Ranch Burgers

The BEST homemade hamburgers!! This easy burger recipe is complete with the most delicious secret sauce that compliments the Ranch Burgers perfectly!

This is the only burger recipe we ever use for summer BBQ’s! It’s not complete, though, without some of our favorite sides. Potato salad, Creamed Corn, and Coleslaw are all great for serving with these tasty ranch burgers.

Homemade Ranch burger on a plate with fruit.

We love to Barbecue!

It’s a summertime favorite, and we love nothing more than the smell of steaks or burgers on the grill.

I think we’re especially more likely to get out and grill because of the holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Do you guys do the same thing?

If you’re hamburger fans like we are, then you’ll definitely want to try this Ranch Burger recipe (that comes with a special sauce too)! It’s really quite simple…

Instead of trying to guess what assortment of seasonings to include in your homemade burgers, you can feel assured that this simple combination of cheddar cheese and ranch mix will make your burger taste delicious!

Once you realize how easy it is to make hamburger patties, you will never purchase pre-made patties ever again. Sometimes there is just nothing better than a big, juicy hamburger with some fruit and corn on the side. Don’t you think?!

Ingredients for homemade hamburger patties being combined in a white bowl.

How to Make Homemade Hamburgers

If you’ve never made your own hamburger patties before, I’m here to tell you that they’re so so easy. No need to fear!

PATTIES. Put the raw ground beef in a bowl and mix in the ranch seasoning and cheddar cheese. Use your hands to form the ground beef into patties. Keep in mind that you can get at least 4 patties out of 1 lb of meat, and that the patties will shrink a little bit when they cook.

GRILL. Grill the burgers to your liking. If you don’t have a grill, you can use other cooking methods (listed below).

SAUCE. While those patties are on the grill, you can mix all of the ingredients together to make the secret sauce. A whisk works just fine for this.

Once the burgers are done, serve them on hamburger buns with the secret sauce and your favorite toppings which might include:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • A slice of cheese
  • Pickles
  • Onions
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
Homemade ranch burger patties on a sheet of wax paper before being cooked.

Ways to cook a burger:

Whichever cooking method you choose, be sure that your burger reaches an internal temperature of 160° F.

TIP: When forming your patties keep the thickness to about ¾ inches. Make an indention in the center to prevent the burger from bulging while they cook.

  • Grill: (Our favorite method) Cook over high direct heat.
    • Medium-rare: Cook 3 minutes flip and cook 4 minutes more
    • Medium: Cook 3 minutes flip and cook 5 minutes more
    • Medium well: Cook 3 minutes flip and cook 6 minutes more.
    • Well done: Cook 3 minutes flip and cook 7 minutes more.
  • Pan fry: (Cast iron skillet works the best) Heat a little oil in the pan over high heat. When you put the burgers in, they should immediately sizzle. Cook until golden brown about 3-5 minutes on each side.
  • George Foreman: cook for 7-8 minutes
  • Broil in an oven: turn broil to High. Evenly space the patties onto a broiler pan. Broil for 4-6 minutes on each side.
  • Oven Bake:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake on an ungreased sheet for 8-10 on each side.

Tips and Storage

How can I get a juicy burger?

  • Choose freshly ground meat if you can.
  • Choosing ground beef with a higher fat content, such as 80/20, will produce a juicy burger. Lean meats make a tough drier burger.
  • Don’t over mix the meat.
  • keep the meat cold until you’re ready to cook. The fat in the burger will keep from cooking out creating a flavorful and juicy burger. Keep in mind the more fat there is the more the burger will shrink.

Pre-make patties:You can pre-make the patties and store them, un cooked, in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Be sure to separate the patties with freezer paper. Thaw in the fridge.

Storing: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can even freeze them for up to 4 months. Reheat in the microwave, stovetop or bake/broil in the oven.

What to serve with hamburgers? SO many options, but you can find some great recipes in these collections:

Ranch burger recipe on a plate with a side of fruit.

For more recipes perfect for summer barbecues, try:

Ranch Burger Recipe

4.87 from 15 votes
The BEST homemade hamburgers!! This easy burger recipe is complete with the most delicious secret sauce that compliments the Ranch Burgers perfectly!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 725 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


For Burger Patty

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 c cheddar cheese
  • 1 pkg hidden valley ranch mix or 3 TB

For Secret Sauce

  • 3/4 c mayo
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 1/4 c relish
  • 2 TB worcestershire sauce

Other Topping Ideas

  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • onion slices
  • pickles
  • avocado
  • bacon


  • Mix cheese and ranch into your hamburger meat and form into patties. Grill to your liking.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients and mix well with a whisk.
  • Top with this delicious sauce for a fantastic restaurant style burger.

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  1. It’s unfortunate that your emails- links have so many pop ups I can never see your entire post. I look for a recipe and have to FIGHT at least 5 pop ups and never can see entire recipe.
    This has caused me to delete your emails.
    Even just typing a note to you brought up another 5. Really frustrating. Thought you should know.

  2. 5 stars
    The hamburger recipe with ranch is awesome and the secret sauce was perfect for my hubby. Thank you so very much for sharing the great recipe with me. Loved it. I am hoping to try a few more of your yummy looking recipes in the weeks to come. Thank you oh so much. Sincerely NJDJ

    1. You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed the ranch burgers. They are our favorite. Hope you enjoy some of the other recipes too!

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