Stovetop Double-Stack Cheeseburgers

Want a great burger cooked on the stovetop? These double-stacked cheeseburgers are what your cravings desire: thin, tender patties, melty cheese, and a generous amount of secret sauce. Don't forget a napkin!

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 double cheeseburgers


For the easy burger sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon pickle relish

For the burgers:

  • 20 to 24 ounces ground beef (90/10)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 to 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Red onion slices

Special equipment:


1 Make the burger sauce: Stir together the burger sauce ingredients, and adjust the flavors to your liking. Some people like more ketchup or more relish.

How to Cook Burgers on the Stovetop make the special sauce

2 Make the burger patties: Measure out ground beef into eight 3-ounce patties (for double cheeseburgers) or four 5- to 6-ounce patties (for single burgers). Some people even prefer a single, thin 4-ounce patty.

Be gentle with the ground beef. Keep it in loose balls for now. Season the outside of the balls with salt and pepper.

3 Add the patties to the pan and press: Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the beef balls one at a time, pressing each one by covering it with foil and pressing down to flatten with a second small pan or skillet. Try to get the patty as even as possible. For double burgers, you are looking for a very thin patty. For single burgers, shoot for about 1/3-inch thick patty.

Repeat with pressing each of the patties in the pan, reusing the same piece of foil.

4 Cook the patties: Cook patties for 2 minutes for the thinner double patties, or 3 to 4 minutes for the thicker single patties. Flip, top with cheese, and cook until the cheese is melted, another 2 to 3 minutes.

The patties will shrink a bit as they cook. It’s okay to press on them a bit with your spatula to reshape them slightly, but try to keep a light touch, or you will push out all the juices.

Stove Top Cheeseburger Recipe make the burger pattiesHow to Cook Burgers on the Stovetop flip the burgersStovetop Burger Recipe stack the burgers and add cheese

4 Assemble the burgers: When your burger patties are cooked through and the cheese is very melted, smear the bottom bun with 1 to 2 tablespoons of burger sauce and top with lettuce. Add your burger patty (or patties) and top with sliced tomato and red onion.

Serve immediately!

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  • Sue

    So good. my only question is how to do it without making my smoke alarm go off.


    • Summer Miller

      Hi, Sue! I’m glad to hear this recipe was a hit! My only suggestion for the smoke alarm concern would be to turn down the heat a bit! You’ll still get a good char!

  • D Wilson

    Great advice to weigh the meat to get even portions – I can’t wait to try the double patty version.

    For a change up on the burger secret sauce, try dijon mustard in place of ketchup and add that to mayo and sweet pickle relish. It’s the way they served us burgers in elementary school (a million years ago) and it is delicious.

  • Dawn

    You inspired me, Nick. Seeing your gorgeous photo, I just had to make a cheeseburger last night! I didn’t have any buns, so I went to the King Arthur Flour web site, and used their Beautiful Burger Bun recipe. Excellent recipe and pretty easy to make within a couple of hours. Your cook times were perfect and we both enjoyed the most delicious medium rare burger that I have had for a long time. Thank you for the idea and the timings!