How to Make the Best Beef Burger Ever?

Some burgers are simply better than others. It all comes down to technique — how you shape it and how you grill it. Here are some pointers for making the greatest burgers in your own garden.

Begin with the Best Beef

The greatest burgers are cooked using freshly ground, premium beef chuck in an 80/20 ratio (meat to fat). Season the steak with salt and pepper and spread it out flat. Add any secret ingredients, like Worcestershire sauce or diced bacon, immediately. Gently toss everything together. You don't want to overmix the ingredients.

When you grind your own beef, you not only have complete control over everything from the meat blend to the grind size to the fat level, but you also get to tell people that you grind your own beef. You've got instant street cred.

Preparing the Patties

Form a ball out of 5 to 6 ounces of beef by softly tossing it from hand to hand. Then form it into a disk, the patties should be around 3/4 to 1 inch thick and at least as broad as your bread.

And do not salt the meat until it has been shaped into patties. Salt dissolves muscle proteins, causing them to cross-link and transform your burgers from moist and soft to sausage-like and springy. The result is spectacular.

The optimum moment to season your burgers is right before they go on the grill or griddle. The instant salt comes into touch with meat, it begins to damage it, dissolving proteins and pulling away moisture, negatively damaging the surface texture of your patties. That is not a good thing.

To assist the burger holds its form while cooking, make a dimple in the center with your thumb. These patties may be made ahead of time and refrigerated.

Start grilling!

Preheat the grill to medium-high over direct heat. Use a neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or vegetable, to coat the grate. When the oil starts to smoke, it's time to add the burgers. Make sure your burgers are at room temperature before seasoning them with salt and pepper again. Place the burgers on the grill and let them cook. The less you touch the burger, the better it will be. Resist the impulse to push down for a juicier burger. Close the grill lid. Cook for about 5 minutes per side for medium burgers. Go a bit longer for well-done.

When the burger comes out of the grate without sticking, it's time to flip. Move the patties to the cooler side of the grill, top with cheese, and cover the grill for a minute to allow the cheese to melt. Serve the burgers on buns with additional toppings.

Final Words

Here we want to end our article about how to make the best beef burger and we hope that you have learned something new. If you want to know about more fun recipes, stay tuned.