Summer is BBQ season, and we love a good cookout as much as anyone. There’s nothing like spending a beautiful day sipping on an icy cocktail, tongs in hand, flipping meat on the grill for a group of your friends. But the truth is, while grilling might be the most fun way to cook, it isn’t always the ideal method to get the best-tasting food, especially when it comes to burgers.
Cooking burgers in the oven results in juicy, evenly cooked meat every time, and you don’t even have to worry about flipping (plus, you can do it in the rain). The problem with grilling your burger is that it’s hard to control the temperature, especially if you’re using charcoal. Roasting your burgers negates this issue.
It’s also the easiest way to cook your burger. But first a few tips for success:
– Get freshly ground, high-quality meat. And avoid beef that’s too lean. That mouth-watering juiciness you want in every bite comes from fat, so aim for somewhere around 20%.
– Mix your meat as little as possible. Overmixing will result in tough burgers.
– Don’t add too many ingredients to your meat. Yes, salt and pepper are important, and yes, you can add a bit of flavor from things like Worcestershire, garlic powder or onion powder. But avoid things like eggs and breadcrumbs, if for no other reason than it will force you to manhandle your meat, resulting in tougher burgers. High quality meat (with salt and pepper) should speak for itself.
– Use a thermometer. Generally speaking, 120F is rare (which should be fine if you’re using top quality meat) and 160F is well done. Cook accordingly, and check the temperature using a meat thermometer.
– Add your cheese, if you’re using it, about a minute before your burgers are done.
Scroll through the photos below to see a step-by-step guide for how to make perfect oven-roasted burgers.
1 1/3 pound ground beef
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 slices cheese (optional)
Condiments/additions of your choice