Hamburgers are a delicious staple of American cuisine—however, not just anyone can master this culinary classic. After all, a truly mouthwatering burger is made of so much more than a haphazard patty and a bun slathered with ketchup mayo. Today, the barbecue experts from Famous Dave’s in Eau Claire and La Crosse, WI, will explain how to craft a burger that’s (almost!) as delicious as their top-secret recipe.
How to Build the Perfect Burger
1. Pick & Grind Your Meat
Hopefully, by now you already know that high-quality patties don’t come from the freezer section. For the best tasting patty, you’ll need to purchase the finest grass-fed beef you can find. This beef has a more sophisticated flavor profile that makes all the difference. Then, for a juicy, flavorful burger, you’ll need to grind it yourself in a tabletop grinder or food processor. You can also ask your butcher to do the job for you.
2. Mold Your Patties
Now, it’s time to mold your patties to perfection. Avoid making your patties too large or tightly packed; instead, lightly press them into a patty that will fit (but not overwhelm) the bun. Don’t mess with the meat too much, which will ruin its texture. Now, add a dash of salt and pepper.
3. Chill & Prep
Lightly chilling your patties will make them easier to work with and prevent your hands from melting off the fat. Pop them in the fridge for about 30 minutes. In the meantime, clean your grill and oil your grate.
4. Fire up the Barbecue
Start up your barbecue, but don’t get carried away! Cook your patties on medium-low to medium heat for evenly cooked patties. Avoid flipping them back and forth on the grill. Instead, wait for them to char on one side for a few minutes, which will create those desirable-looking grill marks. Definitely don’t press down on the patties, though, which will squeeze out some of their flavorful juices.
5. Remove & Enjoy
Don’t cook your burgers too long, as this can cause them to become dry and crumbly. A medium-rare-to-medium burger is safe as long as your meat is fresh. Now, give them a couple minutes to cool off and place them on a fresh, delicious bun of your choosing. Add toppings and chow down!
If you’d like to dig into a perfect burger for yourself, try Dave’s Favorite Burger. Topped with Monterrey Jack and two bacon strips, you’ll savor every bite of this flawless culinary creation. Head to the top barbecue spot or check out the menu online. To make a reservation, call the restaurant today at (608) 779-4100.