Labor Day weekend is here, and chances are good that you or someone you're with will be firing up the grill over the next few days. And if that happens, chances are even better that there will be burgers hitting that grill.

When it comes to burgers off the grill everyone wants basically the same thing, a tender, juicy piece of meat that does't resemble a hockey puck.

So, here are four ways you might be cooking burgers wrong:

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    Don't use burgers with too much fat

    Ground beef with a higher percentage of fat is usually cheaper.  That's okay if you're cooking burgers on the stove, but when fat drips on the grill, you get flare-ups.  And you might burn the outside of the burgers while they're still raw inside.

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    Don't season them too soon

    Putting salt on ground beef draws out the moisture, so you end up with dry burgers.  Especially if you use too much, or do it too soon.  So don't season the meat until RIGHT before you put it on the grill.

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    Don't cut into them to see how well they're done.

    If you need to get a general idea of how well they're cooked, do it with ONE of them. But then YOU should eat that burger, because it'll be drier than the rest of them are.

    If you need to cut into more than one burger to make sure they're not raw, someone else should probably be working the grill.

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    Don't let the buns get soggy

    It happens if you make a bunch of burgers at the same time, and immediately put them on buns for people.  If you want to do it that way, the trick is to put the slice of cheese UNDER the burger, so it protects the bun from all the juices.

     

     

     

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