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Nothing says “Summer” quite like the smell of hamburgers grilling on a warm afternoon. And, unlike so many things in life, these wonderful little treats are actually super easy to create.

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A pound of ground beef, a couple minutes to form the patties, another few on the fire, slap it on a bun and enjoy. But even as easy as hamburgers are to grill, they can be so much better if you just avoid these  mistakes.

The best thing — These are super easy, too.

1. Buying Inferior Meat

Simple solution to this one. Skip the “who-knows-what’s-in-there” package of ground meat and pick up the ground chuck instead. Better yet, pick out a nice piece of chuck or even steak and ask your butcher to grind it for you. That way you are 100% sure of what is in your burger.

2. Buying Meat that is Too Lean

We all want to eat healthier and consume less fat — But this is NOT the place to do it. Meat that is too lean will produce dry and tough burgers. Look for meat with 15 to 20% fat — or, as they like to say on the label, 80 to 85% lean meat.

3. Working the Patties Too Much

The perfect burger should be loose and juicy. Working the meat too much while you are forming the patties will result in dry and hard burgers.

Happy Grilling!

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