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How to Pan Fry a Burger

How to pan fry burger

Follow these steps for the ultimate pan fried burger. Meat temperature plays a major role here. To avoid burned crust and still raw topping, make sure the burger is about room temperature.



  • Burger patties
  • Vegetable oil
  • Quality sea salt (Maldon is a good option)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper (this Tellicherry peppercorn is a good option)
  • Cheese (optional)



  1. Take a burger out of the fridge at least 90 minutes before cooking. Make sure the burger is at room temperature when you are about to cook.
  2. Preheat frypan over high heat. Use cast iron, carbon steel or stainless steel for this task. The use of non-stick cookware is not recommended.
  3.  Pour oil till it forms the thinnest layer on the frypan. You’ll notice oil starts smoking right away.
  4. Do NOT spice the burger right now. Just put it in the pan and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, no covering and stirring. Make sure you don’t overfill the pan.
  5. Flip burger and keep cooking, no covering and stirring. When you decide it is done, turn off the heat.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides and place cheese on top (optional) while the burger is still in the hot pan.
  7. Leave the burger on a rack for up to 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with your favorite condiments and snacks.

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About the author

Jennifer Baron

My name is Jennifer Baron and I have a love and passion for cooking fresh, home-style, clean, healthy and nutritious recipes for 30 years. I’ve worked in the food industry since I was 16 years old

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