Texas-Style Brisket Burgers: How to Make the Ultimate Flavorful Patty

Are you tired of bland, pre-made burger patties from the grocery store? It’s time to take your burgers to the next level with Texas-style Brisket Burgers. These burgers are all about flavor and craftsmanship, combining the perfect seasoning and the right grind of meat. Say goodbye to mediocrity and hello to a burger that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Selecting Your Meat

The key to a great burger lies in finding the perfect ratio of meat to fat. Lean meat can result in dry, hockey puck-like patties, while too much fat can overpower the flavor. The ideal ratio is 15-20% fat to lean meat. One of the best choices for burger meat is beef chuck, which falls within this range. For an even richer and beefier taste, you can grind your own brisket trimmings.

When selecting brisket trimmings, opt for the whole, packer brisket. Trim off any squishy fat and silver skin, but save the cold, hard fat and meat. If you’re not using them right away, separate the meat scraps and fat scraps and store them in the freezer. You can also repurpose the fat trimmings for making meatballs, sausages, or adding fat to leaner meats.

Brisket Scraps


  • 2 1/2 lbs. Beef Brisket Scraps (2 lbs. meat, 1/2 lb. fat)
  • 2 1/2 T Rodeo Rub – Texas-Style Brisket Rub
  • Coleslaw
  • Onion Rings
  • Sliced Dill Pickles
  • 6-12 slices Texas Toast or Bun


  1. Portion the brisket scraps into 1 to 2-inch pieces and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Partially freeze the meat for 1 hour to ensure it’s nice and cold. It’s also a good idea to freeze your grinder parts and bowl for optimal results.
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Grinding Brisket Scraps

  1. Grind the brisket scraps through a ¼-inch plate. A ⅜ to ¼-inch plate will give you a nice, coarse grind, which adds great flavor. One pass through the grinder is sufficient, but you can do another pass if desired.

  2. Once the meat is ground, season it with 2 1/2 T of Rodeo Rub. Mix the seasoning into the meat gently, taking care not to overmix, as this can result in dense burgers.

Seasoned Brisket Meat

  1. Portion the meat mixture into 6 to 8 equal-sized balls. Smaller balls are ideal for thinner, stackable patties, while larger portions create one single beefy patty.

Forming Brisket Patties

  1. Use your hands or a patty press to form the meat balls into patties. Set the patties aside.

Formed Brisket Patties

  1. Preheat a cast iron skillet or grill over medium-low heat and lightly brush it with olive or canola oil.

  2. Place the patties in the skillet and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Once cooked, remove the patties from the skillet and let them rest for 5 minutes before assembling the burgers.

Cooked Brisket Patties

  1. Assembly time! Start with Texas toast, followed by a dill pickle, brisket burger(s), coleslaw, onion rings, and finally, another slice of Texas toast. This burger is all about customization, so you can keep it minimal or go big and bold, Texas-style.


Q: Can I use a food processor instead of a meat grinder?
A: Yes, if you don’t have a meat grinder, a food processor can achieve similar results. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your food processor.

Q: Can I freeze the leftover patties?
A: Absolutely! Freeze the patties with parchment paper between them to prevent sticking. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw them in the refrigerator before cooking.

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Q: Can I use different seasonings for the brisket burgers?
A: While the Rodeo Rub provides an authentic Texas-style flavor, feel free to experiment with other seasonings to suit your taste preferences.


By following these steps, you can elevate your burger game to Texas levels of greatness. The combination of freshly ground brisket, the perfect seasoning, and Texas-sized toppings will create a burger experience like no other. Don’t settle for mediocre burgers any longer – embrace the flavors of the Lone Star State with these Texas-style Brisket Burgers. For more mouthwatering recipes and tips, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.