ALL AMERICAN GRILLING: BURGERS

This classic, tender, juicy, and well-flavored all-American burger is absolutely great for your summer cookouts and has the advantage of going with any toppings you prefer.

They are a favorite because they are one of the easiest meals to quickly make and are easily customizable according to your preferences. You seriously can’t get more American with burgers. However, most people manage to mess this up and end up with quite a lousy burger. 

Read the following tips to take your burgers to a whole new level.

Tips to Make the Best Hamburgers

  1. Grilling a burger is one of the easiest and most straightforward processes ever and by following these tips, be ready for one of the best burgers you’ll eat.
  2. Season your meat to complement the beefy flavor. Additives such as seasoned salt and onion powder add an excellent flavor.
  3. Choose good ground beef that preferably has an 85/15 or 80/20 meat to fat ratio.
  4. If you decide to add cheese, put a slice or two on the beef while it’s on the grill and wait for about a minute to let it melt. If you’re preparing burgers for many and you don’t know which toppings they prefer, place the other toppings on the table so that each person can assemble their masterpiece.
  5. For a juicy/moist burger, add Worcestershire sauce, milk, and water. All those, along with breadcrumbs, make sure the burger stays juicy by holding moisture as the meat cooks.
  6. Avoid too much kneading and shaping of the meat. This is because too much handling of the meat makes the burgers. Remember, you want a nice tender burger, not a tough, hard to chew one. That’s the reason why all the ingredients are combined before the beef is added to the recipe.
  7. Try not to overcook the meat much so as not to lose its juiciness/moistness and flip them sparingly when over the grill. Do not even try to press them flat with a spatula when cooking.
  8. When shaping the meat into patties, press your finger lightly into the center to make a divot. The reason you should do this is that it prevents the burger from puffing up when cooked so that you’ll have a nice flat surface to pile on the toppings of your choice.
  9. The temperature for cooking your burger should be 1650 F, or well done for food safety reasons. Don’t worry, your burger would still be delicious.
  10. Use steady buns such as wheat hamburger buns that won’t annoyingly disappear as you eat the hamburger. You can also use Ciabatta buns and the sturdy hoagie buns as an option.
  11. If you prefer, you can toast the sandwich buns on the grill just before serving.

RECIPE

Here’s a blueprint for a crowd-pleasing backyard barbecue burger recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • Soft White breadcrumbs (1/4 cup)
  • Worcestershire sauce (2 teaspoons)
  • Onion powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Pepper (1/8 teaspoon)
  • Milk (1 tablespoon)
  • Water (1 tablespoon)
  • Seasoned salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Ground beef (1 ¼ pound)
  • 4 split and toasted sandwich buns

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Prepare the grill by making sure it’s clean, ready to use, and check that the coals are covered with gray ash. Then, preheat it to medium-high (about 450°F).
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, water, and milk in a bowl until well blended and let it stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. To the mixture, add the seasoned salt, onion powder, and pepper and make sure they are well mixed.
  4. Add the ground beef to the mixture and mix with your hands until everything is wholly combined.
  5. Gently shape ground beef into 4 (4-inch-wide) patties.
  6. Coat the grill grate with cooking spray and put patties on the grate
  7. Grill for about 4 to 6 minutes on each side or to the desired degree of doneness or until they reach an internal temperature of 1650 F.

To Cook Using Indirect Method

  1. Arrange preheated coals around a drip pan in a covered grill.
  2. Test for medium heat above the pan and place the meat on the grill rack over the drip pan.
  3. Cover the grill until an instant-read thermometer inserted inside of your burger reads 165 degrees F or grill for 20 to 24 minutes making sure to turn halfway through the grilling time.

Optional step

Put a lettuce leaf on the bottom half of each bun. On the top, add each with about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce, 1 patty, 1 tomato slice, and 1 onion ring. Cover with top halves of buns.

Other traditional fixings you can use are; Mustard, Ketchup, Pickles, relish, American cheese, etc.

You can serve this with some great potato salad, a fruit salad, and an ice cream pie for dessert.

For other great burger recipes, check out this video: Top 10 best burger recipes