This is not normal. Telling people this is normal is dangerous and may lead to a fire.
I understand the temperature cycling process. The burner can only be on or off. The temperature control turns the burner on or off more or less frequently to keep it at the desired temperature. However, this mechanism can fail and the burner will turn on and not cycle off like it is supposed to. I have seen two stoves, built since 2000, where the burner control fails closed, not open.
The problem: The control is set to a low or medium heat, the burner goes red hot, stays red hot and does not turn off until the control knob is turned off or moved.
Solution: The burner temperature control knob on the stove is defective and needs to be replaced. On certain models an entire control board may need to be replaced.