Best Homemade Burger Seasoning Recipe


Imagine a magic seasoning powder that you could add to any meat dish to make it taste divine. The good news is that you have found it. Our burger seasoning recipe is quick to make and can be used in literally hundreds of different dishes. This article will show you how to make it, discuss where you might use it, and offer some great ideas for variations. We’ll also give you some top tips, so you get perfect results every time. Teaspoons and spices at the ready, let’s get mixing!

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How To Make Burger Seasoning

A burger seasoning isn’t designed to overpower or really flavor the meat. It is, in fact, intended to highlight and bring out flavors. Think about it this way. Have you ever eaten meat that is under seasoned? How was it? Dull and bland, we expect? The addition of salt and pepper transforms most dishes. See our burger seasoning recipe as something similar, except it is turbocharged.

There are a few elements that work really well with meat. Let’s talk paprika, as it features in our burger seasoning recipe. We strongly suggest using smoked paprika in this recipe. Think about another scenario where there is a smoky element added to meat? If you said a barbecue grill, we are thinking the same thing. Using smoked paprika, you can get similar notes in your food, without any of the hassle of coals and cleaning up. BBQ food indoors? Yes, please!

Meat is generally a savory dish. When it comes to flavor additives and delicious ingredients, you won’t get much better than garlic and onion. For this reason, we have included both onion powder and garlic powder to really bring out that that savory taste.

Have you ever heard of a flavor called umami? It is basically the ‘meaty’ taste you get when you caramelize the meat. We want to give the caramelization a little bit of a boost. We include a small element of brown sugar in this recipe to achieve this.

We like to spice things up wherever we can. And if we are being honest, we love a little bit of heat. For this reason, we include just a hint of cayenne pepper in our burger seasoning recipe. Aside from the taste, cayenne pepper is actually really good for you.

To top off our spice mix, we also include cumin. You’ll find that cumin is featured in quite a lot of Mexican recipes. Do you know what else features in lots of Mexican recipes? Ground beef. There’s a reason why they often pair the two together. It really works.

This recipe is so easy to make. You’ll need the spices, a bowl, and a couple of measuring spoons. Ok, now that’s all covered, let’s look at how to make it. Here is our burger seasoning recipe.

Best Burger Seasoning Recipe

4 from 21 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Making burger seasoning is quick and easy when you have the right ingredients. Not all seasoning taste the same and this combination makes the best burger seasoning you’ll ever taste.


  • 4 teaspoons 4 of Sweet Paprika

  • 4 teaspoons 4 Smoked Paprika

  • 8 teaspoons 8 fine ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon 1 of kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Brown Sugar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Garlic Granules

  • 1 teaspoon 1 dried Onion Powder

  • ½ tablespoon Cumin

  • A large pinch of Cayenne Pepper


  • Take a medium-sized bowl. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well until you have a uniform powder.
  • For burgers, the correct proportion is a teaspoon of burger seasoning for every four burgers. You can add a little more for a stronger taste. If you find that the flavor isn’t strong enough after cooking, you can add a pinch as a seasoning, just as you would with salt and pepper.
  • For grilling other meats, use a similar quantity as you would if seasoning the meat with plain old salt and pepper.


  • You can keep the seasoning in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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Tips and Tricks

Our Burger spice mix recipe keeps almost indefinitely. All you need to store it in is an airtight jar. We were going to say it will last around 3 months. But there is a high probability that you will have used it all up by then, by which point it will be time to make a fresh batch!

If you don’t want the heat, feel free to leave the cayenne pepper out. Speaking of cayenne, if you don’t have any, then you can use chili powder. Dried chili flakes will also work well in place of cayenne or chili powder.

Brown sugar is our preferred choice, but if you only have white sugar, this will work too. You might find that the taste is slightly different.

You can use this burger spice mix in two different ways. Either combine with ground beef before making burger patties or, if you like, you can sprinkle over whole cuts of meat before grilling or frying.

Ensure the burger seasoning recipe is well mixed by using a spoon. You might want to shake it to mix it. However, this might not work as you intend. The heavier particles, such as the sugar and garlic granules, will sink to the bottom of your container. If you want a consistent result, gently stir your burger seasoning mix.

Related: Check out our burger toppings and sides


Considering it is just a simple burger seasoning recipe, you will probably be somewhat surprised how much difference this makes to your cooking. We guarantee your guests will be asking how you flavor your burgers. It’s up to you whether you want to share our secret burger recipe or not. In fact, do! The more people that realize how easy this is, the better!


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