Nothing hits the spot quite like a big, fat, juicy burger. While a hamburger may seem like a fairly simple dish to prepare, don’t be fooled. Truly delicious burgers require careful craftsmanship and profound expertise. Hope Pizza Restaurant has been delighting the taste buds of patrons in Stamford, CT, for more than 30 years with their delectable burgers.
Here, they share four secrets to help you create the perfect burger:
- Pick Your Meat Wisely: The ideal burger patty is composed of 80/20 ground chuck, meaning the meat has a ratio of 80% lean to 20% fat. The higher fat content is what gives the patty its juicy flavor. While the fat content means this is not the healthiest choice of meat, let’s face it—you’re making a burger because you want it to taste good!
- Season With Salt & Pepper: Don’t fall into the trap of using lots of fancy seasoning on your beef patty. Hope Pizza Restaurant believes a simple seasoning of salt and pepper is the best way to bring out the delicious natural flavor of the meat without overwhelming it.
- Be Obsessive About Temperature: A perfectly cooked hamburger should be juicy and pink on the inside, just between medium and medium well. To achieve this sweet spot, cook the burger to an internal temperature of 145 degrees, or between seven and eight minutes.
- Use A Soft, Squishy Bun: Nothing is more tedious than having to get through mouthfuls of thick, dry bread before you can reach the actual burger. A bun should enhance the burger, not get in the way of it—which is why squishy buns are the ideal choice for burgers.
If you still have questions about how to create the perfect burger—or better yet, are in the mood to try one right now—visit Hope Pizza Restaurant in Stamford. You can call them at (203) 325-0660 or see their full menu on their website.