Juicy Steakhouse Burgers

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Steakhouse Burgers

These are the ultimate steakhouse burgers. They are packed with flavor and reliably juicy, even when cooked to well-done.

steakhouse burgers

Who doesn’t love a big, tender, 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 burgers. It’s certainly possible to grind your own meat or ask your butcher for a special blend, but it’s not always practical. Fortunately, 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.

These burgers have made me a star among my children’s 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

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How To Make Steakhouse Burgers

Begin by making the panade. Simply mash the bread and milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste.

how to make steakhouse burgers

Add the seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup.

how to make steakhouse burgers

Stir well.

how to make steakhouse burgers

Add the ground beef and scallions (if using).

how to make steakhouse burgers

Mix everything together until just combined.

how to make steakhouse 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.

how to make steakhouse burgers

Grill the burgers 2-4 minutes on the first side until nicely browned. Flip and cook on the second side a few minutes more, until desired doneness is reached. (Note: 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 else who might prefer their burgers well done.)

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Juicy Steakhouse Burgers

These are the ultimate steakhouse burgers. They are packed with flavor and reliably juicy, even when cooked to well-done.

Servings: 8


  • 2 pieces white sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 pounds 80 to 85% lean ground beef
  • 3 scallions, 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 3/4-inch patties about 4-1/2 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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  • Definitely one of the juicest burgers I ever made. I even made low carb (estimated at about 4 carbs) instead of using a burger bun, I wrapped it in lettuce…. Made a video of me doing it… https://youtu.be/wLf-3GFwxwI


    • — David H. on January 17, 2022
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  • OMG this was amazing!!

    • — Eric on January 10, 2022
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  • You weren’t kidding when you said these are THE BEST steakhouse burgers! Wow! So unbelievably tasty, moist and easy to make. I didn’t have any green onions or white sandwich bread so I subbed them for about a 1/4 of a yellow onion and tore off the soft parts of a whole wheat burger bun I had, and still came out great. I froze the rest and am excited to eat them on a rainy day. Thank you for this delicious burger recipe!

    • — Jenelle on January 9, 2022
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  • I have been looking for the perfect burger for many years. This is the best, moist and tasty. My quest for the perfect burger is over.

    • — Ann on January 9, 2022
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  • My new favourite burger recipe. Turned out very juicy and flavourful. Me and my very picky son absolutely loved it!!

    • — Nora S. on January 3, 2022
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  • The absolute best burgers I have ever made & I have tried many different methods

    • — Laara Daniel on November 13, 2021
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  • One of our favorite burger recipes! Always a hit when we host a bbq.

    • — Melissa on November 12, 2021
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  • These are awesome! I’ve made them several times for cookouts and always get compliments. They are a favorite in my household!

    • — Cory C on November 10, 2021
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  • I make this burger recipe all the time and my family loves it. Just wondering if anyone has made sliders instead of full size burgers, and if yes, how many sliders the recipe yields?

    • — Trena on November 8, 2021
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    • Hi Trena, So glad you’ve enjoyed these! For sliders, this should make 18 – 20 burgers. LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on November 8, 2021
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  • Absolutely delicious! Juicy, flavourful and they look delicious as well. Will definitely make again.

    • — Laura K. on October 29, 2021
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    • Will do! Plan on making these this weekend 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻!

      • — Trena on November 8, 2021
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  • Just made this for dinner. The husband devoured his burger (so did i, just slower!). Definitely keeping this recipe. Thanks!

    • — Yovany on October 22, 2021
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  • Absolutely delicious. My husband told me to throw out any other recipe for burgers and just use this one. Considering that one of those recipes was his, that’s saying something. Thank you!

    • — JanetW on October 17, 2021
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  • This was just ok. More like meatloaf than a burger. Next time it is just salt and pepper fo rme.

    • — ADRIENNE on October 2, 2021
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    • Amazing burgers!!! Turned out really juicy!! Thanks for the recipe!!

      • — Debbie on January 23, 2022
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  • WOW! I’m not one to post a review, but I am overcome with appreciation for how wonderful these burgers were. So moist, so flavorful, so deliciously perfect! Will never make burgers any other way, moving forward.

    • — Monica A on September 28, 2021
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