Light up your coals or gas grill 15 minutes before grilling time.
I prep my buns during this time by cutting in half and buttering them.
Put your griddle on the grill and allow to heat up. For a charcoal grill put the griddle above the coals for direct heat. One the griddle is hot,place the burgers on the grill and quickly smash them with your burger flipper.We want to get a thin patty. After flattening, push your thumb into the middle making a small indentation. This helps the patty to cook more evenly and not turn into a ball.
The burgers cook very quickly. When the burgers turn brown on the edges and the tops are getting wet, quickly flip the burgers.
With about a minute of grill time left, top the burgers with the cheese.
Always use a meat thermometer to know when the burgers are done. It is not just for the taste but for your safety. I typically shoot for 145 Fahrenheit. The burgers are still be juicy because we are using an 80/20 fat ratio patty.
Take the burgers off the grill and rest for 5-8 minutes. Resting allows all the juices/flavor soak back into the burger. During the burger rest, throw your buns on the hot grill with the buttered side down. We want to slightly toast these buns which makes them so much better
Once the burgers have rested for the 5-8 minutes, take the toasted buns and apply the burger sauce. Then you can add your patty and any other toppings you desire.
You are done. Enjoy and be proud of making your first burger fromscratch. You will be glad you did.
Enjoy. You rock.