Barbecued Burgers (Amish-style Recipe)

grilled barbecued hamburger on a plate with baked beans potato salad and chips

Amish Barbecued Hamburgers

Grilled barbecued burgers are a common summer holiday meat entrée. And a moist grilled burger that’s made with only hamburger, salt, and pepper tastes great when it’s piled with toppings.

But this recipe for Amish-style grilled hamburgers takes a hamburger patty to another level. It’s the best bbq burger recipe ever!

These homemade bbq burgers for the grill are so moist and full of flavor. They are made with a homemade barbecue sauce that gets added to the meat and also brushed and spread over the grilled patty.

ingredients for hamburgers

Juicy Hamburgers for a Summer Barbecue

I love summer holidays and barbecues! Fun family times, good food, and the great outdoors are so lovely!

Although living in Missouri, sometimes the summer heat becomes so oppressive that you really cannot enjoy the outdoors unless you have water sports involved.

But whether it’s an outdoor or indoor party, grilled barbecue burgers are always a delight! Especially if you get a moist, juicy burger that’s topped with cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, and homemade barbecue sauce. I love my toppings!

hamburger patty mixture for barbecued burgers
hamburgers with parchment paper between them

Ground Beef Grill Recipe

The flavor of food that’s grilled over charcoal is superior to the gas grill flavor. But a gas grill is very quick and convenient, making it a popular choice.

And you can make these burgers on a gas grill or whatever method of cooking that you prefer. Whether you use a gas grill, a charcoal grill, or even your oven, these barbecue hamburgers will still taste great!

hamburgers on grill
barbecued burgers and hot dogs on the grill

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Homemade BBQ Sauce for Barbecued Burgers

These Amish burgers get some of the homemade barbecue sauce added to the meat mixture. So you will want to make the sauce first before mixing the burgers.

Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. (If you prefer a sweeter barbecue sauce, add 1/4 cup of white sugar to the recipe.)

You can use any kind of molasses that you like, but I prefer light-tasting molasses such as King Syrup or Golden Barrel unsulphered molasses.

Then remove it from the heat and allow it to cool before adding 1/2 cup of the sauce to the burger mix.

pan full of barbecued burgers

Best Meat for BBQ Hamburgers

You can use whatever kind of meat that you prefer to make these Amish hamburgers. If I have venison burger in the freezer, I often mix it with some beef burger to make hamburgers.

Venison is drier, but if you mix it with ground beef or ground chuck, it helps to balance the fat content.

Sometimes I mix turkey burger with ground beef to make hamburgers. (In my photos, the meat looks a bit pinker, since I added some turkey burger.) So you can use a combination of meats to make a great burger.

And if you’re trying to watch your cholesterol levels, you don’t want to consume too much fatty meat. So a lean cut is the better choice, although very lean meat will tend to create a drier burger.

Fatty meat produces a juicy burger. However, I hate grilling fatty ground beef burgers because it is hard to control the flame.

So my preferred choice of meat when grilling burgers is about 85 – 90% lean ground beef.

Summer Evenings with my Amish Family

I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania Amish country. And, of course, we were always busy. But I loved long summer evenings. And I especially loved Saturday evenings.

We always tried to get our work done early on Saturdays so that we could relax and have some family time. And frequently, we pulled out the grill and had an outdoor family supper. It was very special (especially when I was a little kid).

My dad didn’t care for steak, so we usually grilled chicken or hamburgers. We always had plenty of ground beef in the freezer since we butchered our own cows, and we had fresh melons from the garden.

Those were lovely evenings spent outdoors with the family after another long week of hard work. And I look back on those childhood days with fond memories.

Recipes for a Summer Barbecue

I have more great Amish recipes for you to try that will go well as sides with these barbecued hamburgers.

This homemade Amish Potato Salad recipe is a popular choice!

Homemade Amish baked beans are another fantastic side for your barbecue dinner.

And Macaroni Salad, Amish Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad, Seven Layer Salad, as well as these PA Dutch Deviled Eggs are all great choices for summer barbecue sides.

hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill

Amish-style Homemade BBQ Hamburgers Recipe

A moist and juicy hamburger recipe with homemade barbecue sauce. These burgers are great whether cooked on a gas grill, charcoal grill, or on your stovetop or oven.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine American, Amish
Servings 6 people
Calories 601 kcal


Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. light-tasting molasses
  • 2 tsp. prepared mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef (85 – 90% lean)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/3 c. quick oats
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt (or use 1 tsp. table salt and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 – 3/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, and toppings as desired


Barbecue Sauce:

  • In a saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients.
    1 c. ketchup, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. honey, 1/4 c. light-tasting molasses, 2 tsp. prepared mustard, 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke, 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • Stir and bring it to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and set it aside to cool. You will add 1/2 cup of the cooled sauce to the burger mixture. And the rest will be used to brush on the burgers while grilling, and cover the burgers when finished.


  • Combine egg, oats, and seasonings in a bowl. And add 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce.
    1 large egg, beaten, 1/3 c. quick oats, 1 tsp. garlic salt (or use 1 tsp. table salt and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder), 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 – 3/4 tsp. black pepper
  • Add the ground beef and mix only to combine.
    1 1/2 lb. ground beef (85 – 90% lean)
  • Divide the mixture and shape it into six hamburger patties. (Remember that the patties will shrink as they are cooking. So you'll want to make them a bit larger than what you want the finished product to be.)
  • Place a piece of parchment paper between each hamburger patty.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to grill them.
  • Grill (on a preheated grill) for several minutes on each side. Brush them frequently with the bbq sauce. And spread the remaining sauce over the top of the grilled burgers.
  • Serve immediately with hamburger buns and toppings. Or you can place them in a covered dish and set them in your oven (at the lowest temperature) for several minutes until ready to serve.
    6 hamburger buns, and toppings as desired


You can substitute the garlic salt or salt for your favorite seasoning. Sometimes I add garlic powder and seasoned salt instead. And feel free to add whatever spices you desire. (Just make sure to not add too much saltiness (about 1 tsp. of salt is enough).
If you like a sweeter barbecue sauce, add 1/4 c. sugar.
My favorite toppings are cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced dill pickles, onions, mustard, and bbq sauce. (Jalapenos and avocado slices are good as well.)


Serving: 1hamburger sandwichCalories: 601kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 29gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1099mgPotassium: 755mgFiber: 2gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 248IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Amish-style BBQ Hamburger Recipe, Barbecued Burgers, Homemade sauce for burgers
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