How to Make the Perfect Beef Burger: Tips and Tricks for Juicy and Delicious Results
When you’re cooking up delicious homemade beef burgers, the last thing you want to happen is for them to come out dry and hard as a rock. To help you make the juiciest and most mouth-watering burgers every time, here are a few tips from Tariq Halal.
Making the Perfect Burger
The Beef: The first step is choosing the right beef mince to make your burgers with. Many people opt for leaner beef in an effort to cut down on their fat intake, but when it comes to burgers you shouldn’t skimp on the fat. A higher fat content will help the meat stay juicy, tender, and full of flavor. However, you shouldn’t go too fatty because the burger will end up shrinking significantly when you cook it.
Flavorings: When you buy good quality beef, you won’t need to add much to the patties to flavor them. A modest amount of spices will be more than enough to enhance the taste of your burgers. Here’s one of Tariq Halal’s best beef burger recipes:
- 1 tbsp paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- Optional: a pinch of cayenne pepper
Put the spices in a small bowl and mix them together. If you’re baking or broiling your burgers, mix the spices into the beef. For grilled or fried burgers, sprinkle the spices over each side of the meat as you cook.
Burger size: For equally cooked patties, ensure that each one is the same size. This includes when you divide the meat and when you form the burger. A trick to help make them the same height is to use a loose lid from a jar or tub that is slightly bigger than your chosen hamburger buns.
Place a good amount of meat onto the lid and cover it with cling film. Press the meat down in the lid, adding more meat if needed or removing any excess meat.
Rest and Refrigerate: Once your patties are formed, refrigerate them for at least an hour before cooking them. After cooking them, allow them to rest under a loose cover of foil for 5 minutes. Resting after cooking allows the juice to soak back through the patty.