10 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger

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Here at BBC, we're pretty picky about how we make our burgers. For good reason, that is. To make sure YOU have the best, tastiest experience at our restaurants. Whether you're going with the All American burger (it's a classic!) or as wild as the WTF (we named it that for a reason), here's how we make them awesome.

  1. Use 80/20 ground chuck. A relatively high fat content guarantees a juicy burger. Trust us, it’s worth the splurge. If you’re going to eat a burger, it might as well taste damn good.

  2. Make a thumbprint in the middle of the patty before cooking. Use your thumb to make an impression in the center of the burger to prevent it from puffing up. Otherwise, you get a plump center and you’ll want to smash it down -- a big no no, especially while cooking!

  3. Season the burger well. We use a special rub here at Boston Burger Company, but at the very least, you should liberally sprinkle your patty with salt and pepper.

  4. Cook your burger over high heat. Make sure your grill or pan is hot hot hot. This will produce a really great crust. Allow the burger to cook on the first side for 3-5 minutes until you...

  5. Flip once! And only once. But don’t rush the process. A perfect crust will take at least 3 minutes. Otherwise your meat will fall apart and you’ll lose that perfect round shape. It needs to fit the bun, after all. Flip the burger and continue cooking until a crust has formed on the bottom and the burger is cooked to your desired doneness. An additional 4 minutes will give you a medium-cooked burger -- chef’s preference!

  6. Know how long to cook it. We here at BBC prefer a burger that is pink and juicy in the middle -- somewhere between medium-rare and medium. Here’s some cooking times to help you during the process. Rare: 6 minutes. Medium-rare: 7 minutes. Medium: 8 minutes. Medium-well: 9 minutes. Well-done: 11 minutes.

  7. Don’t press the burger! Do not, we repeat, do NOT press the burger down with the spatula as it cooks. Pressing down on it will squeeze out all the delicious juices, taking all the moisture and flavor with it. For the love of everything burgers, just let the patty sit and cook.  

  8. Add cheese! And maybe more than one type. A mix of two cheeses will really intensify the burger’s overall flavor. A good ol’ slice of American is perfect, but if you feel like spicing things up with a slice of Cheddar Jack -- do your thing!

  9. Add some steam to help the cheese melt. Once you’ve topped the burger patty with cheese, add a few splashes of water and immediately cover the pan. Allow the water to steam and, for about 30 seconds, let cheese completely melt. There’s nothing better than a burger with a patty covered in warm, gooey cheese.

  10. Use soft buns. When you lift your burger to the face, a soft bun molds itself around the patty. This ensures the best burger to bun ratio for each bite. No forks allowed!

Got any burger tips for us? Comment below!

It's Time to Frappe, Crackle, & Pop!

Snap, crackle, and pop yourself into the kitchen. It's time to make a frappe!

Our May #FreakFrappe special is cereal-ously delicious. Just look at it

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Cereal and milk for breakfast is one thing, but cereal and ice cream is another. It's way better. Er, freakier. We don't play around with our monthly frappe specials, and this on is sure to give you a [Rice Krispies] treat. Here's how to make it at home. That is, if you're crazy enough not to be running to one of the restaurants to suck one down.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. vanilla ice cream
  • 6 oz. whole milk
  • vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup Fruity Pebbles
  • 1 Rice Krispies treat
  • strawberry puree
  • whipped cream

Directions:

  1.  Coat top two inches of a pint glass with vanilla frosting. Don't be afraid to lay it on thick. Toss some Fruity Pebbles on a plate, then roll frosted glass onto sprinkles to coat rim. Repeat if necessary. The more, the better!
  2. In a blender, whip ice cream, milk, and a handful of Fruity Pebbles. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth. 
  3. Drizzle inside of pint glass with strawberry syrup. Pour frappe in glass.
  4. Spread vanilla frosting on one side of the Rice Krispies treat. Roll onto Fruity Pebbles to coat. Place on top of the glass, or use a skewer to add it as a garnish. Top with whipped cream and extra Fruity Pebbles. Slurp, slurp, ENJOY!!!

We're running this special through May. Do NOT miss it!!

Welcome to The Peep Show...

...where all your bunny fantasies come true.

Wait. Get your mind out of the gutter. We're talking about a #freakfrappe!!!

Throughout the month of April, we're serving up something you'll definitely want to peep on.

The Peep Show #FreakFrappe

What's inside? An Angel Food Cake Frappe with chocolate syrup, rainbow sprinkles, jelly beans, and a few of those bunnies people go nuts for. And because no frappe can be served without a massive slab of something sweet, we threw a piece of Angel Food Cake on top. It wouldn't be a Boston Burger Company #freakfrappe without a touch of outrageous.

Sip on this all month long for only 11 bucks. Or try and make it yourself. Then send us pics because we want to peep on yours too.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. vanilla ice cream
  • 6 oz. whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. of Angel Food Cake mix
  • chocolate syrup
  • vanilla frosting
  • rainbow sprinkles
  • a slice of Angel Food Cake
  • jelly beans
  • marshmallow peeps
  • whipped cream

Directions:

  1.  Coat top two inches of a pint glass with vanilla frosting. Don't be afraid to lay it on thick. Toss some rainbow sprinkles on a plate, then roll frosted glass onto sprinkles to coat rim. Repeat if necessary. The more sprinkles, the better!
  2. In a blender, whip ice cream, milk, and Angel Food Cake mix. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth. 
  3. Drizzle inside of pint glass with chocolate syrup. Pour frappe in glass, leaving about 1/4 inch unfilled. Fill remainder with whipped cream.
  4. Place a slice of Angel Food Cake on top of glass. Top cake with whipped cream. Garnish cake and plate with marshmallow peeps and jelly beans. Drizzle with more chocolate syrup. Slurp, slurp, ENJOY!!!

Move Over Shamrock Shake - THIS Is The Ultimate Boozy St. Patrick's Day #FreakFrappe

Today's post brought to you today by Christina Orso, Marketing Director, food blogger, and chocolate connoisseur.

If you're a fan of Boston Burger Company, you already know we take what ordinary people do and make it bigger. Bigger, better, and tastier. Have you SEEN our burgers? They're large.

Last year we took it upon ourselves to increase the size of something else. No, no, get your head out of the gutter. We're talking about milkshakes. Frappes if you're in New England -- get it right before you order one. Whether you're vanilla or you're chocolate, or somewhere in the twisted middle, we have a frappe for you. 

And while we have our core list of frappes at all three restaurants, we also have a rotating monthly special that'll make your eyes bug out. You'll stare at it in disbelief. You'll drool a little. Then you'll hop on the T and make your way over because there's just no way you're not tasting this.

Our March special is what we consider a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. With a hell of a lot more green than that meteorological phenomenon people seem to lose their shit over. Get your tastebuds ready, because we're about to Shamrock Your World.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. vanilla ice cream
  • 6 oz. whole milk
  • 5 peppermint patties
  • mint-flavored vodka, if you like to get weird
  • chocolate syrup
  • green food coloring
  • green frosting (or use vanilla with 2 drops of green food coloring mixed in)
  • Lucky Charms cereal
  • green sugar/sprinkles
  • a slice of Irish Cream Mousse Cake
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1.  Coat top two inches of a pint glass with green frosting. Don't be afraid to lay it on thick. Pour some Lucky Charms onto a flat plate then roll frosted rim around to coat with cereal. Add pieces by hand if necessary. Layer it up!!
  2. In a blender, whip ice cream, milk, peppermint patties, 2 drops of green food coloring, and booze if you decided to get weird. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth. 
  3. Drizzle inside of pint glass with chocolate syrup. Pour frappe in glass, leaving about 1/4 inch unfilled. Fill remainder with whipped cream.
  4. Place a slice of Irish Cream Mousse Cake. Add more whipped cream because why not. Sprinkle with sugar and drizzle with more chocolate syrup. Slurp, slurp, ENJOY!!!

Hint hint: St. Paddy's Day is on Friday. We party hard in Boston. You can drink your green beer, or you can drink this. Or both... See ya at the BBC.