Anytime my friends and family get together around a grill, I get to hear all kinds of theories on how to cook the perfect burger. Sometimes the tips are practical and sometimes they’re just crazy—believe me, the perfect burger has nothing to do with the feng shui of your kitchen. So what does matter? The shape of your patty. And there’s one extremely simple thing you can do to make sure you get it right. Just watch this video to see how it’s done.
Once you’ve mastered the technique, every burger you make will be the best burger ever. But I’ve still got a few more tricks up my sleeve. For example, that California Cheeseburgers recipe above takes it to the next level with guacamole and cheese—a combination that’s not just for nachos anymore. Looking for something extra exciting? You want the BBQ Crunch Burger below. Why serve chips alongside your burger when you could put them on top of your burger?! Every bite has juicy meat, plus an amazing crunch. Want more ideas? Check out all of our hamburger recipes and more of our best 4th of July recipes.