How to Cook a Hamburger on a Griddle

A griddle was an important feature on a large, old cookstove. As new types of cookware and smaller kitchen cooking areas became popular, griddles became accessories. A cast-iron griddle works on any stove top, but for consistently brown burgers, try an electric version with thermostatically controlled heat. You'll be able to put a sear on a hamburger patty that rivals your favorite hamburger joint.

Step 1

Preheat the griddle to 375 F.

Step 2

Buy pre-formed, lean beef or bison patties, or press your own patties from lean ground meat. Press a dimple into the center of each patty with the flat of your thumb to keep the patty from "rounding up" in the middle as it cooks.

Step 3

Brush the griddle with melted butter. Place the patties on the griddle and let them sizzle for about 4 minutes. Avoid the temptation to lift or flip the burgers early. The surface of each patty needs to contact the griddle to get a brown sear. Butter another area of the griddle, and place sliced onions on the griddle to brown.

Step 4

Use a spatula to flip the hamburgers. Scrape the surface of the griddle to keep the brown layer of meat on the patties and not stuck to the griddle. A 3/4-inch thick patty should cook on each side for 4 to 5 minutes, or until an instant-read meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 160 F.

Step 5

Turn and flip the onions, drizzling more butter on them if necessary to help them caramelize. Apply melted butter to the cut surfaces of the buns and place them buttered-side down onto the hot griddle until the bun surface is toasted.

Step 6

Assemble the toasted buns with the cooked hamburgers topped with the onions, some cheese and your favorite condiments.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric griddle

  • Butter

  • Sliced onion, optional

  • Spatula/turner

  • Hamburger buns

  • Cheese, optional

  • Condiments, optional


Use a metal spatula/turner on a regular metal griddle. If your griddle is nonstick, use a utensil made for that type of surface.


Set up the electric griddle in your kitchen away from flammable curtains and towels and in a spot where you can wipe up splatters easily.

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