How to Charbroil Burgers

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Handling the beef too much will cause it to fall apart on the grill.
Handling the beef too much will cause it to fall apart on the grill. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Charbroiled burgers are cooked over an open flame. Cook the burgers over charcoal or gas burners outdoors to create a quick meal. Burgers need to be cooked over high heat as quickly as possible to prevent the patties from falling apart. Grilling burgers gives them a crispy texture and the grill infuses the beef with flavor that you cannot achieve in your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Canola oil
  • Meat thermometer
  • Cheese slices (optional)
  • Buns

Create hamburger patties from fresh ground beef that are 3/4 to 1/2 inch thick and 8 oz. in weight. Season the burgers with salt and pepper if you desire.

Leave the burgers sitting out at room temperature for 30 minutes while the grill heats.

Coat the grill grates with canola oil to prevent the burgers from sticking. Heat the gas grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. If you are using a charcoal grill, wait for the coals to burn down until a thin white or gray ash forms.

Grill the burgers for five to six minutes on each side for a medium doneness level. Grill the burgers with the lid open and then close the lid the last two to three minutes. Cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees or until the center and juices do not appear pink.

Place cheese slices -- if desired -- onto the patties while they remain on the grill. Close the grill for 90 seconds and remove the burgers. Serve the burgers immediately on buns.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid pressing on the burger with the spatula because the juices will run out of the burger. Turn the burgers over on the grill only once.
  • Wash your hands, utensils and surfaces that contact the raw ground beef with antibacterial soap and hot water.

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