Follow these tips and you'll soon be on your way to grilling the perfect burger.
- Be sure your ground meat is fresh. It should be bright pink without any unpleasant odor or dark spots.
- Avoid overmixing ground meat because it becomes tough with handling.
- Grill ground beef burgers over high heat to sear the outsides and seal in their juices.
- Since it's the fat that gives burgers their natural juiciness and flavor, when using extra-lean meats, add moist ingredients for juiciness, extra seasonings for flavor, and grill them more slowly over medium heat.
- Use a spatula or tongs when turning burgers to help retain their shape.
- Avoid pressing down on the burgers while they're grilling; this squeezes out the juices and makes them dry and tough.
- Never cook burgers to the point of dryness, but be certain they are fully cooked. The meat should show no signs of pinkness inside, the juices should run clear, and the temperature should register 160 F in the center.