The temperatures are starting to rise, and it's almost time to have friends and family over for fun summer barbecues. While throwing burgers on the grill is an old standby, a few small tweaks will take your summer burgers from just okay to legendary. Follow these five tips for summer burgers everyone will rave about:
Use Kaiser Rolls
Typical hamburger buns are flavorless, bland, and tend to get soggy way too easily. Instead of looking at buns as just the thing that holds your burger in place, look at them as a way to add flavor and make the burger more enjoyable to eat. By upgrading from hamburger buns to tasty kaiser buns, you will have a better tasting burger that holds together much more easily and even looks way more appealing.
Seek Out Local Organic Beef
The quality of beef really makes a huge difference in how delicious your burgers are. Buying your beef from a local ranch or farm is better for the environment and guarantees a fresh-tasting burger. Spend a little more on quality meat and you'll feel proud to serve your burgers to everyone you know.
Add Cheese to the Inside
Instead of just slapping a slice of cheddar cheese on top of your burgers, try mixing cheese into the meat itself while you form your patties. Every bite will be gooey, cheesy, and delicious. While you can't go wrong with cheddar or American, you may also want to experiment by mixing in blue cheese or havarti for a more distinctive taste.
Don't Forget the Secret Sauce
Instead of just offering ketchup and mustard, why not make your own version of the "secret sauce" many restaurants use to give their burgers added flavor and make them more addictive? There are many simple recipes online, like this one, but most involve a combination of ketchup, mustard, pickles, and then an extra ingredient like soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce. You can experiment with different combinations until you find one you love, and then make that your signature sauce whenever you serve burgers.
Get Creative with Toppings
In addition to the usual lettuce, tomato, and onion, consider offering your guests a variety of creative toppings they can mix and match as they please. Gourmet chipotle pickles from a local deli, a variety of good quality cheese, and sliced jalapenos are some ideas to get you started.
By following these simple tips, you will be able to wow your friends and family with gourmet, restaurant-style burgers all summer.