3 Tips for Grilling Perfect Burgers

Grilling the perfect burger is an art form that transforms a simple patty into a mouthwatering masterpiece. Whether you prefer ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken burgers, we’re sharing 3 tips for grilling perfect burgers every time!


Tip 1: Choosing the Right Meat and Seasoning

The foundation of a great burger starts with the meat. For the juiciest and most flavorful burgers, opt for ground beef with an 85/15 ratio of lean meat to fat is ideal, striking the perfect balance between flavor and juiciness. The fat not only adds flavor but also helps keep the burger moist during grilling. Try our Organic 85/15 Ground Beef!

You can also make burgers with ground turkey, ground chicken, or even a mix of ground chicken and ground pork. Try some of our burger recipes like Avocado Lettuce Wrap Burgers using Organic Grassfed Ground Beef or Chili Lime Chicken Avocado Burgers using a mix of Organic Ground Chicken and Organic Ground Pork.

When it comes to seasoning, simplicity is often best. Season your patties generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper on each side just before they hit the grill. If you season too early, the salt can draw moisture out of the meat, resulting in a dry burger. For added flavor, you can mix in other seasonings or ingredients like garlic powder, onion powder, or finely chopped herbs into the ground beef. However, avoid overmixing the meat, as this can lead to a dense, tough texture.

Form the patties gently, making sure they are slightly larger than the buns you plan to use, as they will shrink during cooking. To prevent the patties from puffing up in the center, use your thumb to make a small indentation in the middle of each patty.

ground beef patties

Tip 2: Mastering the Grill Technique

Grilling the perfect burger requires the right technique and attention to detail. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. For gas grills, this means turning the burners to high and closing the lid for about 10-15 minutes. For charcoal grills, let the coals burn until they are covered with a light layer of ash and then spread them out evenly.

Before placing the patties on the grill, make sure the grates are clean and well-oiled to prevent sticking. You can oil the grates by dipping a folded paper towel in oil, holding it with tongs, and rubbing it over the grates. Or, you can also stab your barbecue fork into the stem end of a cut onion, and scrub the grill with the onion.

Place the patties on the grill and let them cook without pressing down on them. Pressing the patties releases their juices, leading to a drier burger. Grill the patties for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium doneness, adjusting the time based on your preferred level of doneness. For medium-rare burgers, aim for an internal temperature of 130-135°F, medium 140-145°F, and well-done 160°F. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature for accuracy.

Resist the urge to constantly flip the burgers. A good rule of thumb is to flip the patties only once, halfway through the cooking time. This allows for even cooking and helps form a nice crust on the outside while keeping the inside juicy.

burgers on the grill

Tip 3: Perfecting the Finishing Touches

The final touches can elevate your burger from good to great. During the last minute of grilling, add cheese to the patties if desired. Close the lid to allow the cheese to melt perfectly over the burger. Popular cheese choices include cheddar, American, Swiss, or pepper jack, but feel free to experiment with your favorites. Try Organic Valley© for organic cheese from family farms!

Toasting the buns on the grill adds a nice texture and flavor. Place the buns cut-side down on the grill for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until they are lightly toasted. This helps them stand up to the juicy burger without becoming soggy.

Let the grilled patties rest for a few minutes before assembling the burgers. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring each bite is as juicy as possible.

Assemble your burger with fresh, organic toppings. Classic options include lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions. To take your burger over the top, try adding caramelized onions and our Organic Bacon! Don’t forget the condiments — ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and specialty sauces like aioli or barbecue sauce can enhance the flavor profile of your burger. Have the toppings ready before the burgers are done so you can build your burger and enjoy everything hot off the grill.

cheeseburger on a plate with fries


Grilling the perfect burger is a rewarding experience that combines careful selection of ingredients, mastery of grilling techniques, and thoughtful finishing touches. By choosing the right meat and seasoning, mastering the grill technique, and perfecting the final touches, you can create burgers that are juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection! Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or simply enjoying a casual meal at home, these tips will help you impress your family and friends with the ultimate grilled burgers. So fire up the grill, gather your ingredients, and get ready to savor the delicious taste of a perfectly grilled burger.