No other food tops the list of items people love to grill as much as burgers. The major hiccup: most burgers end up dry, under-cooked or devoid of flavors. The reasons behind this are: the kind of meat and the type of grill used as well as the amount of time for which the patties are grilled. Today, we have a number of tips for you that will help you grill the perfect burgers.
Use these tips to deliver the perfect, juiciest and tastiest burgers at your next community cookout.
Tip No. 1: The secret is in the meat.
The juicier the burger, the more fat content its meat should have. So, when you are out shopping for the right burger meat, do not skimp or go health conscious. For the best burger recipes, there is no alternative but to choose the 80/20 blends. Some experts also opt to grind their own beef in the comforts of their homes. While this is a good idea, one must make sure they know what they are doing. When using leaner meats, some amount of beef fats must be added to come closer to the store bought 80/20 mix.
Tip 2: Do not overmix
The key to the perfect burger lies in how its ingredients are mixed. Over-mixing is a sure-fire way to failure. Once you add in the eggs, breadcrumbs, onions and other seasonings, divide the meat into sections and work on each one by patting it gently. This helps the juices flow freely when you grill the burgers on the Weber rotisserie. The best time to add the seasonings to the patties is also right before you place them on the preheated grill. Give a healthy dusting of salt, pepper or other dry rub mix before placing the patties on the grill.
Tip 3: Tips to avoid shrinking and swelling of burgers
Burger patties tend to shrink after being placed on the grill. So make sure you account for this loss and form the patties to a size that will fill the buns just right. (None of your guests want to end up eating more bread than the actual meat). Also, once you place the patty on the grill, make sure you make an indentation with your finger in its center. What this does is, it helps prevent the swelling up of the patty owing to the heat of the grill.
Tip 4: Cleaning and preheating the grill
Poorly pre heated grill is sure to either burn the burgers or leave them undercooked. Therefore, preheating to the right temperature is a must. Experts recommend placing the coal only on the sides of the grill so that the center temperature reaches an optimum 400 F. Then you can place the patty near the 2-zone fire for the initial searing effect and later move the patty to the cooler end to cook them in the center. Also make sure that the grill is devoid of any remnants of the previous cookout, as nobody likes a patty bedecked with older crumbs. For this purpose, heat the grill and when it is hot enough, dip some paper towels in oil and wipe the grill plates clean.
Tip 5: Temperature: how much is too much?
According to experts, the right temperature for cooking ground beef thoroughly is to ensure it reaches a temperature of 160 F. Do not flip the burgers too early; let each side cook for at least 4 minutes ensuring that you also press the patties down from time to time.
Once cooked well, allow the burgers to rest for a couple of minutes before assembling them in the buns. These tips will surely give you perfect burgers every single time.