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When summer temperatures climb to 100 degrees, or higher, avoid heating yourself or your kitchen, and use the slow cooker instead! Create a "rack" out of hand-formed rolls of aluminum foil for the bottom of the cooker, so the burgers won't sit in their own juices. Add a little smoke flavor and some browning sauce, and you'll have a good-looking, tasty burger that is full of smoky flavor. Optional toppings for the hamburgers include cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, sliced tomato, sliced onion, and lettuce.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
4 hrs 30 mins
4 hrs 50 mins
4 hamburgers


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Set a slow cooker to Low.

  • Create a rack for the bottom of the cooker by rolling aluminum foil into 1-inch rolls. For a 5-quart, oblong cooker, make 4 rolls, using the length of the cooker as a guide. Fold in any long ends and squeeze back on the rolls. Evenly space the rolls along the bottom of the cooker.

  • Combine ground beef, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, steak seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add bread crumbs and egg. Mix all ingredients using your hands until they are evenly distributed.

  • Form meat mixture into 4 patties, about 1/2 inch thick. Brush each side of the patties with 1/2 teaspoon of browning sauce, and place on the aluminum "rack", being careful not to overlap.

  • Cook on Low for about 4 1/2 hours until burgers are no longer pink in the center. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

  • Place each cooked patty on a hamburger bun.

Cook's Notes:

A 4-quart slow cooker may require thicker burgers and a slightly longer cooking time; a 6-quart slow cooker may accommodate more than 4 patties. A 4-quart cooker will still need 4 foil rolls, and a 6-quart cooker may need 5 foil rows.

Nutrition Facts

491 calories; protein 36.4g; carbohydrates 29.1g; fat 24.3g; cholesterol 151.8mg; sodium 678.9mg. Full Nutrition