Burgers look easy enough. Buns, meat, onion, lettuce, cheese, and ketchup - and stack them together!
If you are already going with the frozen burger patties, then the best way to grill frozen burgers is to defrost them before grilling and then season them lightly with salt and pepper, firing up the grill with high heat and cook them for at least 20 minutes or until you are satisfied they are ready.
Simple, eh? But why waste a perfectly good opportunity to eat the best beef burger? Nothing beats building the burgers from scratch to get that perfect great value beef burgers!
Good food requires love and care so if you are wondering how to make a good beef burger, the WOLF Burgers is just the right place!
Here are 7 Tips to Make the Best Beef Burger:
1. Having a Beef with the Beef
Everyone who knows burgers, knows that the quality of meat is directly proportional to the taste of the burger - better the quality, better the taste! Look for fresh beef with the right fat content with an 80/20 lean-fat ratio. It is why many stick to sirloin, chuck, or brisket. This fat is the reason why you will enjoy a juicy burger instead of a dry tasteless burger.
The supermarket should be off your list as vendors are known to get the meat packaged off-site, so your best bet is to find the best beef to use for burgers is someone who grinds their meat daily or better yet gets it and grinds it at home.
Avoid adding breadcrumbs, onion, or spices in the beef ground itself if you want to taste the meat. There is a reason why other beef patties are stacked with other ingredients and so stick to adding salt and pepper only to the ground beef.
2. Don’t be Catty with the Patty
Use a cast-iron pan or a flat-top grill as juices and fat drip away in the grate grills. You can even try a skillet instead. Keep it hot and only flip the burgers when the burger gets a caramelized crust.
Avoid overworking or squashing the meat. To get the best beef burger patties, handle the meat with cold hands to shape it into patties and use thumbs to make an indention in the center so it doesn’t puff while cooking and the juices don’t drip to the side either. WOLF Burgers also suggests that you do not squish them with the spatula while they get cooked on the grill either.
3. Say Yes To Cheese
Health-conscious ones tend to avoid cheese but hey what’s a burger without the good old melted cheese? Spending a few more minutes in the gym should be worth it for that little piece of heaven in your mouth, eh? So, say yes to cheese for your burger!
Many consider Cheddar as the best cheese for beef burgers. But you can get creative and go for Brie, Gouda, Swiss, Monterey Jack, or Goat cheese. Preferably use grated cheese as it covers them nicely.
4. Toast the Bun for the Most Fun
Don’t forget to toast the buns! You don’t want a soggy beef burger, do you? Buns need to be sturdy to hold it all together so brush them lightly with clarified butter and toast them until they are crispy and golden. Imagine the heaven in your mouth – the juiciest meat and the crispiest buns!
5. Flipping it, not Whipping it
Every time you flip the burger, it becomes a little drier. It loses its juiciness. So skip the frequent flipping. Flip it when you are sure one side is done. Use a meat thermometer if you have to. At WOLF Burgers, we use a professional one too and recommend that instead of cutting the bun to check if it is cooked, use the temperature guide instead.
Cook the beef patty until golden brown and slightly charred on each side, 4 minutes for medium rare or until cooked to the desired degree of doneness.
6. Sauce to Add That Sass
You can have mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise but nothing should stop you from adding your own special touch to the sauce so mix and match or even make your own.
7. It’s Always Good to Have Options
Make sure to set the tomato on top of the burger and lettuce underneath so juices say where they are.
Many food lovers stick with just tomato, lettuce, and sauce but you can customize the burger as much you like. You can add ingredients such as jalapeños, coleslaw, and onion for that perfect balance between juiciness and crunchiness.
Viola! You made your very own beef burger from scratch!
We know that by the end of it, you’d definitely have your stomach rumbling with hunger but don’t give in to the temptation yet.
Let the flavours set in so wait for a few minutes before eating the fruit, errr, the juicy burger of your hard labour. It will be worth it!