For something so simple and easy to make, a good hamburger can be difficult to find. Thankfully, the trick to grilling a delicious and perfectly cooked hamburger isn't a mystery. Keep these tips in mind, and your backyard BBQ will yield tastier results.
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Most of the entries on Kitchen Daily's punch-list of perfect burger tips are ones that many of you already know, like put the burger on and leave it alone, and don't press or poke the burger with a knife or spatula. Others are worth keeping in mind, even if you don't think they'd normally apply to a hamburger, like giving the meat a chance to rest. Resting meat is something most people commonly associate with roasts and steaks, but it definitely applies to hamburgers as well.
Similarly, the list suggests you remember to properly season the meat with generous amounts of salt and pepper, and using your thumb to dimple the centre before cooking to make sure it stays flat while on the grill. They also suggest – somewhat controversially – to chill the meat before you grill it, and then chill it again after you've formed your patties, so you go to the grill with cold meat. The goal here is to keep the temperature down so none of the fat melts away before the burgers hit the grill.
The number one tip, and one that's probably most important, is to use good meat. As with most things, garbage in equals garbage out, and if you want perfect, delicious hamburgers, you should make sure you buy decent meat in the first place.
Everyone's recipe for a great hamburger is a little different, and more than a few arguments have arisen over how to grill the perfect burger. What are some of your grill-master's tips? Share your suggestions in the comments.
16 Tips for the Perfect Burger [Kitchen Daily]