When you and your family gather to salute the Stars and Stripes on the Fourth of July, fire up the grill and bring on the burgers! And you can add a little spark to your patriotic picnic with meaty All-American Hamburgers and Tortilla Burgers. Don't forget to include an appealing assortment of side dishes and desserts, like Old-Fashioned Lemonade and Sherbet Watermelon.
Hints for Making Hamburgers
Hamburgers are one of the easiest entrees to prepare. And with a few timeless tips, your burgers will turn out tasty every time!
- To keep hamburgers moist, first combine the filling ingredients, then add the meat and mix just until combined. Overmixing can cause the burgers to be dense and heavy.
- If you don't like getting your hands messy when mixing the meat mixture, put the ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag, then mix. Or if you do use your hands, first dampen them with water and nothing will stick.
- The leaner the ground beef, the drier the cooked burger will be. Ground sirloin makes the leanest burgers, then ground round, ground chuck and, lastly, ground beef.
- Keep in mind that the more fat there is in the meat, the more shrinkage there is during cooking. So if you're making burgers out of regular ground beef, shape the patties to be slightly larger than the bun.
- Don't use a metal spatula to flatten the burgers while cooking…you'll squeeze out all of the succulent juices.
- Always cook ground beef hamburgers until a meat thermometer reads 160°.