Best Burger Recipes


These are the best burger recipes - juicy and delicious.

If you need a new way to "dress up a burger" or to learn how to grill (or fry) a juicy burger every time, check this out now.





No wonder America has an ongoing love affair with the hamburger. Who doesn't love sinking their teeth into a thick, juicy burger, hot off the grill? Here's how to make yours the best of all -- how to grill your burgers to absolute perfection.


BUYING HAMBURGER

When you go to the supermarket to buy ground beef, they usually offer you three choices. Ground chuck, ground sirloin and ground round. Ground round is too lean to make a perfect burger so I am going to talk about the other two.

Ground chuck has the most fat and produces a juicy burger. Ground sirloin has the best flavor. What I do is combine the two for the best of both worlds; a perfect hamburger.

Don't be afraid of fat, because fat equals flavor. Look for 80% lean ground beef to make hamburgers; trust me, it makes a huge difference.


PREPPING GROUND BEEF

Get out a bowl and break the ground beef into pieces. HANDLE CAREFULLY. Working the ground beef too much will result in tough burgers and you do not want that.

Add the hamburger seasoning (the recipe is at the bottom of the page) and toss light to combine. Divide the ground beef into equal sized portions and form gently into 1" to 2" patties. Press the center of the burger with both thumbs to make an indentation because burgers tend to "puff up" when cooking.


COOKING HAMBURGERS

The first "secret" to my best burger recipes is searing the outside of the burger. This locks in the juice so it doesn't dry out. Make certain that the grill or the skillet is hot. When both sides are seared, you may move the hamburgers to the outside of the grill or lower the temperature on the stove.

The second "secret" to my best burger recipes is not turning them several times. Many people think that cooking hamburgers is the same as steak, but it is not. Ground beef has bacteria, so you want to cook it as well-done as you can muster. Medium is healthier and still produces a juicy and tasty burger. Steak only has two sides for bacteria to harbor, so cooking it rare or medium-rare kills the bacteria on the surface of the steak.

The third "secret" to my best burger recipes is gauging when they are ready to flip. When you place a burger on the grill or in a skillet, look for blood to come to the surface and then turn them over. Blood will come to the surface again and when it does, it's cooked to medium.

The final "secret" to a my best burger recipes - and the most important is simply DO NOT PRESS DOWN on the burger when cooking. This literally pushes all of the juice out of the burger and is a huge "No-No!" If you want to be known for your best burger recipes and to cook a juicy burger every time, please follow this tip.


GRILLING TIPS

Before you make one of my burger recipes, I have more advise and tips. You may be tempted to go cheap when buying meat. But for the very best burgers, you’ll want meat with a 15-20% fat content, usually ground chuck or ground sirloin (or you can even mix the two). If you use lean beef, you're gonna get "meatloaf", and you don't want that.

When you’re making the patties, there are a few things to keep in mind. Rule #1: cold meat, cold hands – it’s the cardinal rule. Make sure your meat has been in the refrigerator until right before you’re ready to shape it, and chill your hands under cold running water first, or hold two handfuls of ice cubes until you can’t stand it any more.

Rule #2: handle the meat as delicately and quickly as you can. Form the meat into a flat, uniform patty that’s anywhere from 3/4" to 1" thick.

Using your thumbs, make an indentation in the center of the burger, so it doesn't "puff up" and get round when cooking.

If you want the burgers to stay together better on the grill, cover them and allow them to chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so before cooking.



GRILLING TIMES FOR BURGERS

Clean the grates well and spray with vegetable oil. Preheat and place the burgers on the grill and remove they are cooked to your taste.

Cook the burger for five to seven minutes per side for medium, less for rare or medium rare, and seven to nine minutes per side for burgers cooked all the way through. Now on to my burger recipes...



Old Fashioned Hamburger Seasoning Recipe




Juicy Burger Recipes


Light up the grill, and make this now. So juicy and delicious.

RANCH BURGERS

2 lb ground beef
2 pkgs ranch dressing mix
1 package homemade dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl and patty out into burgers. Place in the refrigerator for one hour.

Clean the grates well and spray with vegetable oil. Preheat the grill and cook the burgers according to your taste.




THE JUICIEST BURGER RECIPE

2 lbs ground beef
1 egg yolk, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
6 TBS evaporated milk
2 TBS homemade worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp homemade cayenne pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced

Soak the dry bread cubes or crumbs in the milk for 5 minutes. Then mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl and form into patties. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Prepare the grill and cook burgers until they are done to your taste.




My burger recipes work beautifully on George Foreman style grills also. Note: If you are not a lover of spicy foods, here's a tip: the heat of a jalapeno is within the membrane inside it, so if you remove that it won't be as hot. Enjoy.

TEX-MEX BURGERS

1/3 cup homemade mayonnaise
1 tsp homemade Cajun seasoning

1-1/3 lb ground beef
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 TBS homemade Cajun seasoning
1 tsp homemade worcestershire sauce
4 slices of pepper jack cheese

Prepare the grill for cooking, and preheat on medium-high. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Refrigerate.

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, jalapeno pepper, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, and worcestershire sauce using your hands. Divide into 4 balls, and flatten into patties; refrigerate for one hour.

Using your thumbs, make an indentation in the center of the burger, so it doesn't "puff up" and get round when cooking.

Preheat the grill and cook the burgers according to your taste.




Another one of my grilled burger recipes...

JALAPENO-BLUE CHEESE BURGERS

2 lbs ground beef
6 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
2 TBS homemade garlic powder
2 TBS homemade onion powder
2 tsp homemade soy sauce

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, jalapeno peppers, blue cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, soy sauce and salt. Mix well using your hands.

Pat lightly into 4 large fat patties and place in the refrigerator for one hour. Preheat the grill and cook the burgers according to your taste.





Another one of my best burger recipes. Amazing.

BLUE BURGER

1 lb ground beef
1 tsp hamburger seasoning
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 slices provolone cheese

Toppings

6 slices of cooked bacon
homemade mayonnaise
grated sweet onion
lettuce
tomato

In a bowl, combine cream cheese and blue cheese; set aside. Gently mix the hamburger seasoning with with the ground beef and form into four patties. Grill to desired doneness.

Meanwhile, Grill buns until golden brown and spread all of them with homemade mayo; set aside.

When burgers are done, add the blue cheese mixture to the top of each burger and then top with a slice of provolone.

When the cheese is almost melted add the bacon and place on the prepared bun. Add the grated onion, lettuce and tomato. Use kosher salt and pepper and top with bun.






My burger recipes for the grill would not be complete without this recipe. Yum.

GYROS BURGERS

1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground lamb
1/2 onion, grated,
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
dash of ground cumin

In large bowl, combine ground beef, ground lamb, onion, garlic and bread crumbs. Season with allspice, coriander, oregano, salt, pepper and cumin. Knead until mixture is stiff and shape into 4 very thin patties (1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick). Place in the refrigerator for one hour.

Cook patties for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Serve on warm pita bread with tzatziki sauce, and thinly sliced onion, tomato and lettuce.

To make tzatziki sauce:
Mix some plain yogurt, light sour cream, fresh mint, garlic salt, chopped cucumber, scallions, and tomato together. Top the burger with this sauce and enjoy.

NOTE: For appetizers - put the mixture into a food processor/blender to get a firmer texture. Shape into a very thin loaf and broil in the oven. Slice very thinly and serve with pita, fried in olive oil, Greek olives, roasted garlic and tzatziki sauce. More burger recipes coming up...






This is a tasty burger recipe if I say so myself.

THANKSGIVING STYLE BURGER RECIPE

1 onion, chopped
2 TBS homemade unsalted butter
1 TBS canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup celery, chopped
3 lbs ground turkey
6 ounce pkg chicken flavored stuffing
1/2 tsp homemade poultry seasoning
2 eggs
1 can cranberry sauce
whipped cream cheese, for serving

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate.

Heat the butter and oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion, garlic and celery until soft; about 5 minutes.

Place the cooked onion and celery in a large bowl with the ground turkey, stuffing mix, poultry seasoning and eggs; mix to thoroughly combine. Form the mixture into 16 patties. Unlike hamburger, these patties will not change shape while cooking, so make them even in size.

Grill the turkey burgers on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. Place each patty on a hamburger bun, and top with cranberry sauce and a dollop of whipped cream cheese to serve.

Just a little twist on one of my burger recipes. Good isn't it.



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