4 Tips to get the best-grilled burger


It’s summer BBQ time and that means you’re looking for the ways to get your food just right. Burgers are the simplest of all, but you’ll still want to follow these tips for a perfect grilled burger.

It’s summer and that means BBQ time. Whether you’re planning an afternoon with just the family living in the house or you’re inviting the whole brood over, you’ll want to make sure your meat is just right. Let’s start with burgers! They’re among the most popular for burgers and one of the easiest options to cook, whether you make your own or buy from the store.

Here are four tips to make sure you get the best-grilled burger for your BBQ. They work best when you make your own.

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#1. Put your thumbprint in

It all starts with a thumbprint. Burgers will shrink when they’re cooked, so it’s important to indent your thumbprint just to make sure the burger remains well-shaped when cooking. Pop it right in the middle of the burger and make your mark.

#2. Get your grill super hot

Now it’s time to put your burgers on the BBQ or grill. Don’t do this until your grill is as hot as possible. Putting burgers on earlier will slow cook them, so you end up with burnt edges and soft middles. They’re just not that great!

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Don’t forget the oil on the grill gates. You should see the oil steaming from the grill when it’s ready.

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#3. Know how you like your burgers

Not everyone wants a well-done burger. Some like their food slightly on the rare side. This is where cooking times come into play.

The best rule of thumb is to go up in increments for cooking time depending on the preferences. A medium burger is usually three minutes on each side.

#4. Top with cheese on the grill

Once you’ve done the three minutes on each side, top the burger with cheese. Leave the burger on the heat just to let the cheese melt into the meat before you place it all in the bun.

Now it’s all about the toppings. Enjoy!

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What do you like to put on your burger? How do you like your burgers cooked? Share in the comments below.