For the ultimate gourmet burger experience, serve these grilled wagyu burgers for dinner! The luxurious wagyu beef is rich and buttery, and served on brioche buns with melted cheese and simple, complimentary toppings.
One bite into a homemade wagyu burger and you’ll never settle for a regular hamburger again! These gourmet wagyu beef burgers are a step above the rest, with mouthwatering wagyu ground beef, simple spices, and classic burger toppings. Sear them on a hot grill and in minutes, you’ll have a burger that will make this grilling season the very best.
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What is wagyu?
Wagyu (pronounced wah-g-yoo) is a rich, fatty, and superior type of beef from Japan known for its special genetic qualities. These qualities give the beef an exceptional amount of fat marbling throughout the muscle rather than around the sides like a regular cut of American steak.
All of this fat gives the beef a melt-in-your-mouth flavor and a natural tenderness. In other words, it’s one of the best kinds of meat you could ever buy!
Why this recipe works
- The best ground beef. Making burgers with ground wagyu beef is the best way to uplevel an everyday hamburger or cheeseburger.
- Perfect for summer grilling. What’s more classic than throwing hamburgers on the grill for dinner? The smoky grill brings out the wagyu’s hidden flavors, making these burgers taste their best for the backyard barbecue or cookout.
- Crowd-pleasing. Wagyu beef has an incredibly rich, umami, and buttery flavor that’s guaranteed to ‘wow’ your dinner guests.
What I really love about this recipe is that, unlike regular hamburger meat, you don’t need elaborate seasonings to infuse the wagyu with flavor. Salt and pepper are more than enough to elevate the beef’s already mouthwatering flavors!
Do your best to source good quality wagyu beef because it’s the star and main source of flavor in this recipe. The rest of the classic burger ingredients complement every bite. Here’s what you need:
- Ground wagyu beef. You can buy ground wagyu beef from local butcher shops or online.
- Salt and pepper. All you need is salt and pepper to season the burgers because wagyu is already naturally flavorful.
- Brioche burger buns. For serving.
- Cheese. I recommend melting slices of cheddar, Swiss, or brie cheese on the burgers.
- Lettuce. A crisp and refreshing topping on the burgers. Use iceberg or romaine lettuce.
- Tomatoes. Sliced and topped on the burgers.
- Mushrooms. Grilled or sauteed. You can also cook the mushrooms in the air fryer for a more hands-off approach.
- Mayonnaise. To spread on the buns.
How to make wagyu burgers
While every bite of this meal tastes gourmet, the homemade hamburgers are very easy to put together and cook! Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1 – Form the burger patties
Divide and form the ground wagyu beef into four patties. Season both sides of each patty with salt and pepper. To finish, press your thumb into the middle of the patties to make a slight indentation.
Step 2 – Grill
Place the burger patties on a preheated grill and cook to your desired doneness. While you wait for them to finish, toast the buns on the grill until they’re lightly toasted.
Step 3 – Add cheese
Place a slice of cheese on each burger when they’re almost cooked to your liking.
Step 4 – Assemble
Spread the mayo on the burger buns, then add the lettuce leaves and tomato slices on the bottom halves. Place the wagyu cheeseburgers on the tomatoes, then add some grilled mushrooms on top. Add the top half of the burger bun on top, then serve and enjoy!
Tips to make the best recipe
- Pressing your thumb into the burger patties will prevent them from puffing up too much during grilling and help them cook more evenly. Try not to skip this part!
- Wagyu burgers are best when they’re grilled to medium rare or have an internal temperature of 130ºF to 135°F (55ºC to 57°C).
- Let the burgers rest off the heat when they’re done. After about 5 to 10 minutes, the juices will soak back into the meat, giving you more flavorful burgers.
- Serve the burger toppings in small, individual bowls and let guests customize their own burgers!
More burger toppings
You can’t beat the flavor of the meat in these wagyu burgers, which is why it’s important to not overload them with too many toppings. Still, if you want to customize the flavors, feel free to use any of these delicious burger toppings instead of the ones in the recipe card:
- Vegetables. Caramelized onions, avocado or sliced onions.
- Bacon. Turkey bacon or fried bacon.
- Sauces. Ketchup, big mac sauce, hot honey sauce, or spicy mayo.
- Condiments. Pickles, fig jam, or ranch dressing.
To store: Place the leftover cooked burgers in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
To freeze: Wrap the cooked and cooled burger patties in aluminum foil, then place them in a freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
To reheat: Microwave the burger patties for 30 to 40 seconds or reheat them in a skillet until warmed through (about 1 or 2 minutes).
Recommended tools to make this recipe
- Grill. Cooking wagyu burgers on an outdoor grill or grill pan is the best way to enhance their already mouthwatering flavors.
- Meat thermometer. To check the internal temperature of the meat.
- Tongs. To flip the burgers on the grill.
More impressive grilling recipes to try
- Tomahawk Steak
- Ground Chicken Burgers
- New York Strip Steak
- Grilled Swordfish
- Filet Mignon
- Ribeye Steak
- Bison burger
Frequently asked questions
The first place to look would be your local high-end butcher shop. Otherwise, you can buy wagyu beef online from many reputable butchers.
Wagyu burgers should only need to cook on the grill for about 4 to 5 minutes per side to reach a perfect medium rare. However, this cook time may vary depending on the size and thickness of your burger patties.
Sure! If you don’t have a grill, fry them on a grill pan or in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until they’re cooked to your desired doneness.
- Divide the ground wagyu into four patties and season both sides with salt and pepper. Make an indentation into the center of each patty to cook more evenly.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and grease the grates.
- Place the burger patties on the preheated grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
- While the burgers are cooking, toast the brioche buns on the grill.
- Once the burgers are almost done, add a slice of cheese on top of each one and let it grill for another minute.
- Remove the wagyu patties from the grill and assemble them into burgers. Spread mayonnaise onto one side, then layer with lettuce, tomatoes, and sauteed mushrooms.
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