Hamburgers are staples of home grilling. However, there are many mistakes beginners make when preparing and grilling them. To ensure you don’t make the same errors next time you fire up the grill, you should learn the dos and don’ts of grilling hamburgers.
Forming Your Hamburger Patties
The first step to grilling the perfect hamburgers is acing the preparation stage. If you form your own patties, don’t rely on too much seasoning and salt to flavor your patties. Doing this might overpower the taste of the hamburger. At the same time, using too little seasoning will leave your hamburger tasting bland, so try adding a little bit at a time.
Chilling the Patties
Once you’ve prepared your hamburger patties, make sure to stick them in the fridge to cool until you’re ready to grill them. The cool temperature will help the patties stay together so that they don’t lose their form. This is especially important if you shape your own. Keeping them cold until you place them on the grill will also promote even grilling so that you don’t end up with burgers that are too tough and well done on the outside.
Speaking of well-done burgers, you’ll want to check to make sure your patties have cooked thoroughly and are safe to eat before taking them off the grill. However, don’t cut into the meat directly with a knife to check the inside. Use a meat thermometer to gauge the temperature and make sure you’ve cooked your patties thoroughly. If you slice them with a knife immediately after cooking, you’ll lose many of the juices in the meat. Using an instant-read thermometer will prevent your patties from losing their juices until your first bite.
Practice these dos and don’ts of grilling hamburgers the next time you fire up your grill at home. Whether you’re looking to form your own patties with ground beef or looking for premade patties, you can find high-quality hamburgers here at Vincent’s Meat Market. Order meat online through our website or stop by our local meat market in the Bronx, New York.