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It’s grilling season! And that means it’s time to talk burgers and hamburger seasoning.
Our favorite hamburger seasoning uses some very basic ingredients that you already have in your pantry: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
Good hamburgers are an art. In our opinion, they need to be hot of the grill with a slight char-grilled outside and juicy inside. Plus, they must be easy to throw together.
Why easy? Because half the time that we grill hamburgers, we’re having a party with friends. When having a party, we’d much rather be talking to friends than slaving away making a burger. Easy is a must.
That brings us to the perfect hamburger seasoning. If you get the beef and the hamburger seasoning right, you end up with an amazing burger. Every. Time.
Before we talk about the hamburger seasoning, let’s get some basics out of the way
What’s the difference between Ground Beef and Hamburger?
These terms may be used interchangeably, but there is a difference. Ground Beef can only be made using meat, trimmings and fat from primal cuts. Hamburger can have extra fat added to it, such as beef shank, to create the desired fat content. Both hamburger and ground beef may have no more than 30 percent fat by weight.
How to make the perfect hamburger patty (so it isn’t tough and doesn’t ball up):
- If you want a rich, juicy burger, choose ground beef with a higher fat content, such as ground chuck that’s about 80% lean.
- Don’t overwork the beef! If you do, you’ll have tough burgers. Leave the ground beef in the refrigerator until you’re ready to season it and form patties. When ready, gently fold the hamburger seasoning into the beef. This should only take about 30-45 seconds. Then, form patties and place back in the refrigerator until it’s time to grill.
- To make a hamburger patty that won’t puff up when cooked, use your thumb to create a wide shallow indention in the center of the hamburger patties. Make patties about 1 inch thick at the edges and about 1 inch larger in circumference than the bun you plan to use.
How to grill the burger:
- Place patties on a hot grill for equal lengths of time on each side.
- When flipping burgers, use a spatula, and only flip. Don’t press. If you press down on the patties, you’ll lose the juices that make the burger moist.
When to remove hamburger from the grill?
The only way to tell the internal temperature of beef is to take the internal temperature with a digital meat thermometer. (Side note: our favorite digital meat thermometers that we couldn’t live without in our kitchen are the ThermoPop and Thermapen Mk4,)
When checking the temperature, remember that beef’s temperature will continue to rise as it rests. Remove beef from heat when the thermometer reads about 5-10°F lower than the desired doneness, and let them rest for 5-10
Here are the temperatures you’re looking for:
- Rare burgers, cook for 4 minutes total (125°F)
- Medium-rare burgers, cook for 5 minutes total (135°F)
- Medium burgers, cook for 6 to 7 minutes total (145°F)
- Well-done burgers, cook for 8 to 9 minutes total (160 °F)
Hamburger Seasoning Recipe:
Best Hamburger Seasoning
- 1 pound Clover Meadows Beef all natural ground beef
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 1 ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp dark brown sugar
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
- Combine paprika, pepper, salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
- Mix the mixture into the ground beef with your hands.
- Create hamburger patties and grill hamburgers as usual.
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One more thing!
Do you want to learn more about beef? Below are a few popular beef posts and recipes you may like. In addition, we have an entire ebook about beef that goes through purchasing and preparing beef from a farmers perspective.
- Buying a Cow. How Much Beef Is It?
- Is It Done Yet? Why Every Kitchen Needs a Digital Meat Thermometer and the Best One
- Dry Rub or Marinade for Steak? Know What’s Best
- Ebook – An Essential Guide to Beef: A Cattle Farm Shares How to Purchase & Prepare Beef
We have a weekly e-newsletter where we share about farm happenings, when our next beef availability is, and all things beef. When you do, you’ll get a cheat sheet with 9-must-ask questions before buying beef directly from a farmer.
Do you have other questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We love to talk beef!
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