Beef Burger Recipe
Burgers are a backyard favorite; more burgers are cooked in North America than any other food. Most meat departments sell store-made burgers plus a variety of frozen boxed burgers.
There are some decent pre-made burgers out there but nothing beats making your own using freshly made ground beef from the chuck portion of the cow.
Break up and spread out the ground beef, sprinkle salt and pepper or any of your favorite seasonings over the meat. Graded cheese or onions may be added to the raw meat instead of topping on at the end.
Toss the ground beef lightly in your hands to distribute the seasoning. With cupped hands toss a portion of the meat back and forth to shape into a loose ball, about 4-6 ounces (115-170 grams). Do not overwork the burgers this will toughen them.
Push down lightly to flatten the meat into ¾” thick burgers that measures 4 to 4.5 inches across.
Press the center of the burger down with your fingertips until it is about a ½” thick creating a divot a little bigger than a quarter, this will prevent the burger from puffing up like a tennis ball while cooking. Repeat for each burger.
1: Preheat grill to high with lid down for about 10-15 minutes. Scrape the grill clean with a grill brush and adjust the burners to medium-high.
To keep the hamburgers from sticking dip some paper towel in vegetable oil, grab paper towels with tongs and wipe the grate thoroughly.
If using charcoal allow to burn until all the charcoal is covered with a layer of grey ash. Set the rack in place, close the lid and let the rack heat up about 5 minutes. Scrape grill clean with a grill brush and proceed when the coals are medium-hot.
2: Grill the burgers divot side up with the lid down if using a gas grill and with the lid up if using charcoal. Cook 2½ minutes per side for rare, 3 minutes for medium-rare, 4 minutes for medium, 5 minutes for medium-well and 6 minutes for well-done turning just once. Serve immediately.
The more you cook beef burgers the drier it will turn out.
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Beef Burger Recipe
Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. When skillet is hot (drops of water will evaporate) add the burgers divot side up, cover with lid.
Cook turning once 2½ minutes per side for rare, 3 minutes for medium-rare, 4 minutes for medium, 5 minutes for medium-well and 6 minutes for well-done turning just once. Serve immediately.
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