By: Jim Palmeri, Executive Chef, Mohonk Mountain House
Grilling is an essential summertime activity. This year, try your hand at making the Perfect Backyard Burger. Enjoy the 4th of July with these tips and tricks!
- Preheat your grill to medium heat. Gauge the temperature by holding your hand 6-inches above the grill. If you can stand the heat for no more than 4 seconds, your grill is ready.
- Avoid using your spatula to press down on the burger while it is cooking. This will help keep the burger tender and juicy.
- Flip your burger only once – 3 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Allow your burger to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Tip: If you get a flare-up, close the lid for 15 seconds. Fires get bigger with the presence of oxygen to cutting off the flare-up’s supply will safely extinguish it. Using water to put out the fire can cause grease to explode.