With Memorial Day weekend upon us, the summer spirit really begins to take over. If you haven’t grilled out yet, this surely is the weekend to start. This week, The Gardens at Twin Hickory, apartments in Glen Allen, VA, is paying homage to the all-American classic hamburger.
Today, ground turkey and ground chicken are perfect for lower fat burgers. And certainly, veggie burgers (a combination of ground vegetables, beans and bulgur or rice) have prided a lower fat and meat-free option.
For beef burgers, a few simple suggestions provide the best results. Most experts agree that adding to the meat itself detracts from the flavor of a good burger. Rather, use toppings to get creative. To ensure the best results consider the following tips:
- Buy 85-90% fat meat for optimal taste. For each 6-ounce burger, one pinch of kosher salt should be mixed into the patty.
- Preparation on a grill (or in a grill pan) at medium heat will give you the perfect charred grill marks.
- Don’t constantly flip and press them with a spatula. 5 minutes on each side results in a medium-well (slightly pink) burger, so go from there based on what temperature you enjoy.
Here are a few grilled burger recipe ideas for Memorial Day:
Asian Burger: For the last minute or two of grilling, brush the burger with Asian sauce like 3T hoison sauce/ 1T soy sauce with a pinch of ginger.
Itallian Burger: tomatoe sauce and fresh mozzarella.
California Burger: Guacamole, sliced tomatoes, and sprouts.
Mexican Burger: 2T of salsa and a slice of pepper jack cheese, refried beans and shredded lettuce.
Bacon Cheddar Burger: add cheddar cheese, and thick sliced smoked bacon.
Black & Bleu Burger: Burger with, black pepper and bleu cheese.
Brie Burger: Brie warmed and placed over granny smith apples with a hint of honey mustard.
Enjoy a great holiday weekend from The Gardens at Twin Hickory.