There are many foods that are American favorites; however, eating a burger is just about as American as it gets. Did you know Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers a year? There is no burger that is the same as another. Depending on what you like to put on your burger, it is so easy to make yourself a one that is in a league of its own. Have you ever thought about what actually makes the perfect burger? If you follow these six basic elements, you will be able to successfully make the perfect patty.
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The best burgers are made from freshly ground, high-grade beef in an 80/20 mix. Always flavor your meat with salt and pepper before shaping the beef into a patty. A high fat content is a key to delicious, moist burgers; so, be sure that your meat is about 40% fat. Even though the temperature that a burger is cooked at varies upon personal preference, burger experts claim that medium rare-medium is the perfect temperature to a perfectly moist burger.
When choosing a bun for your burger, it is extremely important to choose a bun that can stand up to the greasy and soggy textures of your burger. Burger buns should be fresh and lightly toasted. Also, always make sure that you have a good burger to bun ratio. You do not want to have more bun than burger and vice versa.
Putting cheese on your burger is not always mandatory, but is absolutely a delicious addition to a burger. Most people stick with American cheese as their go-to cheese on their cheeseburger, but no matter what cheese you choose, always make sure it is perfectly melted onto the patty. To get that oozing, melted effect that everyone craves, the perfect time to add cheese to your burger is about two minutes before the burger is finished cooking.
The types of toppings you can put on a burger are literally endless. There are so many different combinations you can make to create a burger that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Some of the classics are lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles, but don’t limit yourself. A common American favorite, for example, is the Bacon Cheeseburger. If you choose one topping or multiple toppings, any amount of toppings are sure to make a burger better and better.
The most common sauce for a burger has always been, and most likely will always be, ketchup. Not only is ketchup a great choice, but there are many other options to pair it with. Some people enjoy the classic combo of ketchup and mustard or some like to top their burger with the combo of ketchup and mayonnaise.
6. Overall Texture
The perfect texture of a burger is difficult to define in words, but extremely easy to spot while you are eating it. A soggy bun with limp lettuce, wet tomato and chewy meat is not perfect on any standards. But, a juicy, moist burger on a firm, fresh bun with crunchy lettuce, melted cheese and juicy, red tomato is sure to please.
When creating the perfect burger, you want to keep in mind that you or someone else actually needs to eat it, so make sure it is edible. An over-packed burger might look and taste delicious, but this makes for messy eating. A little spillage is normal, but explosive burgers are nowhere near perfect. You want to enjoy every last bite of your burger. Come into Tiff’s today and create your own perfect burger masterpiece, or try one of our own crafted specialties!