A Better Burger

Title: A Better Burger
Categories: None
Yield: 4 Servings

1 1/4 lb 100 percent ground chuck
3/4 ts Salt
1/4 ts Ground black pepper
Hamburger buns and desired

1. Break up chuck to increase surface area for seasoning. Sprinkle salt and
pepper over meat” toss lightly with hands to distribute seasoning. Divide
meat into four equal portions (5 ounces each)- with cupped hands,

toss one portion of meat back and forth to form loose ball. Pat lightly to
flatten into 1 -inch-thick burger, 3 1/2 to 4 inches across, using
fingertips to create pocked, textured surface. Repeat with remaining
portions of meat.

2. If grilling, heat enough coals to make hot fire. When coals are hot and
covered with white ash, spread them in single layer. Position grill rack

and lid-, heat until rack is very hot, about 5 minutes. Place burgers on

rack-, cover and grill, turning once, to desired doneness as follows: 3
minutes per side for rare, 4 minutes per side for medium-rare, 5 minutes

on first side and 4 minutes on second side for medium, and 5 minutes per

side for well done. If pan-broiling, heat skillet over medium-high heat.

When skillet is hot (drops of water flicked into it evaporate immediately),
add parties and cook, turning once, to desired doneness, using same times
as if grilling. Serve immediately with buns and desired


Cook’s Illustrated, July/Aug. 1995, Page 15. Credit: Pam Anderson with
Karen Tack.

Nationality: USA Course: entree Season:any Method: grilled

Start to Finish 1 hour Preparation 5 minutes Attention 45 minutes Finishing
a minute or less

Converted from Mangia!, Cook’s Illustrated 1993-1995 Cookbook

NOTES : You can grill this burger, or pan-broil it in a twelve-inch
cast-iron or nonstick skillet or a stovetop grill pan.
Recipe by: Cook’s Illustrated, July/Aug. 1995, Page 15

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by “Hobbs, D B USO”
on Mar 10, 1998