My Weber Q beef burger and cheese recipe is not only super juicy and flavourful, but it’s also really simple to cook right on your own grill at home. From the mayonnaise mustard sauce on the bottom to the melted cheese at the top. Your tastebuds are not going to know what’s hit them.
Since having a Weber Family Q on my back deck, I’ve always wanted to have a crack at making burgers on it. And OMG! they taste better than any traditional BBQ I’ve ever used.
I’m not going to take the credit here, though.
Gordan Ramsey did inspire me with this one.
I’ve always thought the secret to the perfect burger was throwing every herb you can think of into the hamburger pattie.
I was wrong. I never thought that using salt and pepper was all you needed for a mouthwatering burger.
What I found was the how and when you season the pattie makes all the difference.
What Ground Beef/Mince is Best for Hamburgers?
When choosing your ground beef/mince, it’s crucial to choose beef that isn’t too lean.
For a burger to hold its shape with minimal shrinkage during barbecuing, ground beef should have at least 20% fat.
This will ensure maximum juiciness and flavour.
Supermarkets sell 3-star regular ground beef/mince, which is fine.
But I highly recommend wagyu from your local butcher for the best flavour. It is slightly more expensive, but you can’t cheap out if you want great tasting burgers.
Great Flavor is in the Preparation of the Meat
Seriously, I never thought overseasoning the meat patty was a thing.
The secret to the perfect hamburger is when all of the flavours work together from top to bottom.
A rule when making hamburger patties is to minimise handling of the ground beef/mince.
By overhandling the meat, you risk your burger patty cracking and having a soggy texture inside when barbecuing.
Soggyness in a hamburger is caused by the warmth in your hands being transferred to the meat. So the less handling you do, the better.
1kg/2.2 lbs of ground beef/mince will make roughly six 1.5cm thick burger patties at around 10cm in diameter.
For the burger to give maximum flavour, we must season, season and season the meat.
How to Minimise a Burger Patty from Shrinking on the Grill?
How many of you guys feel like you’ve been robbed when your burger patty shrinks when grilling?
Well, luckily, there is a way to stop it from happening.
All you need to do is make a dent in the centre of the patty with your fingers. Try not to press down too hard, though.
This method won’t stop the patty from shrinking on the grill completely, but you will find it will be substantially less.
What to Add to a Weber Q Beef Burger?
It’s easy to get carried away and add everything but the kitchen sink to your beef burgers. But you must resist temptation…lol.
Believe it or not, salt and pepper are all that’s needed to season a burger.
Any more than that, and you take away the natural flavours of a grilled burger patty.
Another way to destroy a great burger is by adding tomato sauce or ketchup. Yuck!
Less is more, guys! Remember, you can’t unmake a burger.
Some great tasting sauces you can try are:
- Classic burger sauce
- Maple bacon relish
- Beer cheese
- Jalapeno cheese sauce
- Harissa yogurt
- Blue cheese mayo
- Chipotle feta
- Tarragon special sauce
- Truffle mayo
My personal favourite and the one I’m using in this recipe is a light mayonnaise/mustard sauce.
Then it’s simply lettuce, tomato, and your favourite cheese and some grilled red onion.
My Weber Q Beef Burger recipe is just the basics to a great tasting burger. It is entirely up to you what you want on yours.
How to stop a Burger Patty from Cracking on the Weber Q?
It is believed that egg and breadcrumbs are all that’s needed to stop a burger patty from cracking or breaking.
This is false and requires more work on your behalf if you add it to your ground beef/mince.
I purchased a hamburger press, which takes the hassle out of handling and shaping the patty.
If you don’t have hamburger press in your kitchen cupboard, put on some kitchen gloves to minimise heat transfer from your hands to the ground beef/mince.
Shape your patty into a circle at your desired thickness and diameter, but try to do it a quickly as possible.
Place the burger patties on a tray lined with baking paper and cover with plastic/cling wrap.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.
How to Grill Burgers On The Weber Q?
Before cooking your burgers, it’s crucial to remove the burger patties from the fridge and allow them to reach room temperature for 1-2 hours.
This will allow even cooking inside the burger.
I will be grilling my burgers on the Family Q, but don’t worry, guys. This recipe will work just as well for those that have a Baby Q or Medium.
Make sure the surface of your Weber Q is nice and clean, and free from debris. We don’t want that transferring to our burgers. Yuck!
The first rule of thumb is to get the grill nice and hot. I mean full blast!
For Family Q, both gas control knobs must be up high. And Baby Q/Medium Owners turn the single gas control knob too high also.
Give your Weber 10-15 minutes to heat up before cooking.
Some Extra Helpful Tips When Grilling Burgers on Your Weber Q:
- I can’t express this enough, but please cook with the lid down as much as possible. This is what Weber Q was designed for.
- Burger patties will stick when first put on the grill. This is normal.
- Try to avoid moving or flipping the burger, or they may crack or split.
- A good rule of thumb is to set a timer for 4 minutes per side. This will ensure they are no longer sticking and will make it easier to flip.
- Melt the cheese on the patty while on the grill.
- Season the burger with salt and pepper after you have flipped the burgers.
- Place the onion on the grill directly. Try to avoid eating raw onion on a burger. It’s far too acidic and draws away from the flavour of the burger.
- Lightly toast the hamburger buns on the grill directly. This stops the base of the bun from going soggy.
- Baste a little bit of butter onto both sides of the burger. This will keep the patty moist and juicy and add more flavour.
Make Sure Your Well Organised When Grilling Burgers
There are so many moving parts when trying to nail a perfect Weber Q beef burger.
And it can be a little overwhelming when trying to make it all come together.
Setting up what I call a burger station next to your Weber Q can really help make your life easier and less stressful.
Place all of the ingredients to assemble your burger on a table, and you can continue to check on your burgers without ever having to leave.
Summing up a Great Tasting Beef Burger
This recipe is what I would call a basic burger. Of course, you are most welcome to play with it and adapt it to your own palette.
But please remember, you can’t unmake a burger. Once it’s added, it’s permanent.
Everything else can be added around the burger. You’re more than welcome to experiment with it, and most of all, have fun.
Drop a comment below and share your thoughts!
Some of our Favorite Recipes on Family Cooking Adventures
Our Weber Q recipes are constantly growing, and I just have to share some of our favourites with you to cook on yours.
- Meat Lover’s Pizza – So many variations of meat have gone onto this pizza. It’s any blokes best mate.
- Deluxe Cheeseburger – Two patties, melted burger cheese and capped with a copycat Big Mac pickle sauce, hmmm.
- Banana and Walnut Bread – Super moist banana bread, and baked in a Weber Q. Wow, is there nothing this guy can’t do?
- Potato Bake – Bursting with flavour and incredibly creamy. Makes it a perfect dinner while camping.
- Weber Q Roast Lamb – So juicy, so tender, hmmm.
- Weber Q Roast Beef – This one is simply art, perfectly slow-roasted beef with garlic and herbed crust, cooked to a medium-rare. Simply delicious.
Simply Amazing Weber Q Beef Burger with Cheese Recipe
Making The Hamburger Pattie
- 1 kg 2.2lbs Ground Beef (Mince) 20% + fat (see note 1)
- 1 Red Onion
- 6 Slices Cheese of Choice I Use Vintage Cheese (Optional)
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
Assembling The Burger
- 6 Hamburger Buns I Use Brioche Buns (Optional)
- 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp American Mustard
- Lettuce I use Cos Lettuce (Optional)
Ground Beef (Mince) Preperation
- In a mixing bowl add ground beef/mince and season with a generous amount of salt and pepper and lightly mix with kitchen gloves on your hands.
- Separate beef into 6 even portions and form into circles that are roughly the same width as your buns. (mine are about 10cm in diameter and 1.5 cm thick) Try not to press too hard while forming the pattie, light fingers equal juicy burgers. (See note 2)
- Once patties are shaped to your liking, make a dent in the centre of each pattie. (This will help to minimise shrinkage and hold each patties shape during the grilling process.)
- Place patties on a flat tray lined with baking paper and season generously with salt and pepper. Cover with glad/plastic wrap and place into the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, but overnight is preferred. (see note 3)
Grilling Burgers On Your Weber Q
- Turn both control knobs to the high position. Baby Q and Medium owners turn the control knob to the high position also. Fire up your grill and let it heat up for 10-15 minutes with the lid down.
- Light drizzle both sides of each pattie with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roll the patties around in the seasoning to ensure every inch is covered.
- Cut red onion to your desired shape. I cut mine into slices. Season the onion with salt & pepper.
- Gently place each pattie onto the grill and close the lid. Set a timer for 4 minutes. While waiting melt some butter and cut your hamburger buns in half.
- Flip patties and again season with salt & pepper and baste with butter around the top and sides, then add onion to the grill. Place your hamburger buns on the grill and toast for 1 to 1.5 minutes.Cook the patties only for a further 4 minutes with the lid down.
- Flip burgers one last time, baste patties with more butter and season with salt and pepper one last time. Add cheese slices to the top of each patty and close the lid. Cook for a further 30 seconds to 1 minute to allow the cheese to properly melt.
Assembling the Burgers
- Put the mayonnaise and American mustard into a small bowl and mix together well.
- Place the desired amount of sauce onto the bottom of the bun. Follow that up with lettuce, tomato, the hamburger patty and onions. You can add more sauce to the top of the bun if desired.