Take-out Tuesday, Umami Burgers

I am a sucker for recipes that promise to be “the best ever”

When I saw this recipe from a reputable food blogger deemed Best Burgers Ever, I couldn’t wait to try it


Perfect for Labor Day Grilling!

Did you have a wonderful holiday weekend or did Hermine rain out your plans?


Our Labor Day was not the chaos it usually is  relatively quiet with just my son and his boys… they stay busy fishing on the pier or out in one of the boats

HH & HHjr LOVE to grill, so weekend meal time is a breeze for me-


The ingredients for these burgers were a surprising combo, teriyaki sauce, basil, onion, and Parmesan cheese…really?


But hey, if they are going to be  The Best Ever, I decided to amp it up a little and not only mix in the ingredients before making the patties,  but also add a lot more on top

I’m sort of a “More is More” type person   πŸ˜‹

unami burger on sourdough roll

These burgers had a great taste, but nothing you could really pinpoint, that’s why I am calling them Umami  Burgers

You keep going back for one more bite, wondering,  “what is that flavor…”

Umami is considered to be the fifth taste after sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. It can unofficially be described as β€œa savory, pleasant taste”

grilled unami burger

We did not put cheese on the burgers, as the original recipe suggested, because I wanted to taste the flavor of the seasoned meat

You can certainly dress these burgers with your favorite condiments,  use anything you love on a regular hamburger, and you will still get the intriguing umami flavor

sourdough rolls

We served them on these artisan rolls but if you’re watching carbs, just add some grilled vegetables

unami burgers

Grilled meat or fish and roasted vegetables or a salad keeps these weekends laborless for me…I even bought the prepared vegetable kebabs

unami burgers with grilled vegetables thepaintedapron.com


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Cook out, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 lb ground chuck {80/20}
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 T minced onion
  • 2 T dried basil
  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki marinade
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Mix beef in a bowl with onion powder, half of basil, half of Parmesan and half of teriyaki marinade. Mix gently and season with salt and pepper. Form into 3 or 4 patties, don’t over mix meat or burgers will be tough.
  • Place patties in shallow pan and sprinkle generously the remaining Parmesan over tops, along with minced onion and remaining basil. Drizzle with remaining teriyaki. Cover and refrigerate until grilling or pan frying. Makes 3-4 burgers.
  • Serve on buns if desired
Keyword cookout, hamburger, teriyaki burger, umami
cheeseburger watercolor

You can read more about Umami here

You can see the original recipe from Plain Chicken here

You can learn how to paint this Double Bacon Cheeseburger here

for another printable version of Umami Burgers click here

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14 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Umami Burgers”
  1. Jenna, we had grilled burgers over the weekend, but you convinced me that I must try these. Saving this recipe…Happy Tuesday!

  2. I could sink my teeth in that burger Jenna and those skewers! LOVE the art rendering so much!

  3. Emily says:

    Hi Jenna, The burgers look delicious! We make them often here and do the grilled veggies for a side. You always play a role in what’s on the menu here!
    Will be in touch with you later this week.

  4. Jodi says:

    so were they the best ever?! We had burgers too – I like to add an envelope of lipton onion soup mix to my ground beef. πŸ™‚

  5. I had hoped to grill up some burgers over the weekend but they kept saying the storm could affect us… Turned out not so much. Gonna have to take care of that craving soon:@)

  6. Kim says:

    These sound delicious! Lucky you to have your guy grillers for a labor-less Labor Day. πŸ™‚

  7. Mary says:

    Jenna, We missed having a burger this weekend and now I’m craving one! There was the wonderful aroma of charcoal and wonderful grill smells all around us and wafting across the water πŸ™‚

  8. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    I can’t wait to try your awesome burger, it sure looks good! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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