Video:Tips for Serving Burgers at a Cookoutwith Chris Davis
Serving burgers at a cookout is a BBQ classic. Watch this About.com video to learn some tips for serving burgers at their prime at a cookout.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Serving Burgers at a Cookout
Hi I'm Chris Davis for About.com. Having a cookout is a great summertime activity, and hamburgers go hand in hand with grilling. So here are a few tips for serving burgers at your next barbecue.
Before Grilling Burgers
It may seem obvious but check your propane level. Running out of propane will bring your cookout to a grinding halt. You can use a propane gauge or simply check the weight of the tank. If it's getting light have a second tank ready to swap out.
Preparing the Burgers Ahead of Time
Prepare your burgers ahead of time. Several hours or even the night before you can form your patties. Estimate the amount you will need. Place them on a plate, then wrap it with saran wrap or place them in a in a freezer bag and chill. Just remember to remove them from the refrigerator about a half hour before cooking so that the meat can warm up a little for better grilling.
Also prepare your toppings ahead of time. Slice tomatoes, onions and lettuce, than chill. Check to make sure you have enough of the condiments that you will need. After the burgers hit the grill and before you make the first flip bring out the toppings. This will ensure that they are cool and fresh.
Provide some unique toppings. Don't be afraid to break away from the traditional. Avocado, salsa, sauerkraut, salad dressing, feta cheese, just look in the refrigerator and experiment.
Warming Cooked Burgers
Have a place to warm your burgers. Although burgers are best right off the grill, not everyone will eat at the same time. Place an aluminum tray in an oven set to warm. About 125 degrees. Place extra grilled hamburgers in the tray and cover with aluminum foil. If you don't have access to an oven you can move the burgers to a top rack on on the grill away from heat.
Take a Break From the Grill
Remember to take a break and step away from the grill. Have someone who you can hand over the spatula for a few minutes while you have a drink, and enjoy a burger yourself.
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