Imagine a hamburger, fresh off the grill, dripping with juicy droplets and exploding with flavor. Getting the perfect hamburger can set off your taste buds like nothing else on earth. The problem is, few people know how to get the juiciness just right. The juice may not be healthy, but it is the centerpiece of a perfect hamburger.
Here are five tips to make sure your hamburger is at it’s juicy best when it comes off the grill this summer:
Pick a winner to start with
If you want a really juicy burger, you need to pick a fattier ground chuck. If you buy a lean burger you can still make it taste good, but it is not going to be juicy delicious like a fattier burger. The best burgers will contain at least 15% fat. If you are worried about weight or staying healthy, enjoy a single burger. You can also apply this to turkey burgers and other types of meat. Moderation is always the key.
Work the meat quickly
Never spend a ton of time pushing and prodding your ingredients and patties. Form the patties and then move on to the next step. The last thing you want to do is overwork the meat before you cook it. The juicy goodness will escape rather quickly! This is probably the most common mistake people make when it comes to making a juicy hamburger. Get those hamburgers mixed and into patties and move on! No need to roll them over and over.
Put a divot in the center
Cooking your burger evenly will produce a wonderful bit of juice throughout the burger. When you make your patties, put a small little divot in the center of the burger. This allows the burger to keep its shape when it is cooking. You also want to use a clean, even heat. Make sure your grill is clean and your coals are ashy before cooking.
Never sizzle-push your burger
It might be fun to hear the sizzling sounds of a burger cooking on a hot grill but pushing down releases all the good stuff. When you push your burger with your spatula, you are basically sizzling away the juices that make it taste so good. No pushing! While you are at it, remember not to flip the burgers more than once. One time does the trick nicely!
Plate them and leave them
Once you take your burgers off the grill, you need to plate them and leave them alone for a good five to ten minutes. This allows the burger to reach its peak flavor. The juicier hamburgers take a few minutes to get that way after cooking.
Following these tips will net you a hamburger that is juicy and delicious each and every time. What other tips do you know of for a juicy hamburger?
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