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All Our Best Tips for Making the Best Burgers—in One Place

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Everyone makes it sound and look so easy. Let's throw a couple of burgers on the grill is a suggestion all well and good, but heck, it also suggests there's already grill ready to have burgers thrown onto it—and burgers to grill, and that you're feeling confident enough to be throwing them around. But there's room for all in the burger-grilling game, which is why we rounded up all our very best tips for burger-making in one easy, read-it-as-you're-standing-by-the-grill place. Whether you're a newbie or an old hand looking for a new trick—or a special sauce of your own, or a homemade bun—you'll find something here. And you'll be throwing burgers (your best yet!) onto the grill with grace in no time.

Burger Basics (Start Here!)

Form your own burgers. Form your own burgers! (And more tips for beginners.)

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6 Tips for Building a Better Burger

Next, befriend your butcher and ask for custom blends (the higher the fat content, the more flavorful the burger).

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10 Steps to Becoming a Burger Expert

And beware the puffy burger.

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Tips for Grilling the Perfect (Non-Puffy) Burger

A few tricks for shaping, seasoning, and grilling burger patties, from a our friendly butcher-friend Cara Nicoletti to you.

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5 Tricks to Making a Really Excellent Burger

The Meat of the Matter

For a burger impressively layered with flavor (and very moist), lard it with bacon and chorizo. (You read that right.)

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Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers

Or add cold butter right to the meat blend, as in this burger.

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Building the Perfect Cheeseburger

Your blend need not be beef and beef alone! Try salmon, tuna, chicken, lamb...

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12 Burgers To Make at Your Next Outdoor Celebration

Add other things—like pickles!—right to your blend, too.

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5 Savory Mix-Ins for Better Burgers

"Perilously juicy"—and crispy from being smashed (!), and layered with a slice of cheese. Genius!

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The Genius, Rule-Breaking Secret to Better Burgers

Sometimes you want a meat burger. Sometimes you want a vegetarian one. Here are 12 reeeeally good ones.

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12 Veggie Burgers to Keep Non-Meat Eaters Happy at Every Summer Cookout

Or learn to make an essential tofu burger (and then riff on it).

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How to Make Vegan Tofu Burgers You'll Want to Eat

Or go rogue entirely, starting with a can of beans and dream.

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How to Make Any Veggie Burger Without a Recipe

Gilding the Lily

Ketchup and mustard and pickles are all fine, but every burger-flipper needs their own special sauce.

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11 Condiments for Burgers

But don't just leave it at the special sauce. Pimento cheese, potato chips, fried eggs—all fair game.

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17 Toppings That Prove the Most Important Part of a Burger Is Not the Burger

Is the bun just as important as the patty? You know it.

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DIY Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

But it doesn't always have to be a bun. Here are 10 ways to sandwich 'em otherwise.

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10 Ways to Sandwich Your Burger

And now you're ready to test your burger IQ:

Think You Know Burgers? Take This Quiz to Find Out
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Think You Know Burgers? Take This Quiz to Find Out

What are your best tips, tricks, and cautionary tales for burger-makers? Tell us in the comments.

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