Would you like to transform your burgers from good-enough to spectacular? We guarantee that if you employ any one of these tips, it’ll surely improve your burger performance, so feel free to employ as many as you like.
- Choose the Right Meat:
To get juicy burgers, buy ground chuck with 18% fat content. Using Lean and extra- lean meats makes tough and dry burgers.
Secret Tip: The more freshly ground the meat is, the more tender and flavorful the burger.
- Avoid overworking the meat:
When mixing the meat in a large bowl, pull the meat apart into small chunks after adding salt and other seasonings and toss gently with fingers spread apart until loosely mixed.
Secret Tip: The more you handle the meat, the tougher the burger will be.
- Wet Hands form the perfect burger patties:
Keeping your hands damp at the start prevents it from getting sticky.
Wetness prevents over-handling and helps the meat to come together faster.
- Burger Patties with a Dimple in the Center cook faster:
Forming meat patties ¾ inch thick at the edges and ½ inch thick in the center helps the burgers cook faster and as the burgers shrink and pull in when they cook, this dimple will even out resulting in an even patty shaped burger.
- Keep Burgers cold till they hit the pan:
It is found that unlike any other meat products that will cook better if brought to room temperature before hitting the pan, you have to make sure these patties stay cold so that they would stay as juicy as possible. Another idea would be to keep the patties on a tray covered in the fridge while heating up the grill. This helps to preserve more of the flavor carrying fat stay in the meat.
- Start cooking with a clean grate:
Most of us love our burgers to sizzle immediately, firm up quickly and release from the grill fast for which it is very important to clean all debris which encourages sticking and also, make sure that the surface is properly oiled and the temperature is also apt.
- Always Use a Hot Grill:
If using a gas grill, be sure to keep the lid down while cooking while with a charcoal grill leave the lid off as you want ash covered coals to produce even heat.
Secret Tip: Monitor the heat of the grill by maintaining the steady high heat and holding your hand 1 to 2 inches above grill level for 2 to 3 seconds.
- Flip Once:
Constantly turning them toughens and dries out the meat and flipping it too often makes the burgers stick.
Secret Tip: Cook 2 minutes per side for rare, 3 for medium rare , 4 for medium and 5 for well done.
- Avoid pressing burgers while cooking:
One of the most common mistakes, where a cook takes a spatula and press down each burger draining the juice onto the flame taking out all the moisture and flavor with it. Avoid this madness! Let the burgers hold onto their juiciness and cook in peace.
- Rest the Burgers:
This process allows the burgers to finish cooking and collect their juices on the surface during frying, redistributing it throughout the patty for maximum juiciness. 10 minutes will do the trick.