Don’t let your burgers be bland and boring! Cowboy has put together a list of 5 Tips to Make the Ultimate Burger. These tips and tricks are sure to take your burger to the next level. For recipe ideas, check out this Bleu Cheese Bacon Burgers from Derek Wolf with Over the Fire Cooking.
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- Season Inside & Out. For the best burger, season the meat with salt and pepper all the way through before you shape the meat. This ensures every bite is filled with flavorful spices and helps prevent burgers from tasting bland.
- Form a Shallow Indent in the Middle of the Patty. After shaping your patties, use your thumb to create a slight dimple in the center of each patty to keep the burger from puffing up as it cooks. The indentation keeps the patty’s flat, even and round.
- Flip Once. Once a crust has formed on the bottom, use a spatula to flip the burger once. This ensures that the burger cooks evenly and maximizes flavorful juices.
- Check for Doneness. The best way to check for doneness is by using a meat thermometer. Touch and appearance can serve as rough indicators, but a thermometer will tell you exactly when they’re done. Ensuring that burgers are cooked to the perfect temperature will prevent meat from being under or over cooked.
- 130 degrees: Medium-rare (pink and warm)
- 140 degrees: Medium (pink, starting to dry out)
- 150 degrees: Medium-well (grayish-pink, significantly drier)
- 160 degrees: Well-done (completely gray, little moisture)
- Load it Up. Once your burgers are cooked and ready to be served, keep it simple with classic toppings like lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and ketchup. However, if you’re looking for some extra flavor, try one of Cowboy’s tasty topping combinations!
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