All I wanted for dinner last night was a juicy hamburger like you can really only get by going out, but we’re trying to stick to a budget so I spent the afternoon researching how to make a really good burger. In the end, I combined a few tips and went with:
- Using 80/20 ground chuck.
- Keeping it really cold and not preparing until just before I was ready to cook.
- Mixing a couple tablespoons of crushed ice into the meat.
- Handling the meat as little as possible to form into patties. I just tossed the meat with the ice and a little Worcestershire and made the discs.
- Putting an indent in the middle of each patty.
- Cooking the patties in a couple tablespoons of melted butter over medium high heat in a cast iron skillet. I put the skillet on the grill outside to avoid the grease and smell in my house.
- Not salting the meat until it was on the grill.
- Cooking four minutes per side, then removing from heat and letting stand for another four minutes.
I had really good, juicy burgers. Seriously good. Served on toasted buns of course because that increased the yumminess.
I want another one right now.