Wagyu Burger

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Elevate your burger experience with these grilled Wagyu burgers! The patties are rich and buttery and cook in minutes.

Love homemade burgers? Try my ground chicken burgers, bison burgers, lamb burgers, and shrimp burgers next.

wagyu beef burgers.

One bite into my homemade Wagyu burgers and you’ll never settle for a regular hamburger again! In my recipe, I keep the spices simple to really let the meat shine, and it’s so flavorful it pretty much melts in your mouth!

What is Wagyu?

Wagyu (pronounced wah-g-yoo) is a rich, fatty, and superior type of beef from Japan known for the 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 tender texture. In other words, it’s one of the best kinds of meat you could ever buy! 

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make Wagyu burgers
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More impressive grilling recipes to try
  7. Wagyu Burger Recipe (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • The best ground beef. Making burgers with ground wagyu beef is the best way to uplevel an everyday hamburger or cheeseburger.
  • Ridiculously easy. Like any good burger, you shape them and grill them. There is nothing more to it!
  • Crowd-pleasing. Wagyu beef has an incredibly rich, umami, and buttery tenderness that always ‘wows’ my guests.
  • Less is more. 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!
wagyu burgers.

Ingredients needed

  • Ground wagyu beef. You can buy ground wagyu beef from local butcher shops or online. Because it’s quite an expensive cut, I try to source the best quality possible.
  • Kosher salt and black pepper. All you need is salt and pepper to season the burgers because Wagyu is already naturally flavorful.
  • To assemble. Brioche burger buns, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, and some sauce or spread (I like spicy mayo or Big Mac sauce). Other ideas include pickles, onions,

How to make Wagyu burgers

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1 – 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.

wagyu burger ingredients.

Step 2 – Grill. Place the burger patties on a preheated grill and cook for 3-5 minutes, or to your desired doneness. Add a slice of cheese on top at the end.

how to cook wagyu burgers.

Step 3 – Assemble. Spread the mayo on the burger buns then add your favorite fix-ins and enjoy.

how to make a wagyu burger.

No grill, no problem

Don’t fret if you don’t own a grill- these burgers work just as well in a cast iron skillet or hot grill pan. Simply place either of these pans over high heat and cook the burgers for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • 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!
  • Bring your meat to room temperature before cooking. It makes all the difference.
  • Wagyu burgers are best when they’re grilled to medium rare or have an internal temperature of 130F to 135F (55C to 57C). Of course, if you prefer them well done, aim for 165F.
  • 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.

Storage instructions

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).

wagyu cheeseburger.

More impressive grilling recipes to try

wagyu burgers recipe.

Wagyu Burger Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Elevate your burger experience with these grilled Wagyu burgers! The patties are rich and buttery and cook in minutes. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Video

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound ground wagyu
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 1 burger toppings of choice

Instructions 

  • 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 3-5 minutes per side or until desired doneness (130-155F for medium rare, or up to 165F for well done).
  • 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. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Notes

For my recipe, I used Big Mac sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sauteed mushrooms.
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).

Nutrition

Serving: 1burgerCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 27gFat: 13gSodium: 578mgPotassium: 418mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 4mgNET CARBS: 21g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published June 2023, updated and republished May 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    You are totally amazing. I want to make one of these burgers, one. but I do not know which one.
    When I do I will report back.
    You are amazing is all I know.