Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 burger)

How to Make It

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Add patties to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove patties from pan. Add tomato slices to pan; cook 1 minute on each side. Spread about 3/4 teaspoon mustard over bottom half of each roll; top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 1 tomato slice, and top half of roll.

Ratings & Reviews

jmeleeS's Review

December 10, 2012
Good, solid burger recipe - can definitely taste the thyme in these, but they are quick and easy to make. Used an indoor cast iron grill pan for the burgers and had to increase cook time to ~10 / side. I would consider adding smoked paprika to the recipe next time to get that "grill" flavor if cooking again during colder months and can't use the outdoor grill. Otherwise, good "fall back" recipe for indoor burgers; enjoy!

Kelsey521's Review

November 02, 2011
Made these in the frying pan and they were still super yummy... Got a thumbs up from my picky eater teenager! (served them with the oven fries--recipe is also on this site)

kfrichtl's Review

March 25, 2011
very flavorful!

crusnock's Review

November 08, 2010
These were good, but not one of the best burgers that Cooking Light has turned out. I couldn't taste the garlic and my husband couldn't taste the thyme...

bellymama's Review

July 03, 2010
Interesting flavors, but needs more of everything (thyme, garlic, salt and pepper). I really enjoyed the tomato, but it needs a little salt, too.

carolfitz's Review

June 06, 2010
Very flavorful, especially if you love fresh thyme. Added some low-sodium beef broth to the meat to make the patties a bit juicier. Everything worked really well together -- a good burger.

mickinlinden's Review

June 03, 2010
When I grill burgers, I usually want just a straight-forward burger with nothing more in the meat than salt and pepper. But I tried this to appeal to a picky eater who I thought might say the grass-fed beef tasted strange. Not only did she gobble it up and not complain, but also I think I may have found an easy way to make a more distinctive burger that will still go with many toppings.

sarahjones's Review

May 24, 2010
Will make again for sure. All the flavors are great together and it spruces up the plain old burger. Will make again for bbq's for sure.

dallastx's Review

May 14, 2010
This was a flavorful burger that I would make again any night of the week. The garlic outdid the thyme flavor but I also substituted 1 tsp dried thyme for the fresh so that might have effected it. The grilled tomato adds a smoky sweetness that I would try for other burgers as well. Husband loved it. Served with oven fries, makes a great meal.