Burger Tips & Tricks

There is no better experience than a freshly grilled burger on the grill! Here are some tips and a quick recipe for your grilling enjoyment.

Tip 1: Start with fresh ground meat, we love the Meats by Linz 85% lean ground beef as it is the right blend of fat to lean and makes the best burgers. Meat's by Linz produces ground beef for some of the most famous and iconic steakhouses and burger restaurants in the city.

Tip 2: Roll meat into 8 oz or 10 oz balls, do not press hard. Form the balls into patties with a fork. Yes, with a fork. This will help keep the meat loose which will translate into a more tender and juicy burger. If you do not use a fork, form into patties without pressing too hard or long to keep the meat tender. Overworking the meat will make the burger tough and dry.

Tip 3: Put a thumbprint in the middle of the burger, this will prevent the burger from puffing up and cooking unevenly - It really works!

Tip 4: Keep it simple, salt and pepper seasoning, cook on medium-high grill (approx 375 - 400°), and flip only once. The FDA recommends cooking burgers to 155° for at least 15 seconds, but for those of us who like it medium-rare, 130 - 135°.

Above all else let it rest on the bun (the bun will soak up some extra juices from the burger), for a few minutes before biting into it. Our Potato Buns work best!


Keep it Simple Cowboy Burger

A good burger does not need a lot of help, but this recipe gives this cowboy burger the right blend of flavor to accent the smokiness of the grill and the hearty beef flavor from the burger. Go get 'em, Cowboy!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs 85% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Cracked or Fresh Ground Pepper 
  • 4 slices Cheddar Cheese (or your favorite cheese: cheddar, American, colby work best)  
  • cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Barbeque Sauce (your favorite)
  • 4 Potato Buns
  • 4 pieces Windy City Crunch Lettuce or Equivalent Iceberg (I love the crunch and hot/cold mix to the burger) 


  • Roll ground meat into 4 - 8 oz balls.  Form into patties using a fork or minimal pressing (do not overwork meat).  Using your thumb create an indentation in the middle of patties (a little valley).  Season with salt and pepper liberally.  Let rest a few minutes before placing on the hot grill. 
  • In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and bbq sauce. Spread on bottom half of buns.  Place lettuce on top half of buns.
  • Place burgers on hot grill 375 - 400°, turning once after 3 to 4 minutes (do not press down on the burger).  Cook for an additional 4 minutes (or until temperature reaches 155° for well done or 135° for medium rare).  Place cheese on patties last minute of cooking.  Remove and place patties on prepared buns.  Let rest for 3 minutes and serve.
Keyword burgers, grill, grilling, hamburgers