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How to Grill the Perfect Burger at Home

Memorial Day and the summer grilling season is right around the corner, which means cookouts and time spent hosting backyard shindigs with friends. Sure, you’ve got a great grill – but do you have what it takes to make the perfect burger? The Nodding Donkey has a few tips for you on how to make the perfect Dallas burger at home (when you can’t come see us of course):


1.    Buy the Right Meat


You want patties that are juicy and moist, so skip the 90/10 meat even though you may think it’s better because it’s lean. You want a little fat to give the burgers flavor. Instead, opt for a beef chuck that is an 80/20 mix. 


2.    Use the Thumb Technique


Ever made burgers and they poof up like a balloon in the middle, making it very difficult to eat them on a bun? Prevent the balloon effect by gently putting a thumb-shaped divot in each patty before putting them on the grill. That divot will rise, but keep the meat more even when cooking. Genius! 


3.    Don’t Overhandle the Meat


As you’re forming the patties and adding in your secret mix-ins (yes, we know everyone has their own secret formula for the perfect patty), be sure not to overhandle the meat. Overhandling the meat makes the meat dry and hard, not juicy and flavorful. 


Also – be sure not to overhandle the meat on the grill either. Only flip the patty once the patty begins to lift from the grill grate and no longer sticks, but do not press the patty as it cooks. This will only press out precious juices that add flavor.


4.    Make the Patties Larger than the Bun


Meat shrinks as it cooks, which means if you make those patties too small, then the buns are going to seem huge. Instead, form patties that are slightly bigger than your buns in order to make the perfect burger. 


5.    Let the Meat Rest


After grilling, let the patties rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat and create the best burger possible.


Happy Memorial Day from your friends at The Nodding Donkey! 


And as always, if you want to skip all this grilling nonsense and get the best burger in Uptown Dallas prepared for you, then come see us this week at The Nodding Donkey! 

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Want the Best Burgers in Dallas? Join us at The Nodding Donkey Pronto!

So we might be biased…but we’re pretty sure the burgers at The Nodding Donkey just can’t be beat! Here’s why:


1.    The Bun 

 Yall – our bun is not your standard sesame bun that you can get just about anywhere. Instead, we use fresh baked brioche buns that are soft and absolutely delicious to sink your teeth into! Oh – and don’t think you’re out on a bun because you have a gluten free diet? We offer gluten free buns too! Just ask your server.


2.    The Patty

 Each patty is made of 100% all-natural beef and then seared to lock in the juiciness. Our chefs know how to cook it just long enough to get that perfect medium-well patty for maximum flavor. Of course, each burger is made-to-order, so if you’d prefer it well done, we can happily oblige. 

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3.    The Fixins

 We offer 3 amazing burgers, each with carefully selected fixins to make one helluva burger. Let’s start with the Saloon Burger. It’s your classic burger with kick, complete with spicy chipotle mayo, pepper jack cheese, and smoked onions. Want something oozing with flavor? The Mushroom, Onion, and Swiss is probably right up your alley. Enjoy your burger with sautéed mushrooms, perfectly caramelized onions, and all-natural Swiss cheese. And lastly, you can’t go wrong with the Bacon Blue Cheese Burger. Smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and crispy onions make this burger positively delicious. But don’t take our word for it!


4.    The Sides

 What burger is complete without an order of fresh cut fries? Each burger comes with your choice of fries, potato salad, fruit, or side salad.


So if you’re looking for the best burger in Dallas, join us at The Nodding Donkey in Dallas, Texas to see what you think of ours! Just don’t forget to order one of our ice cold craft beers to go with it.