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Perfecting grilled burgers….even in an apartment!

burgerMy husband and I have set a summer goal: learn how to make a good burger on the grill. Our previous attempts at what should be an easy meal have turned out flat, overcooked, and crumbled….all because of our concern of serving raw meat. So, this year, we are going to take the challenge head-on. We made our first attempt a couple weeks ago and are rolling out Round 2 tonight. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks we’ve gleaned in our pursuit for the perfect burger – along with some extra tips for getting the perfect grilled burger in an apartment!


  • S & P
  • A good burger doesn’t need much added to the meat but you can always get creative and add onions and Worcestershire sauce.
  • You could even stuff the burgers with fresh herbs, barbecue sauce, cubes of cheese, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy bacon, mushrooms, and hot sauce.


  • Get the grill really hot! You’re aiming for 450
  • Gently shape the meat – don’t flatten too much. You’re aiming for an inch thick, with gentle pats.
  • Create a dimple in the center of the meat – this is the part that’s least likely to fully cook
  • Only flip once!! This was our biggest challenge but it was worth the effort in patience. Grill the burgers for 2 minutes on each side, then move them to a lower-heat area of the grill. Cook another 2-3 minutes for medium-rare burgers, 3-4 minutes for medium, or 5-6 minutes for well-done burgers. In the last minute of cooking, lay a slice of cheese on top of each burger and arrange the buns over high heat to toast. I like my buns really crunchy so I butter them first!

Grilling in an apartment

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