Introduction: How to Grill a Cheeseburger or Hamburger

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In this Instructable I will show you how to grill/cook a burger.

I am using a LP (Liquid Propane) gas grill.

These same steps are the same regardless if you are cooking on a gas grill, charcoal grill, or frying it in a pan on the kitchen stove.

Step 1: Safety

OK boys and girls I will start with the safety issues related to this process.

1. Wash your hands prior to handling food, after all I don't know where you hands have been.

2. Raw meat carries coodies make sure you wash your hands after handling.

3. Under cooked meat still carries coodies, make sure you cook to at least medium well, or so I am told, to kill the coodies.

4. Fire can burn you so don't play around with it. Or if you need to experiment with it to understand what I am saying that is your own choice.

5. Don't be a Doofus and burn your house down either or else I will laugh at you. Keep you grill away from your house, flames and houses should not go together.

I think that is it, I am sure someone will let me know if I have missed something.

Step 2: Supplies

Here is a list of what you will need.

1. A grill or stove to cook on.

2. Hamburger patties premade or make your own. I used premade, however I have been know to make some killer homemade burgers.

3. Hamburger buns I used Gourmet buns, cause I'm fancy like that. Actually I think it enhances the burger.

4. Salt and Pepper (Just the normal stuff nothing fancy this time)

5. A Spatula - I am not going to tell you how or when to use this item. If you don't know what it is or when to use it you should stop now.

6. A plate. (Same goes for this one)

Step 3: Getting It Started

Start by heating up your grill. I turn mine on high. This is easy if you have a gas grill turn it on and let it cook any coodies from a prior cookout for about 10 minutes. Mine gets up to around 400 degrees. You can use a wire brush to remove any crispy remains.

Once that is done turn your heat on the grill down to around medium heat. (This would be the same heat range for a stove. For a charcoal grill... well there are to many variables so you will have to figure it out for yourself.)

Place your burger on the grill and add a few dashes of salt and pepper. Shut the lid and let it start cooking.

Step 4: Watch for Your Cue to Flip

When to flip?? I flip once that is all you need, you just have to know when.

When the burger starts getting to the point where bight red blood is covering your cooking burger then it is time to flip it. This occurs around 3-4 minutes depending on your heat level used when cooking.

You can sear it once if you want to get some grease out, but you don't need to if you don't want to. Plus all of the grease just burns off in flames anyways, which in turn creates smoke that gets in your eyes and burns.

So flip the burger, flames will come up because all of the blood is turning in to grease. Just be sure not to get burned or try not to any ways.

Step 5: Throw Down Your Buns!

Yo! It's time to throw down!

About a minute after you have flipped the burger it is time to put your buns on the grill (don't do this if you are using a frying pan, you just get soggy buns).

I mean put your buns on the grill to toast them and not the buns you sit on.

This adds to the overall experience and flavor of our burger.

Step 6: Watch for the Next Sign

Watch for the next sign which is flames flaring up.
When this happens remove the buns from the grill and place you cheese slice (if you want cheese that is) on the burger.

Step 7: Remove Burger From Grill

About one minute after you place the cheese on the burger the cheese should be melted but not running off the burger. Now the burger is ready to come off.

Place the burger directly on to the bottom piece of the bun.

Add condiments if you like and or lettuce, tomato, and onions.

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