There’s nothing like a juicy, hot-off-the-grill hamburger. But there’s an even simpler way to cook up a batch of burgers. The oven makes moist, succulent patties with no searing, shorter cook times, and better heat circulation, which means no flipping necessary.
Place the oven’s cooking shelf in the upper third of the oven and close the door. Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with a sheet of aluminum foil and then place an oven-safe metal rack over the pan. Make sure the rack rests at least 1 inch above the baking pan for adequate air circulation. If you don’t have a rack, you can use a broiler pan instead, although you’ll have to flip the burgers regularly for more even heating.
Wash your hands thoroughly before handling any food. Next, make a hamburger patty from ground meat by breaking a piece of the meat off and gently tossing it from one hand to another until it forms a ball shape. Gently press the ball into a patty about 1 inch thick and 3½ inches in diameter. Season it with salt, pepper, and any desired spices. Basting the meat with a sauce or marinade like barbecue, steak sauce, or Worcestershire adds flavor and keeps it moist while baking.
Cooking the Meat
Place the burgers on the metal rack that sits over the baking pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of one of the burgers. Place the pan into the oven and bake the burgers at 425 degrees Fahrenheit; grease will drip from the patties into the pan below as they cook.
Periodically check the burgers and make sure the center reaches the USDA-recommended temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare, 11 to 12 minutes for medium, and 13 to 15 minutes for medium well.
Ready to Serve
When the burgers are done, remove the rack and pan from the oven using oven mitts. With a spatula, transfer the patties to buns. Dress the burgers with condiments as desired, and let them sit for a couple minutes before serving so that the juices have a moment to settle and the patties cool to a safe temperature for consumption.
In the meantime, remove the aluminum foil with the drippings from the pan and discard the foil. For easy cleanup later, soak the metal rack in soapy water for 20 minutes.