5 Tips for Perfect Burgers

Cooking How-To, How-To, Summer
on June 28, 2013
Mixed Up Burgers
Teresa Blackburn

Which cuts of beef make the best burger?  How do you produce a perfect, juicy patty every time? The height of grilling season is a good time to roll up your sleeves and find out.

  • Develop a one-on-one relationship with the butcher at your favorite market and ask him to toss in ground veal or steak trimmings with your ground meat.
  • If you want great flavor, don’t get all “diet-y” about your burger. A great hamburger needs a little fat to work up a good sizzle, so choose ground chuck or Angus over leaner cuts of ground beef.
  • Avoid pre-packaged, pre-formed patties at any and all costs.
  • Avoid also the temptation to form gigantic, “man-sized” burgers. Thin patties cook more quickly and stay juicier.
  • Observe the cardinal rule of burger-making—either grilling or pan-frying: Leave it alone. Less flipping, more sipping (beer, soda, whatever grillside beverage you have handy). Strict adherence to this rule will produce a superior burger every time. Why the sipping? Because it keeps your hands busy so you won’t over-flip that burger.