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!