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Simple, Mouthwatering Burger Recipe

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These delicious burgers are so simple, yet so incredibly delicious. Packed full of flavor, this delicious burger recipe is a must for your next summertime cookout.

Every home cook should have a delicious, memorable hamburger recipe in their repertoire, but no one wants to have a recipe that takes forever or has complicated ingredients. This recipe will have you grilling, or cooking in a cast iron skillet, in no time.

The Best Burger Recipe

So how do you make the absolute best burger?

Simplicity.

There are a few tricks to make it delicious and there are some things you want to avoid… mistakes that most of us have made on the quest for the best hamburger we can possibly make.

First, you need to start with quality beef. There are a lot of choices out there, but ground 80/20 (80% lean, 20% fat)is your best bet.

Now, we could debate that all manner of things need added to your burger to make it delicious… anything from saltine crackers and breadcrumbs to egg, onion, and more. But… I would much rather spend my time eating than mixing a million different ingredients into ground beef to make it taste better.

Besides, taste is subjective, and adding too many things to quality beef isn’t going to help the cause, in fact, it can take away from the flavor if you’re not careful.

Homemade Burger Ingredients

  • Ground Chuck– 80/20 as I mentioned before is best. And, you want quality beef for the best outcome. Locally grown, grass fed, grass finished ground beef is going to be your best bet. Nothing else compares to the flavor and locally grown beef is so much more sustainable.
  • Butter– If you want to keep your burger juicy while adding just the right amount of flavor, butter is your absolute best friend. Freeze it, then grate it into the burger, this is the only thing you’ll want to mix into the meat before the patties are formed. And it’s worth it to do so. You can also baste the burgers with some soft butter when they’re almost finished to add more flavor and juiciness to the meat.
  • Salt– I prefer coarse sea salt for this particular application. You don’t want to mix the salt in, simply shake it onto the surface after the patties are formed.
  • Pepper– Freshly cracked black pepper is going to pack the most flavor. Just like the salt, simply crack it over the top of the patties once formed, don’t mix it into the meat.
  • Garlic Powder– A fantastic flavor enhancer, this will add just what you need to really pull out the delicious flavors in the beef. Same as before, don’t mix, just sprinkle on top of the patties.
  • Burger Buns– Good buns make all the difference! Lightly toasted with a bit of butter right after your burgers are done… perfection.
  • Toppings– Everyone’s opinion on what to put on a burger to take it over the top differs. Some people swear by cheese (swiss is a great option). There’s bacon, tomato, lettuce, jalapenos, pickles…. And all manner of condiments such as ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. Some of my personal favorites are caramelized onions, mushrooms, and bread and butter pickles.

How to Make the Perfect Hamburger Patty

Making the patty is such an important step! If you don’t do it quite right they take forever to cook, fall apart, or are too small… and no one likes to eat just the bun the first bite!

The diameter of your meat is going to shrink as it cooks, so you need to keep this in mind while forming your patties. You’ll want to make the patty roughly 6″ wide to allow for the shrinking so it will be bun sized when finished. Creating a patty that is too thick is going to result in a slow cooking process, and too thin and they’re prone to falling apart. You want something roughly an inch thick so it cooks all the way through quickly, but not so thin it begins falling apart as soon as you try to flip it.

And since the center has a tendency to puff up, simply put a small well in the patties using a spoon to prevent this from happening.

Tips for Juicy Hamburger Patties

The number one tip for cooking perfect patties is heat. High heat is going to be your best friend when cooking the perfect burger.

Make sure the burger has direct contact with the cooking surface is essential. When using the grill, don’t use foil. And if cooking on the stove top, use a cast iron skillet to help retain the heat best.

Using 80/20 ground chuck is going to keep the meat nice and juicy without needing egg to keep it bound together.

Adding butter adds delicious depth to the flavor, but it also keeps the meat nice and juicy.

Season generously, but do so just before the meat hits the heat. Salt, especially, dissolves relatively quickly so if you put it on long before you put the meat on the grill, it’s not going to add near as much flavor and it will contribute to drying out your meat. But, season very generously right before placing the meat on the grill or in the pan for the best flavor and juiciest meat.

The last tip is less is more when it comes to flipping. For so long I was always afraid if I didn’t flip the burger multiple times when cooking them to ensure even cooking. But for the best burger with the least amount of falling apart, you should really only flip the meat once (maybe twice).

How to Grill Burgers

  1. Preheat grill to 400°F and make sure you clean off the grates.
  2. Grate 4 Tablespoons frozen butter into meat.
  3. Divide meat into 4 equal pieces and form into 5″ discs roughly 1″ thick.
  4. Place a spoon in the center of the patties to form a well.
  5. Generously sprinkle with salt, freshly cracked pepper, and garlic powder.
  6. Place patties directly on grill and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the burgers over and cook an additional 3 minutes. Brush top of beef patties with softened butter and add cheese the last minute of cooking, if desired. Burgers are finished when a meat thermometer inserted into the center reads 160°F.
  7. Place patties on a warm plate to rest. Reduce heat on grill, lightly butter buns and toast on grill for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Serve hot patties on toasted buns with desired toppings.

How to Cook Burgers on Stove Top

  1. Grate 4 Tablespoons frozen butter into meat.
  2. Divide meat into 4 equal pieces and form into 5″ discs roughly 1″ thick.
  3. Place a spoon in the center of the patties to form a well.
  4. Generously sprinkle with salt, freshly cracked pepper, and garlic powder.
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Coat with butter.
  6. Place patties directly on heated pan and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the burgers over and cook an additional 3 minutes. Add cheese the last minute of cooking, if desired. Burgers are finished when a meat thermometer inserted into the center reads 160°F.
  7. Place patties on a warm plate to rest. Reduce heat in skillet, lightly butter brioche buns, place in skillet and cook 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted.
  8. Serve hot hamburgers on toasted buns with desired toppings.

What to serve with your burgers:

Simple Mouthwatering Burger Recipe
Yield: 4 Patties

Simple Mouthwatering Burger Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

This simple burger recipe is perfect for cookouts or anytime and is easy enough to create mouthwatering burgers every single time.

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb 80/20 Ground Chuck (preferably grass fed)
  • 4 Tablespoons Frozen Butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Black Pepper
  • 4 Burger Buns of Choice

Instructions

  1. Grate frozen butter into ground beef and mix together well.
  2. Divide meat into 4 equal chunks and create 4 5" round, 1" thick patties.
  3. Place a spoon in the center of each patty to create a well.
  4. Heat grill or cast iron skillet on high heat.
  5. Season patties generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  6. Cook on each side, over high heat, for 3 minutes each. Flipping only once.
  7. About one minute before finished cooking, baste with softened butter and add cheese, if desired.
  8. Remove patties to a warm plate, reduce heat on grill or stovetop. Brush brioche buns lightly with butter and toast on grill or in pan for 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Serve patties on toasted buns with desired toppings.

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