Burger Grill Time Chart: How To Grill Burgers

For any cookout or barbecue, a burger is an absolute must. The ultimate people pleaser, you will be able to provide a delicious meal for any of your guests.

Burgers can be made any way you want which is one thing that makes them a top choice at a cookout. 

Whether you’re a fan of ketchup, barbecue sauce, or mustard, they will all go well with a burger. Burger toppings are truly endless!

From the classics, onions, pickles, and cheese to some huge game-changers like pulled pork or chili con Carne. As we said, the options are unlimited. 

Burger Grill Time Chart: How To Grill Burgers

Which burger will you choose?

The original burger is made from a beef patty. Many people love a beef burger as it is juicy, and can be seasoned for an extra bit of something special. Beef burgers are popular as well as they can be cooked at different levels.

Just like a steak, you can adjust the cooking time of your burgers to suit your guests’ preferences. Whether you’re a rare kinda guy or medium-well, you can get a burger that is cooked to perfection. 

Cooking a burger doesn’t mean that you have to use a beef patty though. Even though many people would argue that you can’t beat a hamburger, some would vouch otherwise.

There are several different burger patties available on the market these days. So whatever meat you prefer, you will most probably find a patty to match it. 

Some of our favorite burgers include poultry options like turkey and chicken. These are amazing options that go well with barbecue sauce and onions. You can also get coated patties which add some crunch to your burger.

A breadcrumb coating or a southern fried batter are two tasty combinations. They can be bought already coated or if you have the time, you can make the coatings yourself.

If you want a real treat and to stand out from the crowd, you should try a bison burger. If you haven’t tried one of these, then let us delve into the top qualities that bison burgers provide.

Bison meat does taste quite similar to a regular beef patty. However, it gives off a richer taste and has low fat and cholesterol. Making it a healthier option than a beef burger. 

Just because you’re a vegetarian doesn’t mean that you have to click off this article. Veggie burgers can also be grilled at a cookout and the results make for such a tasty burger.

Veggie burgers are filled with a variety of vegetables that taste delicious when grilled. The grill adds a smoky flavor to your patty which can make the taste sit on another level! 

No matter what your preference is, your burger patty requires the correct cooking time to get the best results.

If you want to impress a crowd, then keep reading to discover the best grilling times to achieve maximum flavors which will keep people coming back for more and more!

Fresh Beef Burgers 

The most classic option for a burger is, of course, a beef burger. Beef burgers are timeless and can go with so many different toppings.

We recently topped a burger with crispy onions and mustard which was a huge hit with our family and friends. 

Beef patties come in all shapes and sizes. The size of your patty will determine how long to grill each side.

To keep things easy to understand, we have based our timings on a fresh beef patty which is ¾-inch in thickness. This is the most common burger thickness and the weight of the burger will be roughly 6oz.

It is recommended that your beef burger should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees before taking off the grill.

Once you have checked the temperature and it has reached this, then you will be able to remove it from the grill and serve it up to your friends and family.

For this, we do recommend getting a thermometer if you don’t have one already.

Here’s the important part, the grill times for a fresh beef burger:

Cook Type

1st Side

2nd Side

Total Time

Rare

2 minutes

3 minutes

5 minutes

Medium-Rare

3 minutes

4 minutes

7 minutes

Medium

3 minutes

5 minutes

8 minutes

Medium-Well

4 minutes

5 minutes

9 minutes

Well

4 minutes

6 minutes

10 minutes

You may be used to cooking each side for the same amount of time and wonder why we don’t recommend that. There is a very important reason for this. Are you intrigued?

The first side should be cooked for less time than the second to maintain the delicious juices that the burger produces during the grilling process. 

These juices add flavor and help to keep the meat juicy. However, if you’re happy with cooking your burgers at the same time on each side, just make sure to keep to the total grilling time that we advise. For example, if you like your burgers done to a medium standard, you could cook them for 4 minutes on each side. 

We highly recommend always checking the temperature of your burger before removing it from the grill. Eat your burgers with more joy knowing that they were safely made.

Frozen Beef Burgers

If you have frozen burgers for your barbecue, then it can be slightly trickier. Instead of grilling once each side, you are going to want to do a few more flips.

This is because you are dealing with frozen meat and it will take longer to cook completely. If you are ever unsure whether your frozen burger is cooked, just use a thermometer to check the internal temperature. 

To get the best grilling experience, you will need to stick to these timings. You’re going to flip them four times to get an even grill throughout the full burger patty.

Depending on how you like your beef burgers cooked, your total cooking time will vary from fifteen to nineteen minutes. Yes, this is a lot longer than a fresh burger but you will get a juicy nd result if you stick to our recommended grilling times. 

Speaking of grilling times, we have split them down below for you:

Cook type

1st Side

2nd Side

3rd Side

4th Side

Total Time

Rare

4 minutes

4 minutes

3 minutes

4 minutes

15 minutes

Medium-Rare

4 minutes

4 minutes

3 minutes

5 minutes

16 minutes

Medium

5 minutes

5 minutes

3 minutes

5 minutes

18 minutes

Medium-Well

5 minutes

5 minutes

4 minutes

5 minutes

19 minutes

Well

5 minutes

5 minutes

4 minutes

6 minutes

20 minutes

Just like the fresh burger patties, some timings may not make sense to you. The third side timings are shorter than the first, second, and fourth. But this is mainly down to the science aspect of grilling burgers.

Yes, you read that right, science! The third flip is shorter to make the most of the burger juices which add flavor and keep the texture of the burger from hardening. No one wants a rock-solid burger!

Chicken Burgers

If you aren’t a fan of beef or want a healthier version, then a chicken burger is a fantastic option.

Chicken burgers are widely available and come wrapped in tasty coatings such as breadcrumbs or batter. Chicken is leaner than beef which makes it the popular choice for anyone following a diet. 

The burgers are made from ground chicken meat which is shaped into burger patties with the help of egg and breadcrumbs.

These two ingredients help to bind the patty together. You may notice that chicken patties are much thinner than beef burgers. This is because when you start to grill a chicken burger, the meat does start to expand.

Grilling chicken burgers is a super tasty option to just chucking them in your oven. The flavors from your grill will add a smokey, chargrilled taste to your meat. You won’t get this from any other cooking method. 

It’s no secret that raw chicken can be extremely dangerous and harmful. To ensure that you have fully cooked your chicken burgers, use your thermometer. If your patties have hit 165 degrees Fahrenheit, then they are good to eat. 

Below we have added the grilling timings for both fresh and frozen chicken burgers:

Type

1st Side

2nd Side

Total Time

Fresh

5 minutes

4-5 minutes

9-10 minutes

Frozen

8 minutes

7 minutes

15 minutes

A top tip with chicken burgers is that they are ready to be flipped as soon as the grill marks start to show on the side of the burger. If you stick to our timings, you will get a perfectly cooked chicken burger. Finish with some BBQ sauce and fried onions for a super tasty dish!

Turkey Burgers

Another great lean choice is turkey burgers.

Turkey is packed full of protein and is a popular option that many gym-goers will choose. Like a chicken burger, it is very important to cook to a certain temperature before removing it from the grill.

If you do not cook to the stated temperature then you do risk food poisoning. The advised temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The same as the chicken burgers! 

As turkey meat is lean, it is usually bonded together with egg and breadcrumbs. Sound familiar? To make a turkey burger stand out from the crowd, it is all about the seasoning. Poultry always benefits from some added flavors. 

Our most recent find is Thai turkey burgers which are seasoned to perfection. How many cookouts serve these up? They’re quick to make and are flavored with ginger, jalapeno, and fish sauce.

You get such a unique oriental taste when these are ready to be served up. Top with some Sriracha mayonnaise for an added kick.

Now for the all-important grilling times:

Type

1st Side

2nd Side

Total Time

Fresh

5 minutes

4-5 minutes

9-10 minutes

Frozen

8 minutes

7 minutes

15 minutes

As you can see, the grilling times are the same as chicken burgers. This is because both types of meat are poultry-based and require the same treatment.

As long as you keep to the total grilling times in each column then you are certain to get a fully cooked burger. So if you want to amend the time you grill each side, that is absolutely fine. 

Similar to the chicken burgers, you will get grill lines on the side of your burger when it is ready to be flipped. Please remember to always check the temperature of your turkey burgers before removing them from the grill.

Bison Burgers

Bison burgers are the ultimate treat. If you love the beef taste but not so much a fan of the high cholesterol they attribute to, then you should maybe think about trying a bison burger.

The meat is a lot leaner than beef and gives a super-rich flavor. 

If you are looking for a healthier version of a beef burger, this option is the one. It is packed with protein and omega 3 acids. It also has a low-fat content which makes it a winner with anyone following a strict diet. 

To bring out that awesome flavor in your bison patty, you should add some seasoning. We love pairing our bison burgers with a steak seasoning which adds a bbq taste to the meat.

Along with being grilled, you will get a smoky BBQ flavor which you can complement with some homemade slaw and pickles. Our mouths are watering just writing this!

Just like a beef burger, there are different ways that you can cook your burgers. These range from rare to well done.

We have put together our grill timings to ensure that you don’t overcook the meat and end up with a rich and juicy burger. 

Here are the timings for cooking a bison burger:

Cook Type

1st Side

2nd Side

Total Time

Rare

4 minutes

5 minutes

9 minutes

Medium-Rare

5 minutes

5 minutes

10 minutes

Medium

5 minutes

6 minutes

11 minutes

Well

6 minutes

6 minutes

12 minutes

Bison burgers only require one flip during their time on the grill. As this is a leaner meat, the fist flip will usually have less time on the grill than the second. This allows the juices to penetrate correctly so you can savor the flavor. 

It is recommended that your bison burger should reach between 140 and 160 degrees before removing from the grill. For a rare burger, you are looking more towards the 140 degrees, medium and well done will then be 160 degrees.

Veggie Burgers

If you are a vegetarian or are limiting your meat intake, a veggie burger can be a delicious choice. They are packed with nutritious ingredients and seasoned to perfection.

Veggie burgers have come a long way since they were first introduced. They used to be made so bland. Any vegetarian readers out there will definitely remember those burgers! 

These days you can get a huge variety of different veggie burgers. It is amazing! Some of the most popular veggie burgers include ingredients such as mushrooms, tofu, and nuts.

If you’re looking for a healthier burger option, you should consider a veggie burger patty. They have a low-fat content and have almost no cholesterol. 

Our favorite veggie burger would have to be the spicy bean burger. When we tell you that they have a kick to them, we are not exaggerating! For any spice lover, you need to take a bite into one of these!

The burgers are made with a mixture of kidney and cannellini beans which make a hearty patty. You feel fuller for longer with the fiber coming from solely vegetables too!

Here are the recommended grilling times for veggie burgers:

Type

1st Side

2nd Side

Total Time

Fresh

5 minutes

7 minutes

12 minutes

Frozen

7 minutes

8 minutes

15 minutes

You will want to flip the veggie burgers just once when grilling. This is because they can easily break apart if flipped anymore than that.

As these burgers are made from vegetables, then you don’t have to reach a certain heat before removing them from the grill.

All you need to do is ensure that they are hot throughout and have a crispy outer coating for a delicious crunch to your burger.

How to get the perfect grill

We all know how important it is to get the perfect grill for whatever burger you choose to go for. It does seem as if you’ve wasted your time if you overcook burgers.

Especially if you pop them onto the grill and then get sidetracked! We have gone through all of the grill timings above, so it is now time to discuss our top tips on how to perfect your grilling technique. 

There are several things to consider when grilling burgers. Get one of the below steps wrong and you could seriously compromise your burger.

The first step which we have already covered is the flip timings. If you stick to our recommended times, then you will end up with a perfect burger to serve to your family and friends. 

 The other steps to think of when grilling burgers are: 

  • Heat
  • Juices
  • Seasoning
  • Cheese

Let’s take a deep dive into each of these factors and see just how they can affect the final result of your burger. 

Hot, hot, hot

A lot of people debate regularly about which grill is best, a charcoal or propane grill.

We are here to let you know that for burgers, it doesn’t matter which type of grill you go for. Burgers can be cooked quite simply so don’t stress about buying any new equipment. 

A popular myth is that you need to cook burgers slowly on low heat. This is great if you are using a smoker.

However, in this instance, you’re using a grill to cook your patties. You need to be reaching a high heat before placing your burgers onto your grill. 

Let’s go back to the basics! Get your grill up to a temperature of 325 to 350 degrees. You can check the heat of your grill with the same thermometer you use to check the temperature of your meat.

Once your grill has reached a high heat, it is time to add your burgers. They should sizzle a little as you place them down. It’s completely normal. It means that they are cooking as they should be. 

The beauty of burger juices 

How many times have you seen someone press down their burgers with a spatula? We have seen it so often. We have no idea why because doing this completely ruins the patty!

Pressing down onto your burger pushes the juices out of your burger patty which results in flavor and tenderness being lost. You will end up with a dry and hard burger. Sounds gross!

Burger juices are magical when it comes to grilling. They make your burger even more delicious, even more succulent, that you will have no complaints. You want to ensure that these juices are kept inside the burger. To do this, you will want to refer back to our grilling time guides. 

You must stick to the grilling times for each side of the patty. It is also vital not to flip your burgers more than what is stated in our above guides.

Over flipping your burgers will allow more movement in your patty, meaning that those gorgeous juices are more likely to escape. 

Use your thermometer to track the temperature of your burger and as long as it has reached the recommended temperatures, you are good to go!

Seasoning your burgers

One of the best things about burgers is that you can season them whatever way you want. We have shared with you some of our favorite combinations throughout our guide.

Adding season to the raw burger allows the flavors more time to merge and infuse with the meat. 

A popular choice is adding finely chopped onions to your burger mix. This works well with a beef burger patty as it complements the taste of the meat so well.

It also adds extra flavor and extra juiciness! When you bite into a burger with onions included, you will know instantly. They just taste so good. 

If you’re going sweet and simple, then you don’t need to add anything too fancy. If you’re grilling, the smoke and flames will add classic smoky flavors to your burgers.

The grill really does bring out the beautiful taste of the meat. For an easy seasoning mix, just use a little salt and black pepper. It will work wonders!

Don’t feel like you need to drown your burgers in seasoning either! A burger is usually followed by plenty of tasty toppings. So you don’t have to go overboard at this stage. Keep to a light seasoning and let the meat do the talking. 

Adding cheese

Who doesn’t love adding cheese to a burger? We dare you to name a better duo. If you’re thinking of adding cheese to your burger, you don’t just chuck it into your bun at the assembly stage. You’re better than that! 

Our top tip is to wait until the last couple of minutes of your grilling, and place some cheese on top of your burger patty whilst it is still on the grill.

The outcome of doing this method is just amazing. It is such a crowd pleaser! Your burger will be topped with melted cheese and it looks so good when put together in a bun.

Some cheese lovers even add it into their burger mix. Crazy or genius? You decide! If you want to try this, we recommend finely grating your cheese first.

Then, combine thoroughly with your hands in a large bowl. It may not look like a lot when in the bowl, but once you get grilling you will be so happy with yourself. 

Summary

To summarize our burger grill guide, we hope that we have enlightened your burger grilling life.

Important things to remember are to stick to the total grill times and don’t over flip your burger patties. Ensure that your burgers have reached the required temperatures before removing them from the grill.

We advise being extra careful when grilling chicken or turkey burgers. Ensure to wash your hands before and after handling the meat. Ensure that the burgers are thoroughly cooked through before serving with your thermometer. 

Lastly, go wild with flavors and toppings. The world is truly your oyster when grilling burgers! Oh, how does an oyster in a burger sound? Hmm... Maybe we’ll take a miss on that one!

In all seriousness, burgers are your chance to experiment. Put on a show with some oriental flavors. Get that simple yet delicious flavor by just adding salt and pepper. 

Whatever you choose to do, have fun. Burgers are such a social dish and that’s why many people love them. No matter what meat or veggie option you go for, your family and friends will be so happy to share the moment with you.

So, what are you waiting for? Time to get planning your next cookout!

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