Great Burger Seasonings

You can make a very tasty burger using nothing but salt and pepper, but adding other seasonings to ground beef opens up worlds of possibilities. The spices, sauces, herbs, and other flavorings pictured below range in taste from the understated (red wine) to the bold (chile sauce). Just how much to add will depend on your tastes; below you'll find our suggested amounts to use for one pound of beef (enough for two thick burgers). See our Guide to Building the Perfect Burger »

Anchovies
Anchovies
Pound an oil-cured filet and mix it well into the beef for briny flavor.Michael Kraus
Dijon Mustard
Dijon Mustard
A teaspoon brightens the flavor of cooked beef with mellow spiciness.Michael Kraus
Dried Mushrooms
Dried Mushrooms
A few dried porcinis that have been ground in a spice grinder give patties a deeper meatiness.Michael Kraus
Egg
Eggs
An egg enriches the flavor of beef and helps to keep the burger moist as it cooks.Michael Kraus
Herbed Bread Crumbs
Herbed Bread Crumbs
A tablespoon of herbed bread crumbs helps bind the ground meat and adds a toasty flavor.Michael Kraus
Onion
Onions
Half of a small, coarsely grated onion gives sweet notes and juiciness to burgers.Michael Kraus
Onion Soup Mix
Onion Soup Mix
A few pinches of this powdered mixture of beef bouillon and dried onion enhance a burger's meaty depth.Michael Kraus
Red Wine
Red Wine
A few tablespoons of a dry, tannic red wine infuse burgers with peppery notes.Michael Kraus
Sesame Oil
Sesame Oil
A drizzle of this East Asian staple adds a nutty essence.Michael Kraus
Sriracha
Sriracha
A teaspoon or so of this Asian-style garlic chile sauce imparts a subtle heat and sweetness.Michael Kraus
Steak Sauce
Steak Sauce
A tablespoon of sweet and tangy A1, a condiment made with tomatoes, vinegar, and dried fruit, intensifies a burger's beefiness.Michael Kraus
Thyme
Thyme
Add a teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves for a subtle, woodsy taste.Michael Kraus
Worcestershire Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
A few dashes of this sweet-tart sauce lend tang and depth.Michael Kraus
Capers
Capers
A teaspoon of finely chopped capers gives burgers a pleasing, concentrated saltiness.Michael Kraus