Simple Hamburger Spice

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Don’t spend money on a packaged spice blend for burgers. Mix your own.

Ultimate Recipe Swap BBQ hamburgers

One of my family’s favorite meals to BBQ is hamburgers. It’s so unbelievably good; I don’t know why I don’t do it more often.

Probably because good quality ground beef is expensive!

Since that whole pink slime debacle, I’ve been a little more careful about what beef I buy. This means I pay a slightly higher price than I use to. That means we don’t have burgers too often.

But, they sure do love it.

Years ago, I started making my own hamburger buns because it was cheaper and tastier than buying storebought. While the kids will certainly eat any old bun, they love the homemade ones and so do I. There really is no better.

And if you make them in fancy shapes, well, so much the better.

sesame seed hamburger buns

I ran out of sesame seeds, but obviously, you can get all fancy. I brushed the rolls with half and half before baking which gave them a lovely finish.

Often I do something really simple like seasoning the burgers with salt and pepper. I’ve also stuffed the meat mixture with chopped greens that my kids devoured, like these Popeye Burgers. Last week I mixed up a spice blend that I coated the burgers with. Everyone loved it. FishBoy10 raved quite enthusiastically about them; he’s ready for Food Network the way he talks about food.

This seasoning is a cheap and easy way for you to bring flavor to your burgers. Store any leftover spice blend in the cupboard to use on  other meats.



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Simple Hamburger Spice
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Course: Seasonings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hamburger spice mix, homemade spice mix, simple hamburger spice, spice mix
Servings: 12 (seasons 12 burgers)
Calories: 3 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the seasonings.
  2. Coat hamburger patties generously prior to grilling.
  3. Store leftover spice mix in a closed container.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and are based on 1/12 of the recipe. Store or freeze leftover spice mix.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Hamburger Spice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 91IU2%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What is a BBQ favorite at your house?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. This all looks so good, now I know what I want to eat on Mother’s Day. Do you have the bun recipe posted somewhere? I did a recipe search but didn’t find it. The hamburger buns look delicious.

  2. Ellen says

    It’s up now. Thanks for the link….

  3. Kathy says

    We LOVE simple grilled hamburgers cooked on a charcoal grill. We use salt and pepper most times but I need to try and change up the spices we use. We buy our hamburger from a local locker plant. They have not pink slime, guarantee all the meat is raised in our county, and since we buy a side at a time it is cheaper than cheap hamburger at the store. There have been a few sales that were cheaper, but way less quality.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      I would love to find a good source of meat. How great that you found one!

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