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Burger tips, recipes from the pros

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

A good burger starts way before you put it on the grill. Horseshoe Casino executive chef Gary Davis says it starts at the grocery store. 

Davis recommending getting 80/20 lean to fat ratio. He says 70/30 is too fatty and 90/10 is too lean. Chef Davisalso also suggests seasoning the meat well before putting it on the heat. Here are his directions for cooking the perfect burger. Try it out this weekend. 

Happy grilling and happy Memorial Day.

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IF USING A GRILL:

Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with the oil. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side,about 3 minutes for beef and 5 minutes for turkey. 

Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. 

Cook turkey burgers until cooked throughout, about 5 minutes on the second side. 

IF USING A GRILL PAN:

Heat a grill pan over high heat on top of the stove. Cook the burgers as for a grill, above. 

IF USING A SAUTE PAN OR GRIDDLE (PREFERABLY CAST IRON):

Heat the oil in the pan or griddle over high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Cook the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef and 5 minutes for turkey. 

Flipover the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. 

Cook turkey burgers until cooked throughout, about 5 minutes on the second side. 

Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese.

Sandwich the hot burgers between the buns and serve immediately.

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