Peppercorn Crusted Burgers Recipe


For the burgers

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef (80/20 lean to fat ratio is ideal)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black peppercorns

For serving

  • 4 hamburger buns (brioche or pretzel buns work great)
  • Sliced cheese (Swiss, cheddar, provolone, or your favorite)
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Tomato slices
  • Red onion slices (optional)
  • Condiments of your choice (e.g., mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, aioli)


1. Prep the peppercorns: If your peppercorns aren’t already coarse, lightly crush them using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a chef’s knife.

2. Form the patties: In a large bowl, gently mix ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Avoid overmixing, as this can make your burgers tough. Divide the mixture into four equal portions and shape them into patties about 1-inch thick.

3. Create the crust: Spread the crushed peppercorns on a plate or shallow dish. Press both sides of each patty into the peppercorns, coating them generously.

4. Chill: Refrigerate the patties for at least 30 minutes (or up to a few hours). This helps them hold their shape during cooking.

5. Cook the burgers

  • Grill: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Grill the burgers, turning once, until cooked to your desired doneness, about 4-6 minutes per side for medium. During the last minute of cooking, add cheese slices to the patties to melt.
  • Stovetop: Heat a large skillet or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Cook patties for 4-6 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Add cheese during the last minute.
    Assemble the burgers: Lightly toast the buns. Place the cooked burgers on the bottom buns and top with lettuce, tomato, onion (if using), and your favorite condiments.


Don’t overcook: Burgers are best enjoyed slightly juicy. Use a meat thermometer to ensure a safe internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).

Make an indentation: Create a small dent in the center of each patty before cooking. This helps them cook evenly and prevents them from bulging up.

Experiment with toppings: Have fun with toppings! Consider adding bacon, avocado, sautéed mushrooms, or a fried egg.

Enjoy your delicious, gourmet-style peppercorn-crusted burgers!


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