Steakhouse Burgers

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Steakhouse Burgers

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Replicate your favorite steakhouse burgers at home — these are packed with flavor and reliably juicy, even when cooked to well-done.

Steakhouse burger on a plate with burger toppings.

Who doesn’t love a big, tender, and juicy steakhouse burger? Problem is, they’re difficult to replicate at home because most steakhouses blend different cuts of beef, like sirloin, chuck, and short ribs, to customize the flavor and fat content of their hamburgers. While it’s possible to grind your own meat or ask your butcher for a special blend, there’s an easier way. By combining ordinary supermarket ground beef with a panade — or mixture of bread and milk — and lots of seasoning, you can make steakhouse-style burgers in no time. This recipe has made me a star among my kids’ friends. My daughter’s friend Allie nicknamed them “Segal Burgers” — it stuck, and now we all call them that too.

What You’ll Need To Make Steakhouse Burgers

burger recipe ingredients

Step-by-Step instructions

Begin by making the panade. In a large bowl, mash 2 pieces of white sandwich bread (cut into small pieces) and 1/3 cup milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste.

panade or bread and milk paste for burger recipe

Add 2-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons of ketchup.

adding seasoning to panade for burger recipe

Stir until well combined.

seasoned panade in mixing bowl

Add 3 pounds of 85% lean ground beef and 3 finely sliced scallions (if using).

adding ground beef and scallions to panade

Mix everything together until just combined.

meat mixture for burgersDivide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape into balls. Flatten each ball into a 3/4-inch-thick patty that’s about 4-1/2 inches across. (Keeping the burgers thick ensures a nice char on the outside without overcooking the inside.) To prevent the burgers from forming a domed shape on the grill, create a slight depression in the center of each patty.

burgers ready to cook on baking sheet

Grill the burgers 2 to 4 minutes on the first side until nicely browned. Flip and cook on the second side a few minutes more, until desired doneness is reached. The panade in these burgers keeps the meat tender and juicy, even when overcooked, so these burgers are ideal for kids, the elderly, pregnant women, or anyone who just prefers their burgers well done.

burgers on the grill

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Steakhouse Burgers

Replicate your favorite steakhouse burgers at home — these are packed with flavor and reliably juicy, even when cooked to well-done.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes


  • 2 pieces white sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 pounds 80 to 85% lean ground beef
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, very finely sliced (optional)
  • 8 hamburger buns


  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bread and milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup and mix well.
  3. Add the ground beef and scallions and break the meat up with your hands. Mix everything together until evenly combined. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and form compact balls. Flatten the balls into ¾-inch patties about 4½ inches across. Form a slight depression in the center of each patty to prevent the burgers from puffing up on the grill.
  4. Oil the grilling grates. Grill the burgers, covered, until nicely browned on the first side, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking for a few minutes more until desired doneness is reached. Before serving, toast the buns on the cooler side of the grill if desired.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The uncooked burgers can be frozen for up to three months. (Freeze the burgers on a baking sheet or plate so their shape sets, then transfer them to a sealable plastic bag for easy storage.) Defrost the burgers overnight in the refrigerator prior to serving and then cook as directed.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 517
  • Fat: 27 g
  • Saturated fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 37 g
  • Sodium: 567 mg
  • Cholesterol: 116 mg

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  • Made these a couple weeks ago and they were soooo good! Thought about making a sauce but they didn’t need any- Very flavorful as written! It’s just three of us so we were able to freeze uncooked patties for another meal. Have some defrosting in the fridge for tonight. Can’t wait! I may double the recipe next time so we can freeze more. So easy to thaw, slice the veggies and grill these up. Gives me time to also make a nice side salad.

    • — Shannon C on June 11, 2024
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  • It was absolutely delish! Reduced the amount of salt (my preference), but other than that followed the recipe. Thank you for another family fav!!

    • — Judy on June 7, 2024
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  • Why don’t your listings allow readers to select how many servings they want to prepare. Many other sites allow this adjustment. My wife and I hardly need three pounds of burger meat for an evening meal!

    • — Mike in RC on May 27, 2024
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    • Hi Mike, It’s actually in the works. That’s a feature that I plan to slowly but surely add to recipes. Stay tuned!

      • — Jenn on May 29, 2024
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  • These are the best! I made these on Saturday for the holiday weekend. Another go-to recipe.
    Thank you Jenn Segal!

    • — Carole Bruno on May 27, 2024
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  • Excellent tender, juicy and flavorful hamburgers that don’t require anyting other than a bun.
    I substitute chopped scallions for the spring onions, less salt and more ketchup and Worcester sauce, and substitute panko bread crumbs for the slices of bread.
    The mixture can be shaped into a loaf, covered with added ketchup and Worcester mixed and spread on top for a wonderful meatloaf.

    • — Jenny C on May 25, 2024
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  • Can you replace the milk with water if you want to keep it kosher ?

    • — Maureen on May 25, 2024
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    • Yep!

      • — Jenn on May 25, 2024
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    • I used water also to keep these kosher to serve at my BBQ. We had both kosher & non-kosher eaters, all agreed these were the best burgers ever.

      • — Jessica S on May 28, 2024
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  • Best hamburgers I’ve ever made or eaten! Even my teenage grandchildren both said OMG, these are amazing!

    • — Lynda Freedman on May 25, 2024
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  • I’ve been making these burgers for about two years and have shared the recipe because everyone who eats them asks for it. The only thing I have done differently is I’ve used brioche bread on occasion and still delicious 😋

    • — Debbie on May 25, 2024
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  • These are good, and if you like meatloaf you will like these. It is very similar to my meatloaf recipe & made with ingredients I had on hand.

    • — Christine Cramblett on May 17, 2024
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  • Hi Jenn! Can I make this one day ahead if I store the patties covered in the fridge?

    • — Ling on May 13, 2024
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    • Sure, Ling, that’s fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 14, 2024
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  • I never leave reviews but this recipe is DELICIOUS. I paired it with a bbq aioli sauce (mayo, garlic, bbq sauce) and it was the perfect mix. My husband abd I both loved it. It’s a keeper.

    • — An on March 23, 2024
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  • Amazing recipe! Perfect every time!!

    • — Rovana on March 14, 2024
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  • These were very nice. Just made them quite thin and put them on the griddle. Went down a storm

    • — Tina on February 22, 2024
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  • My burger just fell apart. Disappointing. I thought cause of five stars it will be a good recipe and delicious. Maybe next time

    • — Ella on February 14, 2024
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    • I’ve made a lot of burgers in my life and this is the best one there is.

      • — Ben on February 17, 2024
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  • The best burger ever. We make all the time. Thank you so much

    • — Martina on February 1, 2024
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  • My kids super love it!! Thank you dor the recipe.

    • — Melissa on December 17, 2023
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  • Best burgers I’ve ever made! Husband is in agreement. Moist, juicy and tender. I topped them with cheddar. Didn’t need anything else. Just delicious! Can’t wait to make them again. And I followed the recipe exactly.

    • — Kris Lalonde on November 6, 2023
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