Grilling a burger is fairly easy, but there are certain tips and tricks that everyone should follow in order to achieve this perfectly-grilled classic. In order to achieve this faster, it is important to learn the most common mistakes that grillers make when cooking a hamburger on the grill.
Avoid these common mistakes the next time you grill burgers and you will surely get a taste of your best one yet:
1. Over-seasoning the meat
While you are free to season and customize your ground meat with whatever spices you prefer, it is important to keep in mind that you’re cooking a burger and not a meatloaf. Classic burgers can taste great with salt and pepper alone – so skip the taco seasoning, the bread crumbs, sautéed onions and other unnecessary additions. Don’t use too much or too little of salt and pepper, though, and don’t forget to season the other side before flipping the patty.
2. Using too much condiments
The same goes when accessorizing your burger once it’s cooked. Using just 2 condiments and 3 toppings is ideal. For example, ketchup and melted cheese plus a slice of onion, a slice of tomato and a lettuce leaf should be enough. While the condiments, the toppings and the bun are important as well, the main part of the dish is the meat so it shouldn’t be overwhelmed.
3. Using the wrong type of meat
Contrary to popular belief, the most expensive meats does not necessarily make the best burgers. According to experts, using meat with a 15 to 20 fat percentage will make the juiciest patties. It is ideal to go for meats like ground chuck which has the right amount of fat and to steer clear of sirloin as it easily dries out when cooked on the grill.
4. Constantly checking the patties while cooking
One of the most common mistakes that grillers make when cooking a burger is constantly poking, flipping and prodding the patties while they’re on the grill. You can flip burgers more as compared to grilling a steak, but don’t overdo it. If you want your meat to cook evenly, flip it about 3 times only. The ideal cooking time for a burger is 6 minutes per side.
5. Not using the right type of buns
As mentioned, the bun is also important but it should only support your burger and not overwhelm it. Use the right size depending on the size of your patties. And go for the soft, simple and sesame-topped buns and save the thick, whole-grain variety and other fancy buns for some other snack.
Keeping these common mistakes in mind and how to avoid them will be the easiest way for a juicy and flavorful grilled burger!
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