8 Burger Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Slideshow)

Before you get flipping, there are a few common mistakes that you’re probably making

Meat is Too Lean

Choose meat that is about 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat. This ratio allows for the right amount of fat and perfect flavor.

Adding Too Many Extras

Keep the burger meat simple with just a sprinkling of salt and pepper before cooking. If you add too many extras like egg, bread crumbs, and herbs, it can cause overworking of the meat.  

Packing the Meat

Don’t overwork the burger meat and form it into a dense round. Instead gently form the patty into a circular shape and let it be. The end result will be much more tender.


Seasoning Before Mixing

Don’t add salt and pepper into the meat mixture. The salt can draw out moisture from the patties. Right before cooking just add a generous seasoning over the top and bottom of each patty.

Burger Buns Are Too Big

Buy buns that fit your burger patty and avoid any excess bread around the edges. To do this, make a small dimple in the middle of the raw burger patty before cooking. This helps keep the burger patty flat while cooking.

Pressing Down on Burgers While Cooking

If you press down with a spatula while cooking, it releases the juices and flavor. For better taste, keep to flipping the burgers instead of pressing down.

Wrong Cheese Choice

Avoid aged cheeses or cheese that doesn’t have a high fat content, because these won’t melt as well. Try a Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese instead.

Not Toasting Buns

Once you have the right size, you next want to make sure to toast the buns. This will create a burger that can stay together much better while eating.