Burgers are one of the most commonly grilled meats – but also the most incorrectly cooked. In this post, we’ll give you some tips for grilling burgers to perfection – if you haven’t yet checked out our post about making great patties, we recommend you read it first.
Keep the Grill Lid Closed
Burgers taste best when they are thick, meaty and juicy. Keeping the grill lid closed while the burgers are cooking will trap the heat and create an oven effect that will help to cook the inside of the burger whilst the outside is caramelising on the grates.
Leave It Alone
The less you prod the meat, the better. Once you place the burgers on the grill, the only time you should touch them is when you flip them over – which we recommend you do just once. The less you poke and prod the meat, the more it will retain its flavoursome juices.
Don’t Squash the Burgers with a Spatula
You know how some people flatten their burgers with a spatula when grilling? This is one of the biggest burger-grilling mistakes you can make, and the main reason for dry burgers. When you press the pattie, you squeeze out all the lovely juices that give it its flavour.
Glaze at the End
If you decide to glaze your burgers with BBQ sauce for extra flavour, you should apply this glaze at the end of the cooking process. Most barbeque sauces are made with sugar, and this burns really easily over the high heat of the grill. Applying the glaze during the last 2 minutes of cooking will provide enough time for the sauce to reduce without burning.
Add Melted Cheese
Similar to the glaze, cheese should be applied at the end of the cooking process. During the last minute of cooking, put a slice of cheese on top of each patty and close the lid. The trapped heat will soften the cheese as the burgers finish cooking. If you apply the cheese too soon, it will likely melt off.
Check for Doneness
This is the most important step if you want delicious burgers. For best results, we recommend you use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the patties. It is recommended, for food safety reasons, to only cook your burgers to well done… While less than well done is perfectly fine for steaks it is not for burgers…
So there you have it! We hope these tips help you to make the best burgers you’ve ever had at home!