How Long To Cook Burgers (And Why)?

How Long To Cook Burgers (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 15 To 20 Minutes

Burger, or also known as hamburgers in many countries, is a snack in the form of a sandwich. Burgers include many ingredients, mainly bread, or also called buns. Other used ingredients are cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, bacon, chilies, sauces, mayonnaise and a lot more can be added according to taste preferences.

In today’s time, hamburgers have gained a lot of popularity and are enjoyed widely as a fast-food snack in countries like the United States, turkey, Italy, India, Germany, and many more countries.

With so much popularity, there are hundreds of food chains that are popular for serving burgers all over the world. Some of the major food chains are McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Burgerville, and much more.

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How Long To Cook Burgers?

Burgers are a quick yet extremely delicious fast food snack to make. The whole process of cooking a burger takes about 15 to 20 minutes. 

However, the time it takes also depends on the type of burger you want to make. There are a couple of types of burgers that depend upon how cooked you want your burger to be. As there are people who enjoy it more being on the side of raw and fresh, that means, not much cooking is done while making such burgers. Whereas, some enjoy their burger to be cooked and juicy, which accordingly takes more time.

Depending on this, the major types of burgers are a well-done burger, medium well-done burger, medium burger, medium-rare burger, and rare burger. As the type of burger changes, the time it takes to cook also changes.

Well done burgers are fully cooked, steamed, and smoked burgers. These burgers are extremely delicious. They take around 14 to 17 minutes to get cooked.

Medium well-done burgers are less cooked. burgers as compared to well-done burgers. They take nearly 12 to 15 minutes to get cooked.

Medium burgers are not completely cooked, yet not completely raw burgers. They need 10 to 12 minutes to be cooked completely.

Medium rare burgers are the ones that are comparatively less cooked and take around 8 to 10 minutes.

Lastly, a rare burger is the least cooked burger and thus takes the least time to get cooked, that is, 6 to 8 minutes only.

Type Of BurgerTime
Well-done burger14 to 17 minutes
Medium well-done burger12 to 15 minutes
Medium burger10 to 12 minutes
Medium-rare burger8 to 10 minutes
Rare burger6 to 8 minutes

Why Does It Take That Long To Cook A Burger? 

The time it takes to cook a burger can be determined because of many factors. The first factor is the way of cooking burgers. The most common way of cooking a burger is by grilling it. However, steaming can also be done to cook. Although steamed burgers have more of a smokey taste, they take longer as compared to grilling burgers, thus increasing the time of cooking burgers.

Moreover, it also depends on the meat used in the burgers. There are vegan burgers also which do not include any meat in them, and they are the fastest to cook. However, having meat or bacon in burgers can increase the time. 

Moreover, it also depends on the type of meat used. It also depends on the thickness and freshness of the meat. If the meat is less thick, and fresh then the cooking time reduces by 2 to 4 minutes.

Another key factor that determines the time it takes to cook burgers is the thickness of the burger. It is quite obvious that as the thickness of the burger increases, it will take more time for it to get cooked.


Burgers are a featured food in almost every fast food restaurant in today’s time. With so many variations and varieties of ingredients used in the making of burgers, everyone enjoys eating it the way they like it.

Be it eating as a snack or a party meal or while enjoying cooking this food outside on the barbecue, burgers can be enjoyed in any way possible. However, if you are planning to make a burger then make sure that you have at least 15 to 20 minutes in your hand to make a delicious one.


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