Summertime is grilling season. The warm weather just seems to bring out the charcoal, the grills and the tantalizing aroma of food cooking to perfection on an open flame. But grilling is an art style and creating the perfect burger can be the Holy Grail for anyone who considers themselves a master griller.
There are a few tips and tricks that can be used when trying to produce the best possible burger. First of all you want to start with a prime cut of meat. Hamburger is not all created equal. The freshest meat that you can find is the best and you will want to lean towards ground Angus steak vs. ground chuck. The reasoning behind this is twofold. Not only will you have less fat and burger shrinkage but also that ground Angus steak has a much better flavor than ground chuck.
You also need to pay strict attention to the seasonings that you put into your burgers. The combination of spices is imperative to the flavoring of your burger. Many people go way beyond the typical salt, pepper and onion mix. Ranch dressing mixes have become increasingly popular in seasoning your burger. Some people choose steak seasonings to further bring out the Angus flavor. Some even choose blackening spices to give your burger that extra bite to make things a bit interesting. This is a personal preference in flavor and the perfect mixture can be obtained only by trial and error.
When forming your burgers you will want to add something to the mix to help your burgers hold together. Egg is a great binder for burgers. This will prevent your burgers from splitting while turning on the grill. Breadcrumbs are also effective and seasoned bread crumbs can also add just an extra hint of flavor to your perfect burger.
You also are going to want to experiment beyond the flattened balls to make a great burger. There are many inexpensive devices that can create wonderful burgers. These patty formers have rings that are pressed into the burgers themselves in order to retain the juices and therefore the flavor of the burgers. By choosing to use one of these, you will ensure that you will have the juiciest burgers in town.
Next comes the grilling. Grilling is considered an art form too many, but the key to perfecting a burger, and almost everything else on the grill for that matter is to cook it slowly and turn often. By applying a low even heat to your burgers, you will not scorch the outsides while the insides stay raw. The entire burger will cook evenly and thoroughly. One other aspect to mention is not to over cook the burgers themselves. Burgers taste best at medium well. This allows for the meet to be cooked completely but still retain the juiciness that you desire.
The quest for a perfect burger may take a lot of trial and error. But by taking care to use the tips and tricks that you are given will help you to get the very best burger sooner than you ever thought possible.