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How to Cook a Burger: Tips & Tricks for Flavorful, Juicy Burgers Every Time

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Whether you're looking for tips to grill burgers or you want to know how to cook burgers on the stove, we've got the must-have tips and tricks you need to achieve perfect burgers with juicy, flavorful meat every time. If you want to discover the easiest ways to make the best burgers, check out our primer on How to Cook a Burger and we promise your gang will be wowed!

 

Easy does it: The most important burger tip we can give you: Don’t overwork the meat! Be extremely gentle when you handle and form into patties. If you press too hard, you’ll run the risk of tough burgers. If you’re adding mix-ins or seasoning, you can try using a fork to gently mix rather than your fingers, which tend to apply more pressure.

Turn up the heat: Allow your grill, stove, or oven to get nice and hot before you throw your burgers on. This will get a nice, crusty sear on the outside of the meat – which means it’ll be loaded with flavor!

Season, season, season: Don’t skimp on the salt and pepper. Meat especially needs salt to bring out its flavor. We recommend about ½ teaspoon of each, per pound of meat.



One of our favorite ways to prepare burgers is actually the simplest: Don’t mix anything into the meat! Instead, very gently form the meat into loose patties and generously season each side with salt and pepper. This always gives us the most mouthwatering burgers!

 

Mix it up: There’s more to the world of burgers than just ground beef! We love experimenting with pork or veal burgers. You can try using ground turkey for a leaner sandwich, or get adventurous with buffalo. Fish works, too – we just love salmon burgers.

Mix it in: Try adding bottled BBQ sauce, herbs, spices, your favorite shredded cheese, or minced garlic to your burgers to add serious flavor fast.

Stuff it! Try stuffing your meat with cheese. Take two small patties and slightly flatten them. Place a piece of cheese on top on one patty, then top with the other. Lightly press the edges of the patties together so that you end up with one, big cheese-stuffed patty.

Get international! Add some international flair to your burgers. We love our American-style burgers, but why not try a Mexican version, with salsa and jalapeno cheese? Or how about an Italian burger, topped with pepperoni, tomato sauce, and mozzarella? The possibilities are endless!

Don’t flip out: A burger only needs to be flipped one time as it cooks, whether you’re grilling or cooking on the stovetop. This ensures that the burger cooks evenly, and it also means you won’t lose as much juice and flavor.

Don’t push it: Resist the urge to use your spatula to push down on the patties as they’re cooking. This will only squeeze out all of their delicious juices – we want to keep those in the burgers!
 

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