Summer has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere, and with it the opportunity for grill-heads to up their BBQ game.
With that in mind, the pros over at ChefSteps have shared their smash burger and trashy cheeseburger video recipes, which look set to revolutionise burger-time big time.
Armed with a few simple techniques, tips, tricks, and magic ingredients that you've probably never thought about, these recipes are guaranteed to deliver time after time.
How to Make a Smash Burger
Imagine a world in which you didn't have to sacrifice the crunch and texture of a burger for a juicy patty inside or vice versa. Enter the smash burger!
What is a smash burger? Think of a burger patty with a deep dark crust and crispy texture, with a super juicy interior, topped off with a layer of cheese and set inside a squidgy burger bun.
Grant Crilly reveals allin the ChefSteps clip below, as he walks us through what makes these burgers so special.
First he uses an iron pan to cook the patties with an 'insane' amount of heat. The patties have a 60:40 meat-to-fat-ratio, with 1% salt, bound with egg yolk and gelatine. Yes, that's gelatine, which can stand up to the heat and yield the best of both words - crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
How to Make a Trashy Cheeseburgers
If you're cooking for a group of hungry burger fans, plug into this ChefSteps recipe for easy crispy-tender sliders, which are all about the texture.
Again, follow a couple of rules, and they'll always come out perfect, according to expert griller Grant Crilly.
Forget traditional sliced toppings and instead dice, mince and chop, he says. Then - wait for it - first add mayonnaise to the grill!
Go for the almost burnt look on one side of the patty before flipping and topping with cheese, to maximise those crunchy flavours.
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