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How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger

by
author image Tara Carson
Based in Richmond, Va., Tara Carson has written articles for editorial and corporate online and print publications for more than 10 years. She has experience as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Northwest Christian University and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and nutrition from Virginia Commonwealth University.
How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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Sometimes the simplest food items are the most challenging to cook. Many Americans grill up charred, dry burgers that defy the medium-rare, juicy, perfectly disc-shaped burgers they set out to make. Making a perfect burger is more attainable than it seems. Gather the correct ingredients and follow a few techniques, and you will be the hero of your backyard grilling party. The leaner the beef, the fewer calories you will consume. A 6-ounce beef burger, 85 percent lean, contains 360 calories before you add a bun and condiments. A 6-ounce turkey burger contains 180 to 300 calories. Try a leaner ground meat for a healthier option.

Step 1

How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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Turn the gas grill burners on the highest setting, and close the lid. Heat for approximately 10 minutes. For a charcoal grill, light the charcoal about 30 minutes prior to grilling.

Step 2

How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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Season the hamburger meat with salt and pepper. Use the kitchen scale to weigh six 6-ounce portions, or separate the ground meat into six equally sized segments.

Step 3

How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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Flatten the meat into patties approximately four inches in diameter.

Step 4

How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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Depress the center of the patties about a half inch to prevent the patties from puffing up during cooking and creating a dome-shaped burger.

Step 5

How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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Clean the grill rack with a wire brush, and using tongs, apply vegetable oil with a handful of paper towels. Add the hamburger patties to the grill. Do not press down on them.

Step 6

How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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On the gas grill, allow to cook three minutes on the first side, flip, and grill approximately three-and-a-half minutes on the second side for medium-rare. On the charcoal grill, cook for two minutes on the first side, flip, and cook about two-and-a-half minutes on the second side.

Step 7

How to Grill a Medium-Rare Burger
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Grill the hamburger buns for 30 seconds just before serving. The Cook's Illustrated test kitchen recommends using a hamburger bun with a hearty texture that stands up to condiments and remains moist after grilling.

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