BBQ burger on a white plate next to coleslaw on a wooden background (with logo overlay)

Justin’s Famous BBQ Burgers

A regular hamburger is great, but add some BBQ flavor for an amazing burger! BBQ Burgers are better than you can get at a restaurant!

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Ok, well these BBQ Burgers are famous only in a few houses, but they are so good. I won’t eat burgers when we go out anymore because of this.

I don’t even remember where we got the idea, but one night, probably six years ago, we decided we wanted to try to do something different with our burgers to give them more flavor. We took a look in our pantry to see what we had and found some barbecue seasoning and sauce leftover from other meals. So we started mixing things and came up with this recipe for bbq burgers, and they are ah-maz-ing!

We grill almost year-round here since it’s always so warm in SE Texas. But, during the summer, we love traditional southern bbq sides such as coleslaw, potato salad, and french fries.

BBQ Burgers Step by Step


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp bbq seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • Desired toppings


Start by dividing up your ground beef for the hamburger patties. You need to do a little bit of math here to figure out what size burgers you want. We usually make 1/3 pound burgers for the adults, and 1/4 pounders for the kids.

In one small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, bbq seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add the bbq sauce to a separate small bowl. Roll each piece of ground beef into a ball, then coat with bread crumb mixture and work that into the meat.

Young boy rolling burger meat in bread crumbs

Next, roll the meat into the bbq sauce and work that into the meat as well. Then flatten the beef out into the shape of a hamburger patty.

Young boy rolling burger meat in a bowl of bbq sauce

Justin’s expert advice: Once you shape the hamburgers, use your thumb to make in intend in the center of the patty to help them keep a better size while they are grilling. If we forget to do this, they end up more like a hockey puck than a hamburger!

Young boy pressing a dimple into bbq burger patties

Repeat this with each piece of ground beef. Then grill over medium heat until they reach your desired doneness, making sure to flip at least once. If you want a cheeseburger, add a slice of cheese in the last minute of cooking, just enough so that the cheese melts.

BBQ burgers topped with slices of cheese on the grill

Serve on a hamburger bun with toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc. There’s no wrong way to eat a hamburger, just pile on what you like and go for it!

BBQ burger on a white plate next to coleslaw on a wooden background (vertical)


Originally Published On: August 21, 2016

Last Updated On: July 29, 2023

BBQ burger on a white plate next to coleslaw on a wooden background

Justin’s Famous BBQ Burgers

A regular hamburger is great, but add some BBQ flavor and you have an amazing burger! This is better than you can get at a restaurant!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Main Dish
ground beef
Servings: 6
5 from 9 votes


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp bbq seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • Desired toppings


  • Separate ground beef into six pieces to make 1/3 pound burgers
  • In bowl, combine bread crumbs, BBQ seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder
  • Put BBQ sauce in separate bowl
  • Roll each section of ground beef in bowl with crumbs and work into ground beef
  • Add to bowl of BBQ sauce and work this into the meat
  • Shape each piece into a hamburger patty
  • Grill to desired doneness
  • Serve on buns with desired toppings
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Nutrition Facts
Justin's Famous BBQ Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 750 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1072mg45%
Potassium 701mg20%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 237mg24%
Iron 8.3mg46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

48 thoughts on “Justin’s Famous BBQ Burgers”

  1. 5 stars
    I am DROOLING – HARD RIGHT NOW!!! I sooooooo want a burger today. But I wanna grill it myself! I have to wait a week and BAM, then I will be able to!

  2. 5 stars
    What a cool kid. He’s got my heart. My son has been making his own lunch lately. Maybe we will have chefs!!

    1. My son has now started asking about cooking shows. We were watching a bit of Master Chef Junior the other day and he wants to be on there! I said he has a lot more to learn but we can work towards it!

  3. You’ll never see me turning down a burger!! I love the extra BBQ spin on these. They look SO good. Can’t wait to grill them up this summer!

  4. We love making burgers at home and grilling them. I especially like cooking my kiddos, so I loved seeing the pictures. These look great.

  5. What a talented kid you got there! I will definitely try the thumb print in the patty tip. No one likes a hockey puck burger!

  6. Wow! Absolutely looks yummy and this makes me hungry, I reallylove the recipe Im sure my hubby wouldlove this too

  7. 5 stars
    I actually had some of Justin’s Famous BBQ Burgers and they are fantastic!! The burgers are rich in flavor and taste delicious. Easy to make and a great way to spice up a normal BBQ. I highly recommend you try the recipe and cook them for the family – they’ll be hooked!

  8. 5 stars
    Wow! This burger is great! Just tried the recipe today and it really gave the burger a lot of flavor . Will do it again.

  9. Wow! burgers and that too BBQ….. Mouth watering and delicious. Summers are great time to enjoy burgers. I would love to try this recipe for my little one. He would love it

  10. 5 stars
    I ONLY eat home made burgers and this recipe will definitely be a success! I will try it this weekend! fingers crossed we get BBQ weather 🙂

  11. Awwww! That’s so cute getting him to help out like that in the kitchen. I was doing something like this with my daughter on Monday at the BBQ. She had a lot of fun doing it with the corn, steak and potatoes. I can see why you wouldn’t want to eat burgers anywhere else. 🙂

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