Burgers are the favorite comfort food for all age groups, and in case you feel like spicing things up, nothing can beat a ranch burger.
The Ranch Burgers are meaty and juicy, with just enough yellow onion and spicy flavor.
While you have a whole list of topping options to satisfy your taste buds, these burgers are so delicious that only the most minimal toppings are required. With a bit of lettuce, a piece of tomato, red onion, and Ranch dressing, dinner is ready in no time.
Even if you don’t love ranch dressing, don’t underestimate these burgers. They’re prepared with a dry mix rather than the drippy white sauce. The ranch dressing mix adds a zesty onion and herb spice to these burgers. Adding this seasoning to standard burgers is a simple way to jazz them up, and this version honestly tastes like a burger you’d get at a sports bar.
With my mouth watering already, let’s get started with our ranch burger recipe.
What You’ll Need
For Burger Patties
- Ground Beef 1.5 pounds
- Salt 1 teaspoon
- Crushed pepper 1 teaspoon
- Ranch Seasoning 1 pack
- Cheese 2-3 slices
- Burger buns
- Mayonnaise 2-3 tablespoons
- Onion Slices into rings
- Lettuce/ 1 leaf for each burger
- Tomato 2-3 Slices
- Ranch Dressing
Get Your Ranch Burger Ingredients Together.
To prepare these burgers, you will need ground beef, and in case you’re not a beef person, you can substitute it with chicken or turkey. To season them, you’ll need dry ranch dressing mix and some slices of cheese to top them. Although most chefs choose provolone, you can use any cheese you like.
Next up, you’ll need burger buns – you can use any sort of bun or even a lettuce leaf if you want to go low-carb. If you use buns, slather them with mayonnaise before assembling the burger.
You may keep it simple with tomato, lettuce, and red onion for toppings, but you can also add mustard, ketchup, habanero, guacamole, bacon, and other toppings.
Prepare the Patties For the Burgers.
If you’re going to use an outdoor grill, make sure it’s hot before you start preparing the burgers. When you don’t have a grill, or it’s too chilly outside, or you just want to save yourself from the trouble, you may use a flat top, electrical skillet, or a pan on the stovetop.
Combine the ground beef with the ranch dressing and mix gently, preferably with your hands, and then shape the meat into four patties about 1-inch thick.
Grill the Patties and Buns.
When you’re using an outside grill, let the patties cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning once. Cooking the patties in a frying pan may take 4-5 minutes on each side, based on how you prefer your burgers done.
The buns will also be grilled, either simultaneously with the burgers or as soon as they’re done if there’s no space. Lather mayonnaise on the sliced sides of each bun, then grill for 30-60 seconds, or until nicely toasted. You may toast the buns in a skillet or broil them if you’re working with the stovetop.
Assemble Your Burger With the Toppings.
Transfer the patties to the grill or pan for the last touch, then cover each with a piece of cheese. Cover the grill or skillet and heat the patties for around 30 seconds to melt the cheese.
Place the patties on the buns and top with lettuce, tomato, red onions, or any additional toppings or sauces you prefer – bacon would be delicious. You can serve the burgers with french fries, tater tots, or chips, but you can amp up the ranch flavor by serving it with a ranch-dressed leafy green salad.
Pro-Tips to Amp Up Your Ranch Burger Recipe
- Use minced beef with a fat level of 80/20. It will be flavorful, juicy, and reasonably priced. When grilling, some fat will naturally drip away throughout the cooking process.
- Toss the meat instead of blending it. Too much processing will result in a rough burger.
- Instead of kneading, fold and wrap your ranch burger patties. Again, overworking the meat will result in a tough burger. We cannot emphasize this more.
- Before grilling, place patties in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will improve the congealing and holding of the meat.
- Put ranch patties over the direct fire for a few minutes to sear the outsides, give them a flame-grilled appearance, and then transfer them to low heat to finish cooking. You don’t want the fire to dry out your burger.
- Never, ever use a spatula to apply pressure on your burger patty. This will only serve to suck out those precious juices (and flavor).
- Allow them to relax before eating. This step is necessaryfor every piece of meat, but it’s often forgotten when it comes to hamburgers. This lets the juices redistribute and soak back into the meat. Cutting into them too quickly will allow them to flee to your platter or cutting board.
Our Final Thoughts
Ranch burgers are a classic with some authentic flavors and juicy patty loaded with zesty flavors.
While we have shared a standard ranch burger recipe with you, you can go all out with the toppings to satisfy your burger cravings. Yet, make sure to be gentle with the patty and try those pro-tips to enjoy the flavors to the fullest.
If you’re a ranch lover, a ranch dressing will take your burgers to another level.
You can also get store-bought ranch dressings for a quick burger party and drizzle them over some crispy fries to enjoy a wholesome meal.