You only need a handful of ingredients, half an hour, and a hot grill to make the most delicious, juicy burgers ever. Toss some burgers onto the grill, and dinner's practically done.
For maximum flavor dispersal, spread ground beef on a platter and add your seasonings of choice. We like using chopped shallot, steak sauce, salt, and pepper. Gently mix together by hand, but be careful not to knead the mixture.
For consistent-size patties, pat meat into rectangles and divide. Pat each section into rounds but don't overwork the meat.
For the juiciest burgers, choose ground beef that is 70 percent lean and 30 percent fat.
One of our favorite healthy grilling burger tips: Add onion and steak sauce to lean beef. They add moisture and flavor!
Flatten each burger into 3/4-inch patties. If desired, press irregular edges in toward the center to form perfectly round burgers.
After shaping burger patties, use your fingers to press lightly in the center of each patty, forming a shallow indentation. This dimple does two things: It helps keep the burger from bulging while cooking, and it makes the burger cook more evenly.
For a charcoal grill, grill 1/2-inch patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until done (160 degrees F to 165 degrees F), turning once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.) Thicker burger patties will require longer grilling times to reach a safe burger doneness temperature of 160 degrees. Aim for 20 to 24 minutes for patties that are 3/4 inch thick.
To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. To make a cheeseburger, add a slice of your favorite cheese during the last minute of cooking.
Slide your patty onto a burger bun and get topping! We love the classic burger toppings: ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, and mayo. But every once in a while, we like to mix it up! Try these fun burger topping takes on the classics.
Blue Guacamole Combine 1 cup purchased guacamole with 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese.
Horseradish Mayo Combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, and the juice of half a lemon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Chipotle Ketchup Combine 1/4 cup ketchup with 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Try one of our favorite burger recipes.
Stuffed burgers are delicious and easy to customize! To make, split each burger into two thin patties and stuff with 1 tablespoon of filling. Grilling stuffed burgers is easy: Simply make sure the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
Try our favorites:
Crisp-cooked crumbled bacon
Crumbled feta or blue cheese
Shredded provolone, mozzarella, smoked cheddar, cheddar, or Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 to 1/2 cup cooked sliced fresh mushrooms
Chopped roasted red sweet peppers
Fresh salsa (be sure to drain excess liquid)