Tips to Prepare the Perfect Burger

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Tips to Prepare the Perfect Burger

• Make sure your meat is well chilled and don't overwork the meat with your hands. The warmth of your hands can start melting the fat resulting in a less juicy burger.

• If you're adding other flavoring ingredients to the meat, make sure they're chilled as well. I.E. sautéed onions, cooked bacon, etc.

• Always season your meat before forming into patties.

• Make a depression in the center of each patty with your thumb. This will help the burger retain a flat shape during cooking.

• Oil the grates and preheat your grill completely. Medium-high heat is best.

• Don't try to turn burgers over too quickly. Allow the juices to bead on the top of the burger first as this indicates that they are cooked through the center.

• Never press or flatten your burgers during cooking. This squeezes out all of the juices, increases the possibility of flare-ups and results in a dry burger.

• Toast your buns lightly and have your toppings ready to serve.

• Cooking times will vary depending on the size and thickness of your burgers and the heat intensity of your grill. As a general rule of thumb, a 1/4-lb burger, cooked over medium-high heat will take 6 to 7 minutes to cook to medium doneness.

• Always allow the burgers to rest for 5 minutes before serving. This helps to hold in the juices.

• The first step to making great tasting burgers is to be sure that your meat is freshly ground.

• When choosing your meat, consider the fat to meat ratio. Leaner is not always better. Ground beef with at least 15% fat content works best and ground round and ground chuck are both good choices.

• If you prefer lean ground beef add 1 tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil per pound of meat.