Hey there, masters of the grill, it's Backyard Charlie! It's time to talk about the ultimate backyard BBQ staple: the hamburger. There's nothing quite like biting into a juicy, mouthwatering burger with all your favorite toppings, but not everyone knows how to grill the perfect patty. Fear not, my friends, because I'm here to share some tips on how to make the ultimate grilled burger that'll have your taste buds doing a happy dance.
First things first, you gotta pick the right meat. For the perfect burger, you want to use a course medium-fat level ground beef. Too lean and your burger will be dry and lacking flavor, too fatty and your burger will shrink up when it hits the heat. So, choose wisely!
Once you've got your meat, it's time to prepare it for grilling. This is where you can really get creative with your flavors. Add in some sliced sausage, diced onions, peppers, Worcestershire sauce, or your favorite grilling seasoning to take your burger to the next level. Mix all those delicious ingredients into the meat, and then shape the patties, making sure they're all the same thickness and sturdy enough to hold up on the grill. I continue to be a big fan of simple Lawry's seasoned salt and good cracked pepper.
Now, let's get to the grilling. Preheat your grill on high heat, and once it's hot and ready, quickly place all your patties on the grill and close the lid. Leave them for about 3 minutes, then test one patty with a metal spatula to see if it lifts easily from the grill. If not, leave them a bit longer until they're ready to flip. Once they're ready, flip those patties quickly and close the lid again, leaving them to cook for another 3 minutes until they lift easily once more. Then flip 'em one more time and let them cook until those delicious juices run clear. Make sure to check them before removing them from the grill to ensure they're cooked to your liking.
Finally, it's time to assemble your masterpiece. Slap that patty on a bun with all your favorite condiments, and get ready to take a big ol' bite of grilled perfection. With these tips, you'll be grilling the ultimate burger that'll have all your friends and family begging for seconds. Happy grilling!