With the huge popularity of the “dirty burger” over the last year or two it’s fair to say that more and more people are beginning to have an opinion on what constitutes a good burger. What was once the occasional treat has now become a staple for a lot of people, so in order to save you some money from eating out and to impress your BBQ guests, we have taken a look into exactly what makes a perfect burger!
It’s All About The Meat
It doesn’t matter how good of a cook you are, if the meat isn’t good then the burger isn’t going to be good. If you are after a juicy burger then opt for ground chuck with at least 18% fat, but if you prefer a drier burger then go for leaner meat. A great tip is to ask your butcher to freshly grind the meat for you to keep it tender and flavorful, as the longer it has been ground for the less flavoursome it is likely to be.
Don’t Go Too Hard On It
People have a tendency to do too much to their meat; excessive handling can result in a tougher burger. Instead why not try gently pulling the meat apart into small chunks and adding seasoning, then spread apart to form a burger. Be sure to wet your hands when forming the patties as this helps the meat to come together and prevents over-handling.
Add A Cute Dimple
By forming your patties and then making them slightly thinner in the centre you are ensuring you have an even burger. A lot of people don’t take into consideration that a burger shrinks and pulls in whilst cooking, so by adding a dimple you are ensuring an even patty-shape is created at the end of cooking.
Keep The Burgers Cold
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether a burger should be cold or the meat should be at room temperature before cooking. We advise that by keeping the patties cold you are helping them stay together and hold their juices. So keep your burgers in the fridge at a BBQ and allow other meats to reach room temperature instead.
Make Sure Your Grill Is Clean
If you want your burgers to stay together and be the best they possible can be then it is important to clean the grate thoroughly before cooking! It may seem like a chore but you don’t want bits of burnt debris to stick to your burgers.
Less Is More When Flipping
The temptation may be to turn your burgers several times whilst cooking but try to abstain as this will dry out and toughen the meat. Instead cook it for anywhere between 2 to 5 minutes on either side depending on how rare you like your meat.
Let It Rest
Once the burger is cooked you should then let it rest like you would any other meat. This lets the juices on the outside sink into the meat and give it more flavour.