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!

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