Today I grilled the perfect burger. Seriously. The best damn burger I ever ate.
In the process I proved two things: 1) Practice makes perfect; and 2) I’m a slow learner.
So how do you make a perfect burger? It’s actually really simple, but executing right takes some practice. If you’d like your next BBQ session to end up in something delicious instead of charcoal pucks, read on.
First, you need to buy good ground meat. 15% fat works well for grilling. If you can get ground sirloin, do it.
Right before you fire up the grill, make your patties. I recommend at least half a pound of ground meat per patty. Roll the meat into a ball, then squish it into a patty shape. The key here is to touch the meat as little as possible. You’re not at the prom with the meat—just make the shape, then leave it alone. Make the patties concave, that is, put a big indent in the middle. This is crucial. The indent means you won’t need to squash the burgers when you grill them, which would drain the juices. You want the juices. The juices are good.
Preheat the grill to hot, and then keep the burners on high when you grill. This will give the patties a nice crust.
Keep a close eye on the grill. You will get grease fires. Once that happens, move the meat away from the fire.
Put the patties on the grill and leave them for 10 minutes, then turn.
Check the patties again after about 5 minutes. If you like your meat pink it might be done by now. If not, turn it.
Wait another five and check again. If you want your burger well done, it should be done by now.
Where people go wrong is that they think they have to micromanage the grill. You don’t. You want the lid to be closed.
If there’s a lot of smoke, you probably have a grease fire. In that case, move the meat, then close the lid. Remember, a closed lid is a good lid.
So, police your grease fires, but apart from that, leave the patties alone and let the grill do its thing.
You do this, and you will have some seriously fantastic burgers.
Posted Sunday, 02 May, 2010 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.