Build a Better Burger
Build a Better Burger

Build a Better Burger

  By bbqspot      

September 14, 2016

  • Yields: 6 Servings


Essential Tools

Instant-read thermometer


2 pounds ground chuck

3 Tbsp Rub Some Burger

Vegetable oil (for grill)

6 buns of choice



1Preheat a gas or charcoal grill on medium heat (375°F) for 15 minutes. In a medium bowl, gently mix the ground chuck and Rub Some Burger until well blended but not overmixed. Form the mixture into 6 patties and place on a clean plate. Let sit 10 minutes before grilling patties while waiting for the grill to heat.

2Place burgers on a well oiled, hot grill grate. Cook the burgers, covered, turning once halfway through cooking until desired doneness. (Medium temperature is 135-140 degrees)

3Serve the burgers on your favorite style of buns.

Doneness          Temperature    Approx Cook Time

Rare                    125°F -130°F      5-6 min

Medium Rare    130-135              6-7 min

Medium              135-140              7-8 min

Medium Well     140-150             8-9 min

Well Done           155+                  9+ min


  • Be gentle when mixing the ground chuck with the seasoning. Overmixing can make the burgers dry and tough.
  • To prevent the burgers from bulging in the center during cooking, press down in the center of each patty with a thumb to create a depression.
  • Suggested toppings for your burgers: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayonnaise and/or Dijon mustard.
  • Use a spatula rather than tongs to flip the burgers to prevent releasing the tasty juices from the burgers and drying them out.
  • Toast the buns cut side down on the hot grill grate during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • To cook the burgers on the stovetop, heat the oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) or a grill pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the burgers to the skillet and cook as directed above.
  • Ground chuck is comprised of 80% lean beef and 20% fat, resulting in a juicy, flavorful burger. Once purchased, it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a few days.
  • To properly thaw frozen ground chuck, place it on a plate on the bottom shelf in the refrigerator overnight and cook it promptly once thawed.
  • Use 1½ tablespoons of Rub Some Burger per 1 pound of ground chuck.

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