Tips & Techniques

5 Links to Read Before Building a Better Burger

July  3, 2013

Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master a cooking technique. Culinary greatness, here you come.

Today: Build the ultimate burger for your Fourth of July party.

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For an all-American cookout, burgers are a must. And though dressing them up (with, say, bleu cheese and caramelized onions) is our favorite part of the process, it’s crucial to start with a solid base of burger-building knowledge.

Chill the beer, light the grill, and cook up burgers worthy of your Fourth of July celebration -- we've got you covered with these links.

  • Before you start, review these ten tips to take your burger to the next level. (Serious Eats.)
  • For those of you building a vegetarian patty, consider this guide your new best friend. (Food and Wine.)
  • Next, you’ll want to shape the perfect patty. (Bon Appetit.) Here’s a video to walk you through it. (PopSugar.)
  • Once you get the burgers on the grill, here’s how to make sure they don’t get puffy. (Food52.) Or too dry. (The Kitchn.) 

After you learn the basics, get fancy: beet burgers, lamb burgers, tuna burgers, and bean burgers are all fair game, too!

What are your tips for making the ultimate burger? Tell us in the comments!