This July 4th, celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave with a selection of culinary specialties from regions around the country. From Kansas City-style ribs to Maryland-inspired crab cake burgers, How about these ideas grilled burgers, ribs, seafood, chicken, and barbecue-worthy side dishes.
So here are some tips for making a classic burger.
1. Hamburger meat, it all starts with the beef. Use 80/20 hamburger, that’s 80% meat to 20% fat, the ideal ratio for burgers. Skip the trendy new “lean” ratios of 90/10 or 95/5, they make dry burgers. If you really want to go retro (and are not worried about the fat,) try the 70/30.
2. Get fresh ground if you can. It is a lot harder to find nowadays, but check the meat counter at your grocery store to see if they have a fresh daily grind behind the glass.
3. When working with hamburger meat, make sure everything is cold including your hands. You do not want any of the fat melting or your burger will lose its texture and dry out when cooked. So run your hands through some cold water before touching the meat. Have a Happy and safe 4th all.