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Tuesday, August 09, 2005 

More Tips for the Best Burger

Since we can never get enough advice in the ongoing quest for the perfect burger...

Perfect burgers: Grill or cook flavorful, juicy patties.

Kathie Smith of the Toledo Blade relates some tips passed on by Jeffrey Starr, executive chef at Trinchero Family Estates in Napa Valley, Calif.

The basics:
3 cooking tips for better burgers from Jeffrey Starr

1. Don’t overhandle the ground patty.

2. Don’t push down on it with a grilling spatula or you push the juices out.

3. Use quality ingredients like good ground beef and fresh seasonal ingredients.

Those are tips that have been repeated often, but still worth being reminded about. The article goes into more detail on each of those basic steps. Since the Chef is from Napa, naturally there is a section dealing with wine, both to put into the burgers and also to drink with them.