Slow Cooker Hamburgers


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 50 mins
4 hamburgers


  • 1 sheet aluminum foil

  • 1 ⅓ pounds 85% lean ground beef

  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grill seasoning (such as Montreal Steak Seasoning®)

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 4 teaspoons browning sauce (such as Kitchen Bouquet®)

  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. Set a slow cooker to Low.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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 (per serving)

491 Calories
24g Fat
29g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 679mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 480mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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