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10 Epic MANburger Recipes

Updated: May 21, 2020

Not made from ground man, but from ground chuck or bison meat - the most flavorful and nutritious option for making a great hamburger. Don't forget to check out how you can ROCK OUT this recipe and create Vegan, gluten-free, and leaner alternatives. This hamburger is so versatile, you will love the alternate recipes that you can make just by swapping out a few ingredients. The secret to cooking the moist, flavorful burger may surprise you (it's not on the grill)!

To make Classic MANburger:

  • 1 ½ lbs. fresh ground chuck

  • 3/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 egg

  • 1 packet of dry marinade mix

  • 1 TBSP dried basil

  • 1 TBSP dried oregano

  • 4 TBSP butter, melted

  • Fresh hamburger buns (Keto and Gluten-free diets use preferred bun alternatives)


  • Cheddar cheese slices

  • Vidalia onion, sliced

  • Ripe beefsteak tomato, sliced

  • Green leaf lettuce

  • Dill pickles


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Colander, sharp knife, baking sheet, aluminum foil, large mixing bowl, marinating brush, cooking spoon, measuring cup, spatula.

Prep: 20 min

Cook: 16-22 min in oven

Ready: 36-42 min

Serves: 4-6 burgers

1. Preheat oven to 425° F.Wash and prepare toppings: Slice purple onions, cut leaf lettuce, slice tomato. Place toppings in fridge to keep cool until ready to serve. Line baking pan with foil.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, cheese, BBQ sauce, egg, dry marinade mix, basil, oregano.

3. Form beef mixture into 4 balls. Flatten and slightly mold into bowl-shaped patties on ungreased baking pan lined with foil. Each patty should be about an inch thick and four inches in diameter. To form perfect patties, check out our DIY Perfect Burger Patty Maker post.

4. Brush top of patty with melted butter. DO not salt patties. Salt draws out the moisture and will dry out your patties. Do not want to freeze patties.

5. Bake patties on top rack uncovered. Estimated times for preferred cooking temperature- The timing will vary to get the correct internal temperature. Monitor internal temperature of each patty using a meat thermometer to confirm:

* 16 min Medium-Rare (pink & warm) 130° F.

Flip and brush with butter after 8 min

* 18 min Medium (pink center) 140 ° F.

Flip and brush with butter after 9 min

* 20 min Medium-Well (slightly pink center) 150° F.

Flip and brush with butter after 10 min

* 22 min Well Done (cooked center) 160 ° F.

Flip and brush with butter after 11 min

6. Within each bun stack so to put hot burger in middle between onion slices and cheese. Stack the lettuce, onion, burger, cheese (so it slightly melts), pickles, tomato. Add your sauce of preference- ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc. Serve.


Cowboy MANburger

Top with American cheese, Vidalia onion slices, BBQ sauce, and bacon.

Italiano MANburger

Top with a thick slice of Mozzarella cheese, marinara tomato sauce, pinch of minced garlic, Basil, Oregano. Inside of a Ciabatta roll.

Bourbon Bacon and Cheddar Double MANburger

Top two patties with extra bacon, white and sharp Cheddar cheese, Bourbon BBQ sauce. Inside of a thin sandwich bread.

Lean Mean Portabello MANburger

Marinate and cook a large Portabello mushroom cap instead of the burger patty. Top with onion, lettuce, tomatoes. Inside a Gluten-free hamburger bun.

MANburger Bowl

Remove the bun from any of the burger recipes and chop all the warm and cold ingredients separately before combining them in a bowl. Top with favorite sauce.

Tex Mex MANburger

Top with bacon, cilantro, Pepper Jack cheese, tomato, onion, guacamole

Mushroom Swiss & Onion MANburger

Marinate mushrooms. Cook mushrooms and onions in same oven pan as burgers. Top with mushrooms, cooked onions, and Swiss cheese.

Sweet Kahuna MANburger

Top with three boiled shrimp, bacon (or SPAM), pineapple slice, Hawaiian BBQ or Teriyaki sauce. Inside a Hawaiian bread hamburger bun.

Red, White & Blue MANburger

Place buffalo burger between tomato, Ranch dressing or ketchup, red roasted peppers, white onion slice, and Bleu cheese. Decorate with US Flags or similar décor.

Salmon MANburger

An amazing alternative to using ground meat in your hamburger. We took ground salmon through our classic MANburger recipe, and added the perfect combination of melted Asiago cheese, a thick tomato slice, with softened cream cheese and chives.


  • 2 lbs. fresh ground salmon, skin removed (you can use your food processor to ground fresh salmon as well)

  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced

  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup preferred sugar or sugar substitute

  • 1 egg (or preferred egg replacement)

  • 1 TBSN Sea salt

  • 1 TBSN minced garlic

  • 1 TBSP dried thyme

  • 1 TBSP dried rosemary

  • 4 TBSP butter, melted

  • Fresh hamburger buns (Keto and Gluten-free diets use preferred bun alternatives)


  • 8 slices Asiago cheese

  • 4 slices ripe beefsteak tomatoes

  • 8 TBSN Chive flavored cream cheese, softened


1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

2. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.

3. In a large bowl, combine ground salmon, Parmesan cheese, rosemary, thyme, egg, garlic, salt, sugar, onions, and breadcrumbs. Mix thoroughly with wet hands.

4. Form meat mixture into balls about 3 inches in diameter.

5. Arrange balls onto the baking sheet and flatten using large spatula or Perfect Patty Maker (click here to see how to make a perfect hamburger patty maker.)

6. Coat top of burgers with melted butter and bake them in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

7. Flip the burgers and coat browned side with melted butter. Bake for 10 more minutes.

8. Within each bun stack so to put hot salmon patty in middle between the cheeses. Place tomato slice inside hamburger bun and top with 2 TBSN of cream cheese. Add salmon patty and top with 2 slices of Asiago cheese. Serve hot.

1 serving: 110 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 200 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 11 g protein.

My recommendation is using buffalo meat (more commonly referred to as bison meat). Bison meat is one of the leanest, most nutritious meats available, and makes fantastic MANburgers. Because most meat bison are raised on open ranches and fed grass, the meat contains fewer artificial antibiotics, hormones and steroids than beef and other more common meats. A bison burger contains about 146 calories, making it a very low calorie and low fat meat. A similar serving of 90 % lean beef contains about 176 calories. The protein content is slightly higher, with 20.23 grams in a serving of bison, compared to a serving of 90% lean beef, with 20 grams.Using ground turkey to reduce calorie content is a myth. You won't lose calories by using ground turkey. In fact there are more calories in turkey than beef. 

A spicier wine with more robust flavor to stand up to the toppings. Malbec, Zinfandel, and Côtes du Rhone. Honestly, it tastes best with an ice cold beer!

If you prefer to grill, refrigerate the patties before grilling and heat your grill at 450 degrees F and cook each side for 5-7 minutes.  Again, I prefer to  cook in the oven, as soft meat falls between grates. And the patties come out moist. Cooks best in oven. Grills cook unevenly and often burn edges, some patties cook faster than others.  You will often get that flame spurts because the fat from the burger will increase the heat and burn areas of the meat. So if you can live without the grill lines in your burger, this is a great option that will prevent drying out the meat or having them cook unevenly. Burgers must be moist, hot, flavorful, and cooked to the ideal temperature.

Vegan and vegetarian alternatives: Replace burger meat using large Portabello mushroom caps. Marinate large Portabello mushroom caps in vegetable stock for 24 hours.  Bake them for only 20 minutes, 10 min each side.

Use vegan-friendly hamburger buns or rolls that don't contain eggs or dairy.

Use a vegan cheese alternative that you enjoy that is free of dairy and animal enzymes.

If using Portabello mushrooms, there is no need to use eggs or Worcestershire sauce, as they are not vegan-friendly. Don’t forget to top it with your favorite sauce or maybe an organic tomato ketchup.

KICK OUT THE GLUTS and make this gluten free: Use gluten-free buns or sandwich bread available at your local supermarket, or simply lose the bun altogether and chop this up into a MANburger Bowl, this is also a great way to reduce the amount of carbs. Be sure to use grain-fed beef which is gluten free.

Use cheeses which are gluten free, like Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, Provolone, Bleu Cheese, and Mozzarella. Avoid processed cheeses (like processed American cheeses). Believe it or not, Velveeta is a gluten free food, so that is another great cheese option.

Be sure to check the labels of your sauces to ensure they are gluten-free.  Avoid any that list "wheat" or "barley" in their ingredients. If a product does not have an ingredient statement, it is a pure spice or herb with nothing added and contains no added glutens. Worcestershire sauce is also gluten free.

Reduce/Lower the sugar: Use sauces and marinade mixes that contain no added sugars.

Lower the calories: Use ground round, ground sirloin, or extra lean ground beef which will shave about 50-60 calories off using the ground chuck.

Lessen the amount of calories and fat, follow the Portabello mushroom version.

Instead of using cheese in the burger meat, you could substitute bread crumbs or cooked brown rice.

Pump up the protein: Double up on your meat, increase the cheese, or simply make your patties larger.


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