Hamburgers are a crowd-pleasing entree for summer barbecues or family dinners, and it’s easy to increase the recipe for a few diners or a large group. From elaborate gourmet burgers made with Stilton and applewood-smoked bacon, or ground ginger and fried onions to traditional burgers served with ketchup and pickles, hamburgers are favored by gourmands and picky eaters alike. It’s the meat that makes or breaks a burger, but by gently handling the beef and cooking it over high heat, your patties will be grilled to perfection.
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Spray non-stick cooking spray on clean grill grates while the heat is still turned off.
Turn the heat to high per your grill’s instructions. When working with propane grills, keep the lid open until you are sure that it is lit. Allow to heat until the desired temperature is reached.
Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
Fold the meat and seasonings together gently, using your hands. Use a light hand when handling the meat. Over-handling will result in dry, tough patties.
Form the meat into a ball at the bottom of the bowl. Use a light touch. With the side of your hand, score the meat into equal fourths.
Take one-fourth of the meat into your hands and gently press it together to form a round patty that is about 3/4-inch thick throughout. Repeat until you have four patties and place them on one of the plates.
Check the grill’s temperature to see if it is ready to cook the hamburger patties. To do so, hold your hand about 5 inches above the grill. If you can do so for five to six seconds, then the grill is at low heat. Holding your hand over the grill for three to four seconds means the grill is at medium heat. When you can only hold your hand over the grill for only one second, it is at high heat and is ready to grill your hamburgers.
Place each patty on the grill using the spatula. Allow them to brown on the bottom before flipping them. This should take about four minutes. Do not press the meat with the spatula as this will force the juices from the patties, resulting in dry and tough burgers.
Flip the patties and grill until they are cooked throughout. This should be for about eight minutes.
Place the patties on the second plate for serving.
Turn the heat off according to your grill’s instructions.