We are cattle farmers and we raise our own beef for meat. So we through out the year we eat a lot of been and a good amount of it is in the form of hamburgers. During planting season and harvest season we eat a lot of burgers cause they are easy to make and take to the field.
Usually these burgers are pan fired. I'm pretty sure Caleb never gets sick of a pan fried burger, but I sure do. If I have the time to do I will usually fire up the grill and cook them on there instead cause they are soo much better when they are cooked on a grill.
I know there are some people out there who won't cook on anything but charcoal, well I'm not one of them. When it comes to grilling I use a gas grill. It's nothing fancy. Just one we got at Wal-Mart a few years ago. I'm not against charcoal, in fact I love burgers cooked on charcoal, I just don't have the patience or usually the time to mess with it. Our neighbor Mr. Lyle makes the best burgers in the world and he uses charcoal...seeing how I will never be able to make burgers that good I don't even bother trying. lol
Now another fellow Kansas Cattle Woman, Debbie over at "Life On a Kansas Cattle Ranch", did a blog post about grilling burgers and I encourage you to check out her blog she does a really GREAT job talking about the ins and outs of grilling burgers.
The size of group you are feeding will determine how much burger you need. We have our meat packaged in 1 lb packages and I like making 1/3 lb burgers...
1/2 lb is too big
1/4 lb is too small
1/3 lb is just right!
I try and make the burgers as flat as I can across, cause I think they cook better this way.
Also I don't add anything to the patties when I'm making them. I will wait till I'm about ready to take them off the grill and then I will sprinkle some seasoning salt on them then.
While you are making the patties it's best to have the grill already started and heated up cause you will want to put the patties on a hot, clean grill.
Once they are on there, they usually don't take to long to cook so you will want to stay close by. You will want the inside temperature to be 160 degrees, for the burger to be fully cooked.
Now one of the major reasons I prefer grilled burgers to pan fried is they aren't greasy. All the grease and fat in the burger will cook away as you grill the burgers leaving you with a deliciously juicy burger.
Once your burgers are cooked it's now time to enjoy them and top them with whatever sounds good to you. Hope ya get a chance to support a local cattle rancher and grill some hamburgers.