By Woman's Day Kitchen
burgers on the grill
Make the Perfect Burger
Ketchup, fine. Cheese, sure. But why not take your patties to a happier place with surprising fixings that will please every palate? No matter which of the following five fabulous burgers you cook up, these grilling tips will guarantee patty perfection. Photo credit: iStock
1 Heat grill to medium-high. Start with 1 1/4 lb ground chuck (we like 85% lean) and gently form into 4 balls. Don't overwork the meat-this can result in a tough, dry burger.
2 Flatten each ball into a 3/4-in.-thick patty. Make sure the top and sides are the same thickness throughout.
3 Using your thumb, make a shallow 1½-in.-wide indent in the top of each patty (this will help the burgers maintain their shape while they cook). Season the patties with ½ tsp each salt and pepper.
4 Lightly oil the grill. Place the patties on the grill, indent-side facing up, and cook until the burgers release easily from the grill, 4 to 5 minutes (don't press or flatten-this will dry them out). Flip and cook 4 to 5 minutes more for medium. Top as desired.
This deli-meets-diner creation is cheesy, creamy and loaded with bacon. Photo credit: Romulo Yanes/Woman's Day
SWISS CHEESE + BACON + COLESLAW
Spicy Buffalo Burger
Game on! Just add buffalo sauce and crunchy slaw with blue cheese. Photo credit: Romulo Yanes/Woman's Day
ICEBERG LETTUCE + BUFFALO WING SAUCE + CELERY SLAW
Celery Slaw Recipe: Whisk together 2 Tbsp lowfat Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Add 3 stalks celery (thinly sliced), 2 oz crumbled blue cheese (½ cup), 1 scallion (chopped) and ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley (chopped), and toss to combine.Revamp your look with 10 easy tips.
You'll fall in love with the lightly charred tomato and bright pesto combo. Photo credit: Romulo Yanes/Woman's Day
FRESH MOZZARELLA + PESTO + GRILLED PLUM TOMATOES
Chips don't have to hang out on the sidelines-their salty crunch makes each bite better. Photo credit: Romulo Yanes/Woman's Day
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE + RANCH DRESSING + SLICED TOMATO + POTATO CHIPSSnack on 50 foods under 100 calories.
Take the standard tomato topping one step further with fresh-tasting salsa. Photo credit: Romulo Yanes/Woman's Day
PEPPER JACK CHEESE + SLICED AVOCADO + FRESH SALSA
LamsonSharp 3 x 6-in. Turner Photo credit: Romulo Yanes/Woman's Day
This sturdy spatula boasts a beveled edge that slips under food for easy flipping. Bonus: Its 6-in. blade can handle two burgers at once. $14 at LamsonSharp.com with promo code WD2012Make cooking easier with these 8 ingenious gadgets.
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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