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Top 7 Better Burger Tips: Happy National Hamburger Month

25 May 2021 by



Have you been craving a big, juicy burger on the patio? Summer is nearly here, which means you can fire up the BBQ and get the fixin’s ready for a BBQ burger party! May is National Hamburger Month, so we thought it was time to give you some tips for making better burgers this summer!



Here are our top 7 tips for making the BEST burgers on the block:


Tip #1: Get a good BBQ


The proper BBQ will make a big difference in your burgers. Your choice of BBQ fuel (natural gas, propane, wood-burning) will affect the taste of your burgers, so choose wisely!



Tip #2: Use fresh meat


The fresher your ground meat for fresh burgers, the better. Bobby Flay makes some of the best burgers on the planet and he suggests 80/20 ground chuck (80% lean, 20% fat) for best results. You can also experiment by mixing meats or trying leaner meats like chicken or turkey. Or, if you are a vegetarian, try making your own falafel or better-than-meat burger.



Tip #3: Make a thumbprint


When making fresh burgers, you need to be mindful of the internal temperature to know when they’re done. For more even cooking, make a giant thumbprint in the middle of the burger. It’s the most challenging part to thoroughly cook, so by compressing the middle, you help get a more even cook throughout, without a too-raw center.



Tip #4: Add an egg


Yes, that’s right! A freshly fried egg on your burger is a great way to fancy it up! Put it on top of your burger for the best results. A smear of fresh avocado goes great with egg on a burger too.



Tip #5: Mix your cheese


Consider adding freshly sliced cheese (not the disgusting processed stuff) to your burgers a minute before they come off the BBQ. This helps the cheese melt slightly. Try mixing cheeses or trying some new artisanal cheeses.



Tip #6: Top with fresh produce

The freshness of toppings like lettuce, tomato, and onions helps bring the flavors of your burger together. If you’re hosting others, consider setting out a burger bar with pre-cut vegetables so people can add their favorites. Ensure your ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce bottles are full (you can stock up on your next online grocery delivery).



Tip #7: Choose your sides wisely


While the burger is likely to be the main attraction at your Summer 2021 backyard BBQ party, your choice of sides is also essential. June just happens to be National Salad Month, so give your guests some tasty salad options. Popular summer salads to accompany burgers include:


  • Macaroni salad

  • Potato salad

  • Fruit salad

  • Greek salad



And finally, be sure you have something to wash down your yummy burgers with. You can choose from a variety of wines and beers or non-alcoholic beverages from your local supermarket. Don’t forget the ice too, especially on those sweltering hot days!




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