How Long Does it Take to Grill the Perfect Hamburger?
Grilled hamburgers are perfect for small backyard barbecues and giant neighborhood block parties alike. In this article, we explain how long it takes to grill the perfect burger and offer tips to ensure your patties come out just the way you (and your guests) like them.

How Long to Grill Your Burger

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Knowing how long to grill hamburgers is a must for any griller. But grill times can vary based on the thickness of the patty, the kind of meat you use to make them, and how you want your burger to be cooked.

Burger Thickness

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For the best burgers, make patties that are about 3/4 of an inch thick. To prevent the center from bulging, create an indention in the middle of the patty. This will ensure your burgers stay flat.

Meat Type

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Everyone knows burgers are usually made with beef. But turkey, chicken and even salmon burgers are great options for people who are looking for a lean alternative.

Well-Done or Medium Rare?

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When working with beef, you have more cooking options than with other meats. Deciding how long to grill your beef hamburgers depends on your personal preference. Medium-rare: Cook patty on one side for three minutes. Turn it over and cook for an additional four minutes. Medium: Cook patty on one side for three minutes. Turn it over and cook for an additional five minutes. Medium well: Cook patty on one side for three minutes. Turn it over and cook for an additional six minutes. Well done: Cook patty on one side for three minutes. Turn it over and cook for an additional seven minutes.
Hot Tip: The cooking times above are based on using high, direct heat. Unlike beef, however, chicken and turkey burgers should always be cooked to well done (no pink in the center). Salmon patties should be opaque in the center when done. The USDA recommends a minimum temperature of 145°F for beef and fish. You should aim for 165°F for turkey and chicken. Use a meat thermometer to check if your burgers are cooked properly.

Grill Type

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The kind of grill you choose to cook on depends on your taste and lifestyle. Some people swear by the taste of a hamburger cooked on a charcoal grill. Others, however, prefer the simple startup and cleanup that a gas grill provides. Whichever you choose, Char-Broil has a grill for you!

Make the Perfect Meal with Char-Broil(R)

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Char-Broil also offers electric grills, smokers and fryers, and a wide range of other grilling accessories and products.
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