The Perfect Burger


  • Total Time30 mins
  • Makes4 to 4 servings

When it comes to burgers, a minimalist approach is best: good meat, handled lightly.


  • 750 g lean ground beef

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • In a bowl, stir together the ground beef, water, soy sauce and pepper. By hand, very gently form into 4 to 6 patties (depending on how big you want to make them), handling the meat as lightly as possible. Arrange on a waxed-paper-lined platter and refrigerate for 30 min (or longer) to allow the meat to firm up. Cold meat will hold together better on the grill.

  • At grilling time, preheat the barbecue on high for 5 min. Place the burgers on the grill, turn the heat down to medium and grill for 4 to 5 min per side (flipping once) or until the meat is no longer pink inside.

  • Remove from the grill and serve on buns with the usual accompaniments.

This article was originally published on Jul 01, 2008

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