Great grilled hamburger recipes quick-change ordinary hamburgers into fabulous guest food.
With simple or exotic ingredients (well, exotic for hamburgers) like chipotle peppers, chives, blue cheese, cognac, or wild mushrooms, burgers get a major make-over. Then there's good ol' onion soup mix.
Don't miss these grilling tips: How to Grill Hamburgers, Goldilocks-Style.
3 pounds (20% fat) ground chuck
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Toppings and condiments as desired
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
In a large bowl, mix the ground chuck, salt and pepper together, but don't overwork it.
Divide the meat mixture into 8 equal portions. Lightly work one portion into a ball and gently press it to form a patty about 3/4 inch thick. Repeat for all 8 portions, then make a well, or depression in the center of the patties to about 1/2 inch. (Prevents dome-burgers.)
Coat the grill with cooking oil. Transfer the patties to the grill, well-side up, and grill for 2 1/2 minutes on the first side. Flip and grill for another 2 to 4 minutes, as desired, for rare to well-done hamburgers. (See the How to Grill Hamburgers link, above.)
Remove immediately and serve on lightly grill-toasted buns with the condiments of your choice.
It's amazing that hamburger, salt and pepper can taste so good cooked together, but to make a great hamburger, add goodies to the ground meat mixture and grill as above, not forgetting the salt and pepper, of course:
Add 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack, Swiss or Cheddar cheese.
Blue Cheese Burgers:
Add 6 ounces crumbled blue cheese.
Lightly sauté 2 to 3 tablespoons minced garlic with 1/4 cup minced scallions. Cool and add to the meat mixture along with 2 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers, preferably packed in adobo sauce.
Wild Mushroom Burgers:
Soak 1 ounce of dried shitake or porcini mushrooms in very hot water until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain, squeeze out any excess water with paper towels, and chop finely. Add to the meat mixture along with 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme.
Combine 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 3 cloves garlic, minced. Work into the meat mixture.
The Story of Umami Burgers
Stir together 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons cognac, and 2 tablespoons fresh minced chives. Add to the basic meat mixture.
Classic Onion Burgers:
Add 2 packages dry Lipton onion soup mix, zest of 1 lemon, and a pinch of cayenne, or to taste.
Credits: The Best Meat Recipes 2008 by Cooks Illustrated / America's Test Kitchen
Back to BBQ for sides and salads
to go with the Grilled Hamburger Recipes