How to Cook Burgers on a Rack in the Oven

On a rack in the oven, you don’t have to turn your food.  The air circulates under the food and cooks the food from above and below.  Cooking times are reduced.  Without turning, your burgers are incredibly juicy.  There is no searing of the meat to try to hold the juices in but that doesn’t matter because the burgers aren’t turned and the juices are not lost.

Here’s how to make quick, easy burgers with little cleanup.

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set an oven-safe rack on the foil.  You should have at least an inch of air space between the rack and pan for circulation.
  2. Set the oven shelf to the upper third of the oven.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Form burger patties, include seasonings, as you normally would.  (We used a burger press and made 1/3 pound burgers.)
  5. Set the burgers on the rack and place the pan with rack in the oven.
  6. Bake for eight to ten minutes or until done as you like them.

That’s all there is to it.  Once you know your cooking times, you can just set the timer and walk away.  There is no cooking over a hot stove, no grease splatter, and little clean up.  (Throw the foil away and brush and wash the grill before any food particles dry on the grill.)

These will the easiest burgers you have ever cooked.