How to Make the Best Hamburger

June 24, 2011    |    By +
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We’re BIG burger fans at Turkey, veggie, beef we love them all! And with 4th of July right around the corner, what better time to “beef” up your burger game?

Like any recipe, it’s important to start with the basics. What type of meat (or veggie) you choose makes a huge difference when it comes to the taste. I’ve had store-bought frozen burgers that worked great in a pinch, but if you have the time, making your own using ground meat is the way to go. A local butcher shop is always a good place to start, but if you want to try some of the best meat in New York City without the travel, look no further than Williams Sonoma.

Their new line of meat products from the legendary Pat Lafrieda Meats in NYC is a great opportunity to score the gold-standard of meat products without ever having to step foot in the meat-packing district. They’ve been supplying meat to the best restaurants in New York for 90 years, so I can safely say, you won’t be disappointed.

Their Ultimate Burger Blend is a combination of chuck, brisket and short-rib cuts of grass-fed American Black Angus beef. It’s also free of antibiotics and hormones and shipped fresh with packs of ice. And they also sell pork blends and other meat varieties, all equally delicious.

Now moving onto the preparation. While burgers make great party food, they can also be messy and extremely filling. For a more portable snack and finger-food friendly option, burger sliders are the way to go for any summer party.

This slider kit includes everything you need to make perfectly-sized sliders in bulk. It includes a three burger press, a bun cutter, and a grilling basket that fits 9 burgers at a time. You’ll be churning out sliders so fast, you won’t know what to do with them!

As for toppings, you can really get creative. The Gift Guru team recently got to sample some of this Skillet Bacon Jam and it rocked our world. Obviously 2011 has been the year of bacon, so it’s always nice to see someone try something new with the flavor. A combination of cooked down bacon, onions and spices, it has both a sweet and savory taste to it. It’s perfect as a burger topping and many other topping possibilities.

If you’re trying to break out of your burger rut, check out this creative cookbook for plenty of recipe inspiration for your next grilling party. It’s perfect for any summer host or hostess.

And if you need a gift for any Guy’s Guy, you can’t go wrong with these burger essentials.

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