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Today was burgers. First of all I screwed up. Went to buy stuff and forgot that my local butcher is closed on Mondays. So I had to "make do" with some rump steak, some sirloin and some ribeye from the store. Normally I use chuck/brisket/skirt steak depending on what it looks like and how I am feeling that day.

 

Anyway, I ground up the meat (single pass, 1/4" disk, everything chilled in the furze first) and loosely formed 6oz burgers. 100% beef - nothing else at all. I'm a purist with burgers!

 

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Then I grilled them direct on the Monolith, 420C, 4 minutes per side, flipped 'em, then added cheese slices and gave them another minute.

 

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They came out pretty good. Not best ever, but certainly very nice and juicy. Next time, I think a little hotter/faster and/or closer to the coals. Maybe 450F for 3 minutes a side on the lowest rack setting. Buns were toasted, even if that one doesn't look it. The kids got the best ones!

 

 

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It was your first time doing burgers on the grill, probably shouldn't be too hard on yourself. Takes a while to get used to cooking on a new grill. They look great to me though.

 

Do you have some sort of machine that gets them to all look like that? I do mine by hand and they are always circular but not the exact same shape like yours.

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6 hours ago, gordo2212 said:

It was your first time doing burgers on the grill, probably shouldn't be too hard on yourself. Takes a while to get used to cooking on a new grill. They look great to me though.

 

Do you have some sort of machine that gets them to all look like that? I do mine by hand and they are always circular but not the exact same shape like yours.

 

Not a machine per se - just a metal ring. I just put that on a scale, measure the right amount of ground beef by weight and them squeeze it down a bit by hand then remove the ring.

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Looks good...my first cook this week will be burgers (followed the next night by pork chops...just sliced up some thick chops for a pork loin).  The divide and conquer on the KJ will be nice as my kids prefer less of a crisp sear to any meat and my wife and I love that crust on a burger.  So I will be cooking 2 closer to the heat for less time, 2 further from it but for a little bit more time.  

Though...Im not quite the one to be grinding my own meat at this point (id have to make room for another gadget)

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