Best Old-Fashioned Burgers

Published July 1, 2008. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

For a classic drive-in burger recipe that would produce an ultra-crisp, ultra-browned, ultra-beefy burger perfect for catching dripping juices, melted cheese, and tangy sauce, we learned that freshly ground beef was essential. We also found that the meat must be very loosely packed to prevent… read more

For a classic drive-in burger recipe that would produce an ultra-crisp, ultra-browned, ultra-beefy burger perfect for catching dripping juices, melted cheese, and tangy sauce, we learned that freshly ground beef was essential. We also found that the meat must be very loosely packed to prevent rubbery, tough patties.

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Makes 4 burgers

Sirloin steak tips are also labeled “flap meat” by some butchers. Flank steak can be used in its place. This recipe yields juicy medium to medium-well burgers. It’s important to use very soft buns. If doubling the recipe, process the meat in three batches in step 2. Because the cooked burgers do not hold well, fry four burgers and serve them immediately before frying more. Or, cook them in two pans. Extra patties can be frozen for up to 2 weeks. Stack the patties, separated by parchment, and wrap them in three layers of plastic wrap. Thaw burgers in a single layer on a baking sheet at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.

Ingredients

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