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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!

10 Pieces of Bar Equipment You Never Knew You Needed

1. A Whiskey Wedge Glass: This glass chills your whiskey without watering it down. Perfect for the Jameson lover in you.

2. Wooden Martini Glasses: Whether you are just a classy girl or a macho guy trying to hide the fact that you love girly martinis, these are for you. 

3. A CO2 powered Wine Bottle Opener: Nothing says, “I’m cool” quite like being able to open a wine bottle with the push of a button.

4. Wooden Massachusetts Beer Cap Map: Not quite a tool, but still equally important. This wooden piece is the perfect touch to your home bar.

5. Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker: There is just something about mason jars that make every drink cooler. Add a shaker to that and you’ve basically hit perfection. 

6. Vinotini Flip Glasses: Is it a wine night or martini night? Why not both? These reversible glasses give you the option to sit back and relax with a glass of pinot, or stir things up with a martini. The choice is yours. Buy them here.

7. Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle: Steel is the ultimate metal of manliness and this mortar and pestle makes muddling mint 150% more macho.

8. Birthday Cake Jello Shots: Sometimes the kid in us just needs to be let free. You’re never too old for cake and these jello shots can turn any party into a wild birthday celebration.

9. Copper Barrel Mug: This take on a Moscow Mule Mug sets itself apart from the rest. The perfect addition to your man-cave lies in this fine piece of craftsmanship.

10. Beaker Jigger: Go ahead, let your nerdy side show. This beaker jigger allows you to play mad-scientist in the comfort of your own bar.

Step Up Your Tomato Game

If you’re a fellow New Englander, you know that finding a perfectly ripe tomato only happens for a few weeks each year. From late July into August, we relish (in?) the abundance of red, ripe, and juicy local tomatoes. The rest of the year we’re stuck with less flavorful options that have travelled thousand of miles to end up in our grocery cart. Here’s how we get creative and transform bland tomatoes into something delicious.

Tomatoes are in fact a fruit, but often referred to as a vegetable because of their affinity for savory ingredients. At the Boston Burger Company, we prove this example true with our Bruschetta Burger. Upon first bite, close your eyes and drift away to an island off the Amalfi Coast. Instantly, you’re transported to a paninoteca, dining al fresco.

Wouldn’t that be nice? Here’s how you can cure your wanderlust and make our bruschetta at home.

Take your tomato and chop in a ¼-inch dice. Thinly slice 2-3 fresh basil leaves into strips. Place diced tomato and basil into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of a high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt & pepper to taste and mix until combined. Allow the tomato mixture to sit for at least 2 hours -- the longer the marinating time, the more delicious the end result.

Add bruschetta to burgers, sandwiches, salads, eggs and more. You’ll be living the summer dream all year round.

How to choose the best tomatoes:

  1. Look for firm tomatoes with wrinkle-free skins and a noticeable tomato scent. You’ll get the sweetest flavor if the tomatoes are fully ripened before picking, but there’s a quick fix for buying underripe tomatoes. Just stick them in a brown paper bag at room temperature, or place on a windowsill. Within a day or two, your tomatoes will have a much sweeter, juicier flavor.

  2. Tomatoes taste best soon after picking, so when possible seek out locally grown tomatoes. Look at the leafy tops for a sign of freshness. Choose perky, bright green leaves over wilted. Avoid any with signs of mold.