May is National Hamburger Month and hamburgers are consistently a favorite for the grill. If you want to reach “Burgermaster” status here are some tips to get you there.

There's no wrong way to cook a burger…OK, there is. Although delicious toppings like avocado, grilled onions or mango salsa can all add variety and taste to a burger, trimmings are only half the story. With a few simple tips, you can master both the prep work and grilling as well.

The best burgers start with great ground beef! Try 80/20 ground beef if you’re going for a traditional burger. For a leaner—but equally juicy and flavorful—burger use 93% lean ground beef, plus an egg white and a ¼ cup of bread crumbs.

Prep work is key to a tasty burger. Instead of sprinkling your favorite spice rubs on top of the burger, try mixing them in with the ground beef. When forming the patties, make sure to be gentle since over mixing the patties can actually result in dry burgers.

Grill time? Fire up to medium heat; at this heat level, the patties will brown nicely, adding deeper flavor to the patty. While grilling, only flip each burger once. Cooking times will differ depending on thickness of the burger, but the internal temperature should reach medium (160°F) doneness.

Now comes the fun part - toppings! Don't be afraid to experiment. At first, it may seem crazy to add a topping like hummus to a burger but it could be the condiment you've been searching for all these years. Or maybe goat cheese and corn salsa is more your thing. Every backyard barbeque across the country is serving burgers with pickles, ketchup and mustard. Stand out by offering jalapenos, grilled pineapple, or even kimchi as your burger toppings. Oh, the possibilities!

Check out our collection of burger recipes and additional grilling tips on – search for Tastiest Burgers or contact the Iowa Beef Industry Council for more recipes (email us or 515-296-2305)