Grill A Better Burger

With our new Market District Dress Up Kits, we’ve got you covered in terms of toppings. Now, we want to help you bring the best burgers and buns to the table. From selecting the most flavorful meat to perfecting your patties, try this simple-to-follow advice for serving up super-juicy burgers!

Build the Perfect Patty
When choosing the ground meat, stick to a ratio of 80% lean to 20% fat. Ground sirloin is our favorite. Or, try a mix! Bison and beef work well together as the beef adds fat and flavor to the very-lean bison.

Form patties that are thick enough to hold up to the heat — but don’t over-handle them. The more you work with the mixture, the tougher it will become.

Adding salt to the meat before cooking can draw out moisture. Instead, season as you grill, adding the salt and pepper one side at a time.

Before grilling, use your thumb to make an indentation in the middle of each burger. Not only will they better maintain their shape, they also won’t puff up, making it way easier to stack your toppings.

Once the burgers are on the grill, don’t press down on them with the spatula — doing so squeezes out all of the good stuff (yep, the very tasty fat).

If you must have that crisscross pattern on your patty, flip the burger a maximum of three times. But really, one flip is all you need. If the patty is sticking to the grate, the burger isn’t ready to flip yet.

Prepare a Better Bun
First off, make sure your patties are big enough to fill the buns you’ve chosen. The burgers will inevitably shrink a bit when cooked.

How-To: Brush both side of each bun with olive oil or melted butter. Right before removing the burgers from the heat, place the buns facedown on a clean part of the grill. Heat for 20-30 seconds, infusing the bread a hit of flavor and a hint of char.

Whip Up a Secret Sauce
We’re kinda crazy for really yummy condiments. So, we took some of our favorites and whipped them up a little differently. Try these infused sauces (or if you’re a burger purist, by all means, stick with simplicity). Start with your base ingredient and add the flavor in a little at a time to taste.

Ketchup + Maple Syrup
Honey + Fresh Jalapenos
Greek Yogurt + Fresh Dill + Crumbled Feta
Barbecue Sauce + Chopped Onion
Mayonnaise + Horseradish
Dijon Mustard + Market District Raspberry Fruit Syrup