When grilling season hits, part of what I grill is marinated, specifically steak and chicken. I do have the occasional shrimp that I marinate. However, I have never thought about marinating a burger until now.
You just need to have a little forethought so you can give those burger patties time to marinate. They just need an hour to soak in the goodness. The marinade give the burger more of a steak flavor.
My middle son is a self proclaimed burger connoisseur. No matter where we go out to eat, he will usually order a burger from the menu. When he had this burger for the first time, he said it was the best burger he has ever had, so that is saying quite a bit. I will probably use this recipe quite frequently during the rest of the summer when we have burgers. These patties are nice and juicy and FULL of flavor!
- 2 lb ground beef, 80% to 20% fat ratio
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp dried mustard
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp seasoned salt, or your favorite steak seasoning (I used McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning)
- cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Divide the ground beef into 6 equal portions. Shape into 5-inch wide patties with place a deep indentation in the middle. Place in a large shallow, glass baking pan.
- In a bowl, add all marinade ingredients and whisk together. Pour over the burger patties.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or longer if desired, turning at least once.
- Preheat grill to 325-350 degrees. Oil the grill grates by getting vegetable oil on a paper towel and using tongs to coat the grilling surface thoroughly.
- Cook the burgers until until they are cooked through, about 7 minutes on each side.
- Allow the hamburgers to rest 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6.
Recipe adapted from Saving Dessert.