The American Burger
With summer rapidly approaching, it is time to break out the grill and get ready for some incredible evenings of barbecue and delicious grilled burgers. Authentic hamburgers are an important part of summer traditions. It doesn’t matter if you are having people over for the 4th of July, celebrating a birthday, or hanging out with friends – the best burger should be the centerpiece of the meal. That isn’t just us saying it either – over 70% of all beef consumed in restaurants is in the form of a burger! People love them!
Burgers and shakes, watermelon, corn on the cob, and jalapeno poppers are just a few elements that make up a meal to remember. What exactly are elements of the best burger? Top chefs from around the country have weighed in and given their tips and tricks to recognizing the best burgers when you see them, as well as knowing how to make them.
Crafting the Best Burger
Making the best burger is an important work of art. Combining the flavors just right, grilling to get the perfect amount of texture and juiciness, and aiming for that coveted look of a perfectly grilled burger are all aspects that need to be considered when making the best burger. Here are some tips and tricks for making the best burgers:
The Fat Ratio: Most chefs will agree that one of the most important elements of a fantastic burger is getting the right ratio of fat. Too little fat and your burgers will be dry and flavorless. Too much fat and they won’t hold together well. Get your fat right and you are well on your way to the perfect burger. The fat to lean ration should be about 80/20.
The Bun to Meat Ratio: Every burger needs a good bun, however messing up the ratio of meat to bun can be devastating to a burger. Make sure your burger patties are big enough to make the meat the central focus of the dish with the bun just there to hold everything together.
Fresh Toppings: Nothing desecrates the best burgers more than wilted lettuce and unripe tomatoes. Make sure that the toppings included with your burgers are fresh, ripe, and full of flavor. Like the bun, toppings should complement the burger well, and fresh toppings do that best.
Use High-Quality Meat: When it comes to meat – quality counts. Pay a little extra for that top quality meat to make sure you get the best-tasting burger out there.
Don’t Press the Patties: While the patties are on the grill, don’t press down on them. Pressing down on the patty will squeeze out the fat and juice, leaving you with a sad, flavorless patty.
Melt the Cheese Properly: When adding cheese, be sure it melts all the way. Having perfectly melted cheese is a great compliment to a delicious burger.
Only Season the Outside: When seasoning your patties, only season the outside of the meat. There is a tendency to mix the seasoning it while kneading the meat. This usually leads to too much salt and too much seasoning. Let the burger speak for itself, the seasoning should be a light complement to the overall taste.
Seared to Perfection: Aim to sear your burgers from the outside to help trap those flavorful juices in. Getting the perfect sear on a burger not only makes it look incredible, but it also helps keep in the fat and seasonings, giving it a divine taste.
Best Burgers in League City, Texas
Perhaps you aren’t up for grilling out tonight but you still want to sink your teeth into an incredible burger. We serve some of the best burgers you can find in League City. If you have ever passed by you have probably wondered what that incredible aroma is . . . that is the smell of our burgers sizzling and cooking to perfection. Using the highest quality meats, our burger chefs are always cooking fresh, beautiful burgers that will hit the spot every time. Come treat yourself to the best burger around. You will love it.