Kitchen Hack (noun): Refers to a shortcut found in the kitchen. A tip or a technique that makes one’s life easier, specifically when it comes to organizing or preparing a meal.
Grilling cheeseburgers isn’t necessarily difficult. The concept is simple even if there are complicated recipes out there for making the perfect patty. I, for one, love the taste of a good grilled cheeseburger. However, I don’t always have the luxury of being able to grill them.
Most nights when I’m preparing dinner, I’m the only adult with 4 kids under the age of 6. That makes it difficult to duck in and out of the house to watch both the burgers and my boys. But I don’t want to give up cheeseburgers. Nor do I want to wait until it’s the perfect time when both my husband and I are home. Therefore, I keep it simple.
Keep it simple by…making cheeseburgers in the oven! Similar to making sausages/brautwurst in the oven, it’s incredibly easy.Just put them on a broiler pan, season them and bake them. It doesn’t taste exactly the same as on the grill — nothing can replace that favor. But it’s certainly better than NO cheeseburgers!
As an added bonus, some of the fat that would be re-absorbed by the burger drips into the pan. Making it less fat – but still tons of flavor!
Keep it simple by…keeping the seasonings simple. For me, it’s just salt, pepper and garlic powder. Well, except I also add worcestershire sauce, which is lovely with burgers. But season it however you want to.
Keep it simple by…using pre-made hamburger patties. Is it more expensive? For sure! But since I can’t seem to form a hamburger patty that doesn’t either fall apart or turn into a hockey puck, it’s worth it to me!
Making Cheeseburgers in the Oven
- hamburger patties
- seasonings - salt, pepper, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, etc.
- cheese - cheddar, pepper jack, colby, etc.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
On a roasting pan, place hamburger patties.
Season both sides of the patty as you normally would. I do salt, pepper, garlic powder and worcestershire sauce.
Bake until mostly cooked - about 15 minutes.
Top the patties with cheese slices. Bake just until the cheese is melted - 2-3 minutes.
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She coupons, price matches and meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.