the-best-burger-recipeIn honor of last Thursday being National Burger Day, here are some tips from around the office at 1st Advantage Mortgage on how to prepare the best burger.

To start, use 2/3 Ground beef and 1/3 Ground pork. It’s important to season the meat prior to making the patty. Everyone agrees that the best burgers need a dash of Worcestershire sauce to add extra flavor and keep the burgers juicy. You can also add in a bit of bread crumbs, minced onions and an egg for moisture and texture, as well as Kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper. However, you should be careful not to overwork the meat mixture prior to making the patty because it will make the burger less juicy.

Use high heat to sear the patty on the grill on both sides for a few minutes to lock in the juices, then turn the fire down to finish the cooking process. Gas grills are easiest because you can adjust the heat and size of the flame instantly by turning a knob and opening the lid. Never press down on the burger or you’ll have dry patties. Also, don’t flip more than once or you will lose the juice in the burger patties.

If you want an extra kick, you can add chili paste to your ketchup. And if you’re feeling cheesy, you can cut up some sharp cheddar into small cubes and mix it with the beef before cooking.  You can even make a Juicy Lucy, which is a burger with cheese cooked in the middle. To do this, put a whole chunk of cheese in between 2 patties and follow the cooking instructions above.

The best burgers are enjoyed on a soft bun with craft beer. Enjoy your burgers and let us know what else you’d like to try.