Best Burger Seasoning

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Take your hamburgers to the next level with the best burger seasoning. This seasoning mix adds so much amazing flavor to an ordinary hamburger and it’s so easy to make with simple ingredients. Sure to make the best hamburger you’ve ever tasted.

Spoon in a bowl of spices.


Best Hamburger Seasoning

Homemade seasoning mixes, like french fry seasoning, chicken taco seasoning, and steak seasoning are easy to make at home. No need to buy a huge bottle of mix from the store. Making your own spice mixes at home is budget friendly and allows you to be in control of the ingredients.

This hamburger seasoning will take a good burger to the perfect burger! Using this mix really amplifies the taste of a juicy burger. It works well for all kinds of homemade burgers like baked, grilled, air fried, or pan-fried burgers.

Hamburger Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

This spice blend for the best burger seasonings uses common herbs and spices you might already have in your pantry. It really is a wonderful combination of flavors and after using it you won’t want to go back to just salt and pepper.

Garlic Powder – This is a popular ingredient in many spice mixes. Less strong than freshly minced garlic.

Onion Powder – Adds a savory and sweet flavor.

Chili Powder – This secret ingredient adds a little smokiness to the burgers.

Brown Sugar – Adds just a slight hint of sweetness to balance out all of the savory. This can be omitted if you prefer.

Paprika – Smoked paprika works well with this mix but you can also use sweet paprika.

Ground Black Pepper – Use fresh ground black pepper if possible.

Salt – Sea salt or kosher salt

How to make the Best Seasoning for Burgers

  1. Add garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, chili powder, pepper and salt to a bowl.
  2. Stir until combined.
  3. Use about 1 heaping tablespoon of seasoning per one pound of ground beef.
Spices in small bowls.

How to season burgers

There are two ways you can season burgers.

Add seasoning into the mix: This is my favorite way because you get a bite full of flavor every time. Spoon seasoning into the ground meat and mix until combined. Just be sure not to over mix because it can make the meat tough.

Sprinkle on the outside: If you like more of a seasoning “crust”, sprinkle the seasoning over the outside of the hamburger patties after they are formed.

Best Burger Seasoning Recipe Tips

  • Want to add a little heat? Try adding a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or dried red pepper flakes to the burger spices.
  • Try adding a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce for extra umami flavor.
  • Make a big batch to have for later use. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • This mix makes a great gift to bring to the host of a BBQ or party.
  • To make this Keto friendly, leave out the brown sugar or use a sugar substitute.

How to store Burger Seasoning Mix

Store any leftover seasoning in an airtight container like a spice container or mason jar. Make sure it’s kept in a cool, dry place to keep it fresh.

The shelf like will depend on how fresh your spices are when you make the mix. If everything is pretty new, this should have a 1-2 year shelf life.

Other way to use the best hamburger seasoning

This seasoning mix will work for burgers made with ground beef, turkey, bison, ground chicken, pork, and even veggie burgers.

It also works well mixed into meatballs and meatloaf and used to season chicken.

Wooden spoon with bowl of spices.

If you ever wondered about the best way to season your burgers, I would recommend trying this easy to make, delicious spice mix.

More seasoning recipes

If you made this seasoning recipe be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Bowl of spices with a spoon.
5 from 3 votes

Best Burger Seasoning Mix

By Heather
This burger seasoning will bring so much flavor to your favorite burger recipe. Easy to make and stores well.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • Place garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, brown sugar, paprika, pepper and salt in a small bowl.
  • Stir until spices are combined.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  • Use about 1 tablespoon of seasoning per one pound of meat.



  • Want to add a little heat? Try adding a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or dried red pepper flakes to the seasoning blend.
  • This will work for ground beef, turkey, chicken and even veggie burgers. You can even add it to meatballs and meatloaf!
  • Make a big batch to have for later use. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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    1. You are right that is a lot of pepper. Not sure what happened there 🙂 I changed it to the appropriate amount. Thanks!