Grilling hamburgers are perfect for small outdoor barbecues and large neighborhood parties alike. In this article you will know how to grill a burger safely while keeping it delicious for you and your guests.
How to grill a burger – Ingredients
- 2 kg of low-fat frozen beef
- Olive oil
- Cheese if desired
Gas or charcoal grill
- Heat the grill to about (about 450 ° F), or until you can hold your hand for inches over the grates in just one second. On a charcoal grill, arrange the coals to create a high heat and a low heat cooking area (direct and indirect coating). , You want to make sure to grill your burgers on high heat to form that nice crust flavor and texture.
- Place the cold beef in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the other ingredients evenly on top of it. Fold the meat a few times to get everything well mixed. The whole process should take about 30 to 45 seconds.
- Pinch the ground beef wrapped around the onion. Divide the meat into 8 equal parts using a chef’s knife, bench scraper or your fingers. Use your hands to gently soften each part to a 1-inch size. Try not to overcook or overcook the meat. Let the burgers stay at room temperature until the grill is ready, about 20 minutes.
- Place the patties on the grill in a single layer. Flip and cook until the marks appear on the other side, about two minutes more. If you are using a charcoal grill, move the patties to a low (heat area of the grill When using a gas grill, reduce the heat to medium. Grill 2 to 3 minutes over medium-sized burgers, 3 to 4 minutes over medium-sized, or 5 to 6 minutes for medium-rare burgers. Avoid using your spatula to press your burgers while cooking to avoid all the juicy flavor from wasting, those juicy flavor are meant to stay inside the burger.
- At the last minute of cooking, place a piece of cheese on top of each burger and toast the buns.
- Place the patty on each toasted bun. Let your burgers rest for a few minutes before serving.
How long does it take cook a burger?
A burger can take anywhere from a few minutes to 10 or 15 minutes to cook completely. It depends on three main variants: the hotness of the grill or pan , the thickness and whether you want it rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, or well done.
It will take more time if your grill or pan is not too hot. Low temperatures can also contribute to how long it will take to cook a burger which make the burger to likely dry out. For this reason, we recommend cooking at high a temperature as possible safely. This not only reduces cooking times, but may also lead to a juicier burger, which has more flavor. And all you have to do is flip it over when it’s ready, and remove it from the heat when you’re done.
How do I know when to flip a burger?
Before flipping the burger let the patty cook for at least 3-4 minutes before giving it the first flip, giving the meat time to sear. Cooking it for at least 3-4 minutes is an ideal time before you start to flip as many times as you want letting both sides to cook and brown evenly. You can always cook your burger for a while, but there is not much you can do if it is overcooked.
How can you tell if a burger is ready?
There are two main ways to tell when your hamburger is ready. The safest and easiest way is simply to buy a meat thermometer. Digital meat thermometers are inexpensive, very easy to use, and are useful for a variety of foods, from fried chicken to steak. To see if your burger is ready, simply place a thermometer in the center of the burger. We suggest placing the thermometer on the side of the burger – thus less likely to pass through all the meat, and give you a false read. At 120 ° F, the burger is rare. At 130 ° F, it is medium rare. 140 ° F is in the medium, 150 ° F is medium-well, and over 160 ° F is well done.
If you do not have a thermometer, the second best way is to remove the burger from the fire, place it on a plate, and cut it out. The pinker the middle is, the rarer the burger is This is better (and probably much safer) than guessing. As you can imagine, it takes a little practice to get this right, and it’s not as good as a thermometer. However as time goes on
Charcoal vs gas grill
The best choice for grilling burgers is always charcoal because of the extra flavor and charring that it adds to it. Don’t worry you can still grill a great burger on a gas grill. I hope with these steps you now know how to grill a burger.