Burgers are probably one of the first things that cross your mind when you think grilling, which is fine because the Kamado makes a great burger! Not to mention, compared to a charcoal grill it’s a lot quicker. More than 14 billion burgers are consumed in the United States every year, and the possibilities for serving them are endless!
So, today, we will go over the ultimate guide to creating a perfect burger on your Kamado!
How to Make your Burger
- Heat your grill to 400°
- Place patty directly on grill
- Cook for 4-5 minutes, then flip.
- Add cheese! (optional)
- Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes (your preference)
- Let rest about 3 minutes, so that the moisture can redistribute throughout the meat.
Cooking your burgers at 400 degrees will help you create super flavorful burgers. You’ll want it to be nicely browned for optimal taste, but don’t forget your internal temperatures— you need to hit 140° for medium, 150° for medium-well, and 160° for a full cook.
2) Add a dent
When burgers cook, the middle of the patty tends to expand a little. Just add a dent in the center of the patty, about the size of a quarter or half dollar, that goes about 1/3 of the way down the patty to prevent the puffing!
3) Keep the meat fresh
Make sure you’re purchasing fresh hamburger. Ideally, you’ll want to avoid the ‘extra lean’ options or your patty might have some trouble staying together. It’s also a good idea to keep it in the fridge right until you’re ready to use it to keep them from falling apart.
4) Mix it up
You can add extra stuff to your hamburger meat to enhance the flavor! My go-to’s are garlic and cayenne pepper, and I just mix them in with my (gloved) hands while the meat is still cold! You can also add an egg, if you’d like, as it will help hold the hamburger and all of your seasonings together. Just make sure you don’t over-mix your meat, and you can still seat white and red pieces.
5) Don’t press and flip
Didn’t your parents ever tell you not to play with your food? Well, this is the same idea! There is no need to press and flip your burger a number of times, rather than following the basic instructions above, as more pressing and flipping will just drain moisture from the meat.
Everyone loves a good burger— and now you know how to make the perfect one! Do you have any tricks to perfecting your burgers? Share with me in the comments below!