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To get a reputation as a grill master one has to master the basics first, such as barbecuing the hamburger.
Here are tips on how to choose the right ingredients and how to best maintain the flavor of the meat.
Chef David Eisel of Bob Evans Farms shows us how to grill burger to perfection and gives us his mouth-watering recipe for Backyard Burgers.
- For a better tasting burger, use ground chuck that contains 80 percent lean beef and 20 percent fat.
- For additional flavor add Bob Evans Original Sausage Roll to your burger mixture. The flavor-enhancing effects of the sausage will add a nice layer of flavor and creativity to your classic burger recipe.
- Create nicely shaped burger patties by making an indent in the middle of the patty with your thumb after forming. The indent helps the patty expand lengthwise as the meat tightens during cooking, rather than width-wise.
- When making your own marinade use a mixture of oil with an acid such as vinegar, lime or lemon juice and an aromatic like garlic and onion as well as salt and pepper. Make sure to marinate the meat in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
- When grilling, prevent flare-ups by using the grill lid.
- Use an instant-read thermometer and cook the patties until the internal temperature is at least 165°F. (A lower temperature is not recommended when cooking with sausage.)
- To maintain the flavor and juiciness of the meat never turn the burgers more than once while grilling.
- Always toast the buns on the grill or in a skillet to add another layer of flavor and crunch to the burger.
Eisel shares his Backyard Burger recipe made with Bob Evans Original Sausage Roll for a fun twist.
Chef David Eisel’s Backyard Burger
- 1 lb Bob Evans Original Recipe Sausage Roll
- 1 lb ground chuck 80 percent lean beef/20 percent fat
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ½ c grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 hamburger buns
- lettuce optional
- tomato optional
- onion optional
- In large bowl, combine first five ingredients.
- Form into 8 patties, making an indent in the middle of the patty with your thumb after forming.
- Over medium heat on a grill, cook burgers on each side until done, about 10 to 15 minutes. (To maintain the flavor and juiciness of the meat never turn the burgers more than once while grilling.)
- Toast buns, assemble burger and serve with your favorite toppings.
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