Guide To Better Burgers
It’s all about the details when it comes to making the absolute perfect homemade burger. These small (but crucial!) tips transform a dry, flavorless burger into a thing of culinary beauty.
Use Quality Beef
A burger can only be as good as the quality of the beef you start with. Certified Piedmontese offers ground beef and grill-ready burger patties that remain tender and juicy for gourmet steak burgers every time.
Keep It Cold
Unlike steaks and roasts, which can be rested at room temperature before cooking, burgers should stay cold. Keeping the meat cold ahead of cooking ensures the little bits of fat mixed into the beef will melt into the patty as it cooks, making for a tender and juicy burger.
If you’re mixing in seasonings or aromatics, be careful not to overwork the meat. Use a chilled bowl and cold spoon to work in add-ins, and form patties quickly (so the burgers aren’t affected by the heat from your hands). Cover and refrigerate formed patties until ready to grill.
Make A Dent
As you form each patty, use your thumb to press a dimple into the middle of each patty about two inches in diameter. This helps your burgers cook more evenly and will help them keep their shape.
Get A Good Sear
The keys to getting a good sear on a burger are heat and oil. Preheat one side of your grill to high heat and the other to moderate heat. Use long-handled tongs to rub a paper towel doused in oil across a clean grate. Then season each burger and transfer it to the grate.
Leave It Alone
One of the most common mistakes people make when grilling burgers is that they flip, smash, and move them around the grill too much. The best way to get a perfectly cooked, juicy burger is to simply let it sear and flip it once.
Melt The Cheese
If you’re adding cheese, add it about a minute before burgers are cooked to your liking, and close the lid so it melts just right.
Let It Rest
Letting meat rest at room temperature for a few minutes before serving lets its juices redistribute, and burgers are no exception. Cover or tent them with foil and give them a couple minutes before serving.