How to Grill the Perfect Burger

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Grilling a juicy, delicious burger doesn’t have to be difficult. With incredible beef patties, the perfect seasoning, and the right tools, you’ll be on your way to becoming a burger grill master. Check out this quick video tutorial on how to grill a juicy, delicious burger and keep reading for four simple tips to achieve burger-grilling greatness.

4 Tips for Grilling a Perfect Burger

1. Start with the Best Beef

For the best burger, you need to start with the best all-beef patties. Omaha Steaks offers a variety of burgers ground from real steak trimming by our master butchers. All our beef is aged a minimum of 21 days for a juicy, tender texture and flash frozen to retain freshness. And our burgers are vacuum sealed in individual portion sizes and grill ready.

Love steak? Try a Filet Mignon Burger ground from Omaha Steaks filet mignon trimmings, a Delmonico Burger made from ribeye trimmings, or a bold New York Strip Burger.

2. The Perfect Burger Seasoning

The right seasoning brings out the natural flavors in the beef and helps develop a delicious crust on your burger. Use plenty of your favorite seasoning blend and season right before you put the meat on the grill. Pro Tip: If you salt your burgers too early, you risk drying out the beef.

How to Grill the Perfect Burger

Keep seasoning simple with coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper or try our Steakhouse-Style Salt & Pepper Seasoning with a perfect blend of sea salt, cracked black pepper and a hint of smoke flavor. For a seasoning blend with more complex flavors, we recommend our Signature Seasoning with a combination of garlic, onion and savory spices. Both seasoning blends are excellent on burgers and enhance the genuine flavors of the meat.

3. Grilling the Burgers

Now it’s time to get cooking. Before you grill, make sure the grill is clean and pre-heated to medium-high. Keep burgers from sticking to a hot grill by oiling your grates using tongs and a rolled-up paper towel dipped in vegetable oil. Grill spray works too, but you may get flare-ups.

To grill, place the burgers directly over the heat source on a pre-heated 450°F grill or use a cast iron skillet on the grill for a crispy sear and natural smoke flavor.

How to Grill the Perfect Burger

Don’t flip out and flip your burger too soon! Follow the included cooking charts in every Omaha Steaks box and use a timer to allow 60% of the cooking time before flipping. When juices start to flow, it’s time to flip.

4. Know When the Burger is Done

Overcooking a burger can cause the meat to dry out, so it’s important to know when your burger is done. Thickness of patties varies, so the most effective way to test doneness is to cook until your meat reaches 160°F as measured by a meat thermometer.

How to Grill the Perfect Burger

If adding cheese to your patty, add it a few minutes before burgers are done. This is also a great time to add some butter or olive oil to your buns and toast them on the grill for a tasty finish. Once your burger reaches temperature, it’s ready to devour. Add your favorite condiments and toppings and enjoy!

How to Grill the Perfect Burger

Now that you’re a burger grilling master, up your burger game and try one of our chef-inspired burger recipes:

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been updated for freshness and comprehensiveness

How to Grill the Perfect Burger

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