The perfect burger!

I have been in the pursuit of the perfect tasting burger. I had never been a fan of a thick burger, I would rather have a thin burger. Heck, sometimes I take the meat off and eat the veggies and the bun. But I have really grown to like the taste of a great hamburger or steak.

After a lot of research and learning different techniques, I believe I have found the perfect burger. One that got all thumbs up from my family. That is a huge feat on its own!! My first step was upgrading my barbeque grill. We had been using the side of a smoker and charcoal. Controlling the heat was not great in the smoker and the taste of charcoal is not my favorite. I had ordered an infra-red Char-Broil Grill to give it a try. It is not a big one, as we are just a small family and don’t have the use for a huge grill. So far I really am enjoying it. Clean up is a little more involved than regular grates in a grill, but worth the juiciness that it creates in the meats.

Next would be purchasing fresh ground beef. I would call the store or if the butcher is on duty, asking for some fresh ground beef. It makes a huge difference in the taste, trust me! When I made the patties I formed nice thick patties, placed on a pan and made an indention in the center. Kind of a well in the patty. In this well I placed a pat of butter. Then you take a piece of ground beef and cover the butter. Season the top of the patties with pepper, Montana Steak Seasoning (I use this on all meats!!), and garlic salt.

A good use of old cookie sheets, transporting meat to the grill.
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Place on the grill heated to 450˚ and grill for 6 minutes. Absolutely do not flatten or touch the patties until they are ready to flip. After 6 minutes, flip them over and grill untouched for 6 more minutes. Place cheese on top if you would like. Pull off the grill and let sit for 5 minutes.

While you are waiting for the meat to sit, melt some butter and take your hamburger rolls and spread butter on all side of them. Lightly dust with garlic salt and place on grill. Toast to the desired color.

The best part is building your burger! Put all the toppings that you think make the perfect burger. For me, it is essential to have a tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. On the pickle note: I absolutely love the Famous Dave’s Signature Spicy Pickle Chips. They have just enough dill, sweetness and zing. Give them a try the link is above along with the Montana Steak Seasoning.


This received thumbs up from all my family, and it was a simple recipe that you usually have in your refrigerator at all times. I had spent too much time on extravagant ingredients trying to produce something that didn’t taste like cardboard, and it just shows you that sometimes the most simple is best.

Do you have a favorite way to grill a cheeseburger? Leave me a comment and tell me about it.

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