Burgers are the perfect summer dinner. Whether you’re grilling them or cooking them in the oven, they’ll be ready to eat in no time. The trick is knowing how long to cook your burgers! This question can be answered by calculating how much meat is on the grill and how long it takes for an average burger to achieve an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
1.5 pounds burgers
When cooking 1.5 pound burgers, it’s best to set the oven to 350 degrees F and cook for 20 minutes per pound of meat. This will result in a medium-rare burger with an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
- 5 lbs (680 g) of meat will make 4 servings. For example, if you have a 5 lb roast, it would be divided into 5 equal portions and each portion would be 1 pound (454 g). So this means that each person at the table is going to get about 1/2 pound (226 g) of meat on their plate!
If you’re cooking for two people and want them both to have enough food on their plates, use 2 pounds (907 g) of meat instead of just one pound. This will give each person around 1/4 lb (.113 kg) per serving–which should be plenty!
20 minutes per lb of meat at 350 degrees F
The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your burger, how you like it cooked and how hot your oven is.
If you have a meat thermometer, use it to check the internal temperature of your burgers after 20 minutes in the oven. If they’re done, remove them from the heat immediately; if not, continue baking until they reach 160 degrees F or so (be sure not to overcook!).
145 degrees F internal temperature for medium-rare
The USDA recommends cooking a burger to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. This is because undercooked or raw meat can potentially carry harmful bacteria that may cause foodborne illness.
However, if you prefer your burgers rarer than medium-rare, it’s important to note that the lower temperatures will not kill all bacteria present in raw meat (nor do they guarantee it). In fact, cooking your burger past 145 degrees F increases the risk of contracting E. coli–the same bacteria responsible for the 2011 outbreak linked to contaminated spinach and lettuce–as well as salmonella and campylobacteriosis.*
If you’re looking for a perfectly cooked medium-rare patty with no worries about food safety risks, follow these tips:
Cook burgers in oven at 350 for 20 minutes per pound of meat.
- Cook burgers in oven at 350 for 20 minutes per pound of meat.
- 1.5 lb burgers will take 20 minutes per pound, so you’ll want to cook them for a total of 30 minutes. That’s a lot of time! If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time on your hands, this is probably not the best option for you unless it’s Sunday afternoon and all your friends are hanging out with you at home watching football games on TV while eating delicious burgers cooked by yours truly (that would be me).
- 4 servings: 1 lb ground beef has 4 servings; therefore, each person should consume only one-fourth pound (or less).
The best way to cook a burger in the oven at 350 degrees F is to use 1.5 pounds of meat and cook it for 20 minutes per pound at 145 degrees F internal temperature.