Hamburgers are the perfect summer time meal. Everyone knows that some people can grill a great burger, and others not so much. Be the star of the barbecue by preparing the perfect hamburger. You do not not have to be an expert to grill a great burger and even experts leave a lot to be desired when it comes to creating a hamburger that truly tastes great.
The first step in creating a great burger is selecting the right meat. I suggest an 80/20 meat. A higher fat content just renders out and leads to flare ups and a leaner meat dries out too fast. 80/20 is an affordable option and is more forgiving in terms of the cook time.
Add just a little moisture and seasoning before you make the patties. I would suggest a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce per pound of meat and teaspoon of seasoning. Season salt or cajun seasoning work great. Form thick patties, and should for 1/3 pound weight. The easy way to do this is look at the package of meat you buy and multiple the weight by 3 to determine how many patties you should end up with. This will make large burgers, but they will hold up well on the grill and by the time you are done cooking your guests will have a large burger that makes an impression.
Once the patties are made, coat both sides with garlic powder and season salt. Let them warm up a bit before putting them on a hot grill (400F or so). Cook on each side for about 5 minutes without smashing (if it is not cooked enough you will mash the burger through the grill grate). Once you have a nice char on each side, flip regularly and smash each patty. When the juice running of the burger is clear you should be good to go.
Place thick sliced cheese over the patties and close the grill lid for about 2 minutes to melt the cheese completely. Do not let cool too much before serving, and make sure you have enough for everyone to have seconds! Happy grilling!