Forget fine dining! Given a choice, most people would much rather sink their teeth into a big, juicy BBQ burger. Burgers have been around for over a century and are the ultimate convenience food. After all, what could be simpler and more satisfying than a meat patty, grilled to perfection and placed in a soft bun and topped with sauces and a few choice vegetables? But, of course, let’s not forget the melted cheese.
Before you start drooling, there are differences between an ordinary burger and a fabulous one. There is more to a burger than just a flat mound of minced meat and some bread. To really enjoy a burger, you need to know the best meat to use and how to cook the patty to perfection. Well, we have all the answers! Here’s how to create the perfect BBQ burger for a fantastic taste sensation every time.
Interestingly, the perfect BBQ burger doesn’t necessarily mean you need an expensive cut of beef. While very tasty, the lean cuts of beef often produce a dry patty when grilled. As a general rule of thumb, you want a lean meat cut with at least 20% fat. The fat content will add lots of flavour and prevent the burger from drying out on the grill. Look for chuck steak, round steak or sirloin that has been coarsely ground. As long as there is a little fat in the meat, you’ll have a tasty burger.
Minced meat can be tricky to cook with, and due to it already being ground, there is always a potential for bacteria to form. You should cook burgers long enough to ensure food safety, but you don’t want to overcook your burgers and have them resemble pressed sawdust. Ideally, the temperature of your cooked burgers should be around 70°C (160°F). [ii] A food thermometer placed into the burger from the side is the easiest way to check the temperature but if you don’t have a thermometer, ensure the outside of the burger has a nice char. You can also press the patty down with a spatula, and if the juices run clear, you’ve successfully cooked your burger.
For a twist on the traditional, why not try a pulled pork burger?
BBQing burgers to perfection[iii] take a little care and great timing. As simple as burgers are, so much can go wrong. Apart from choosing the right cuts of meat to grind, here are some tips on achieving perfectly cooked BBQ burgers:
If you’re new to creating your own burgers, keep it simple. Once you master this basic recipe, you can start experimenting with different herbs and spices for seasoning.
For four servings, you will need the following:
Have your burger buns, toppings and sauces ready. Your toppings can include lettuce, tomatoes, caramelized onions, sliced cheese and anything else you like. Place a patty on each bun, and then add the toppings and sauces you like. You should serve your best burger with a side of chips and an icy cold beverage.
There are no real rules for what else you add to your burger. You can add a variety of salad vegetables, such as lettuce and tomatoes, or you can opt for coleslaw and pickles. The only real rule when it comes to burgers is to have plenty of napkins nearby. Sinking your teeth into a big juicy burger can be quite messy, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying every bite. Be warned, though, once you’ve made and grilled your own BBQ burgers, you’ll find the ones in fast food places fall short of your own great creations.
Anna is the marketing and office manager for Garden Benches – a premium supplier of high-quality wooden benches and other outdoor furniture.
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