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Common Burger Sizes (With Pictures / Charts)

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Burgers are extremely common today. And while the fast-food fad was all the rave a couple of years ago, more and more people are starting to make their own burgers at home.

But one of the first questions that they ask has to do with the size of the burgers. And it’s an extremely important question. Not knowing what size the patty should be (in weight), means that you may not make it big enough to fit your burger buns.

So today, we will explore everything related to common burger sizes you will likely come across and make. Specifically, we will talk about the weight of the patties, what their dimensions and thicknesses will be (according to the weight), and on what sized bun they need to go. 

This will ensure that you end up with the perfect ratio of meat to bun, and the perfect portion size for your needs.

How Big Are Burgers?

First off, we want to start by saying that there is no “right” or “wrong” size for a burger. Whatever you have and whatever you plan on making (when it comes to size) is perfectly fine. You can customize your elements to make a mega-stacked burger of 10 inches in diameter if you’d like!

There are, however, common sizes. The reason that they are common is that everything made for the burger (from ingredients to tools) is made in those common sizes.

Let’s take a 3-ounce burger for example. To make this traditionally classified “regular-sized” burger, you can easily find all the tools and ingredients needed to do so.

This includes:

  • Hamburger patty presses to shape the 3-ounce patties with.
  • Patty liners to separate the made patties for storage.
  • Burger buns that won’t swallow up the meat or look measly in comparison.
  • Cheese slices that offer a good bun-to-meat-to-cheese ratio.

If you were to make a 10-ounce burger, you would probably have to make every element by hand. That’s why it’s not considered to be a common burger size.

Burger Size Versus Patty Size – Is There a Difference?

This is a really important question to answer before looking at burger sizes. That’s because the size of the burger is not equivalent to the size of a single burger patty.

burger size vs patty size

There are actually only 5 “common” patty sizes: 2 ounces, 3 ounces, 4 ounces (quarter pound), 5 ounces, and 6 ounces.

Now, if people refer to a 6-ounce burger, it could mean that it has one 6-ounce burger patty. But it could also mean that it has two thinner 3-ounce patties. 

So, when we refer to burger sizes today, we will discuss the weight of a single patty, the weight of the total number of patties used for common burger sizes, and the actual dimensions (and thicknesses) of these patties.

All of this has a big impact on the final size of your assembled burger.

Common Burger Sizes Today

Let’s break it down into the exact size options that you have.

Common Burger Patty Weights And Dimensions
Burger SizeNo Of PattiesWeight Per PattyDiameter Of PattiesThickness Of Patty
2-Ounce Sliders12 ounces (57 grams)2 inches (5cm)1 inch (2.5 cm)
3-Ounce Traditional Thin13 ounces (85 grams)4-5 inches (10-13 cm)1/6-1/4 inch (0.4 – 0.6 cm)
4-Ounce Quarter Pound14 ounces (113 grams)4-5 inches (10-13 cm)3/8 inch (0.95 cm)
5-Ounce Third Pound15 ounces (142 grams)4-5 inches (10-13 cm)1/2 inch (2.5 cm)

22 1/2 ounces (71 grams)4-5 inches (10-13 cm)1/6-1/4 inch (0.4 – 0.6 cm)
6-Ounce Mega / Monster16 ounces (170 grams)2 inches (5cm)1 inch (2.5 cm)

23 ounces (85 grams)4-5 inches (10-13 cm)1/6-1/4 inch (0.4 – 0.6 cm)

2-Ounce Burgers (Large Sliders Or Mini Burgers)

These are arguably the smallest common burger size you can find. They are usually served as starters, appetizers, snacks, or on-the-go meals for kids.

burger sizes

A 2-ounce burger consists of a single 2-ounce (57 grams) burger patty. This patty is usually about 2 inches wide in diameter (5cm) and has a thickness of roughly 1 inch, but this varies.

You can also use 2 ounces of ground meat to make a wafer-thin patty for larger (or more regular-sized) 4-inch burgers. This isn’t that unusual. The Whopper Junior from Burger King uses a 2.2-ounce thin patty. And as you may know, by no means is this a bite-sized burger.

If you are making sliders, you get a standardized mini bun for it. Sliders don’t vary in size much, except for when the buns and patties are hand-made.

For larger buns, you will have to play around with the size or thickness of the patty to make it fit well. But there aren’t any other standard sizes for 2-ounce patties, other than what has been mentioned above.

3-Ounce Burgers (Traditional Burgers)

When you make a 3-ounce burger patty, it’s usually considered to be on the thinner size of things. But this weight is usually used for regular-sized buns.

3-ounce burger

These patties will be about 4-5 inches in diameter (10-13 cm). They will usually be anywhere between 1/6-1/4 of an inch in thickness. The exact measurements will be affected by the diameter and thickness you want the patty to be.

Now remember, the patties (uncooked) are always bigger than the burger buns. That’s because once they are cooked, they shrink. So, a 4-5 inch burger patty will fit comfortably on a 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 burger bun. Again, this is where burger size and patty size differ.

The wider the patty, the thinner it will be. The smaller the patty, the thicker it will be.

These patties need roughly 3-4 minutes (per side) to cook on a grill over high heat. 

What makes this burger size great is that they are perfect for kids or people with small appetites.

And when it comes to the patty itself, you can easily stack a couple to make a mega burger that’s more filling.

4-Ounce Burgers (Quarter Pound)

These burgers use the same dimensions as the 3-ounce burgers. Each patty will be roughly 4-5 inches in diameter and fit onto a 3 1/2 to 4 1/2-inch burger bun.

4-ounce burger

The difference is that 4-ounce patties are thicker and often considered to be a more traditional size.

A single 4-ounce patty is usually about 3/8-inch in thickness (0.95 cm). But again, this depends. It helps to have a patty press to give you consistent thicknesses.

These patties will take a little longer to cook if they are thicker. So, you can expect them to take roughly 4 – 5 minutes to cook per side.

5-Ounces (Third Pound)

Sounds a little funny, which is why most burger joints don’t make “Third Pound” burgers. It just doesn’t roll off the tongue.

So instead, they often call it a “Big Burger,” “Large,” “XL,” or “Mega.” We would say the exact phrasing depends on region, other toppings, and the number and thickness of the patties.

A 5-ounce burger patty can go on less-traditional burger bun sizes (bigger or smaller). However, we still prefer it on a traditional bun, around 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 inches.

For these buns, the patties will be roughly 4-5 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch in thickness.

They take about 5-6 minutes to cook on the grill using high heat.

Other Types of 5-Ounce Burgers

When burgers start reaching larger sizes like this, restaurants often make multiple small patties and create a stacked burger. This makes it look bigger, but they still only use 5 ounces of meat.

Usually, they would use two 2 1/2-ounce burger patties. It’s the easiest to make using tools to get accurate results every time. The diameter will still stay the same, but the thickness is obviously drastically reduced.

6-Ounces (Mega / Monster)

When you see a thick and juicy patty of a mega burger, this is probably the size they used. These burgers are meant for the hungry!

6-ounce burger

As with the 5-ounce burgers, you can get a couple of different forms. Many restaurants make a single 6-ounce monster patty, but others make two smaller 3-ounce patties.

At the end of the day, it’s the exact same amount of meat. But it affects the amount of time the patties will take to cook and the overall size of the burger. Two small patties stacked make a larger burger than a single patty of the same size.

So, if you have a single 6-ounce patty, you will likely put it on a 4 1/2-inch bun. This makes the diameter of the patty itself anywhere between 5 – 5 1/2 inches in diameter. The thickness of these patties will also vary but can be estimated to be around 5/8 of an inch.

Alternatively, you can make two 3-ounce patties that are about 1/6 – 1.4 of an inch in thickness.

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