information in the post!

    1. I guess that depends on how you like you burgers cooked. If you like it more pink in the center, you would definitely cook it for less time.

  4. 5 stars
    Wow these came out great, first time I have used my cast iron, the burgers cooked so fast and tasted amazing, thank you.