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Grill Your Burger to Perfection

Rochelle Gilman | May 13, 2019

Contact: Rochelle Gilman, RD, Director of Nutrition and Health Promotions, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 515-238-0944

Fire up the grill! May is National Hamburger Month and time to enjoy a tasty burger from the grill. Whether you prefer the classic toppings or a new twist to your burger topping, hamburgers are a family favorite.

Old school is making a comeback with the Classic Ground Beef burger

Beef provides 10 essential nutrients like protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins, which provides bodies and minds with the fuel needed at all stages of life to be the best version of ourselves. A 3-oz. cooked serving of beef, similar in size to a deck of cards, provides 25 g. protein, roughly 50% of your Daily Value. Protein is one of the most satisfying nutrients and supports strong, lean bodies.

Try these burger tips when grilling for a perfect burger:

  • Be gentle – lightly shape ground beef patties using a gentle touch to avoid over-mixing, which results in a firm, compact texture.
  • Create a divot – use your thumb to create an indentation or divot in the center of the burger. This helps the burger cook more evenly.
  • Safe and Savory at 160 degrees F – use an instant-read thermometer to ensure your burger is cooked to 160 degrees F. Burgers cooked to 160 degrees F are medium doneness, giving you a juicy burger not over-cooked, but also will eliminate any possible bacteria in raw meat.
  • Spatula for turning only – pressing the burger with a spatula will cause a loss of juices, resulting in a dry hamburger.
  • 10 Burger Toppings – find a new family favorite to build a better burger.
    1. Pepperoni Pizza Burger: grilled burger covered with pepperoni. Mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce.
    2. Greek Burger: topped with herbed Feta cheese, black olives and onions.
    3. Caesar Burger: ground beef seasoned with garlic and black pepper, on a crusty roll, accented with Caesar dressing, romaine lettuce and avocado slices.
    4. Blue Moon Burger: grilled burger topped with Bleu cheese, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce and tomato served on an onion bun.
    5. Cowboy Burger: grilled mushrooms, grilled onion, bacon and Monterey Jack cheese on a flavorful beef patty.
    6. Chicago Burger: grilled beef burger with sweet relish, chopped onion, ketchup, mustard and hot peppers.
    7. Sticky Burger: grilled burger spread with peanut butter, bacon and Jack cheese.
    8. Olive Festival Pizza Burger: beef burger stuffed with Mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce covered with sliced black and green olives.
    9. Rowdy Reuben Burger: grilled beef patty smothered with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and zesty coleslaw, served on marble rye.
    10. Cordon Bleu Burger: ground beef patty beneath a layer of sliced ham, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard.

For more tasty burger recipes, visit iabeef.org

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About the Iowa Beef Industry Council: The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit www.iabeef.org.