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Ok, they don't need to be perfect, but I'd like them to at least be above average.
My son's third birthday party is in two weeks, and we're planning on a hot dog & hamburger grill out. This will be in our backyard, so the equipment is set. I've got a 3 burner propane grill that seems to be adequate. My main concern is how to make tasty hamburgers on this grill.
I made some last night, and they were... ok, I guess. I bought a package of store brand ground beef (92/8, I think) from our grocery. The patties were preformed and were about a 1/4 pound each. I put some hamburger seasoning on each side and put them on the grill at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes per side. They seemed to be cooked through well enough (though my wife thought hers was a little too pink), but the taste wasn't anything to write home about.
I've got time for one or two more trial runs before the party, so I'm looking for recommendations on ingredients, grilling techniques, etc. I'm sure I could be picking better meat, but I'm not sure what to look for. I've heard more fat (85/15 or 80/20) may help, but what type of meat should I be looking for? Angus? I was lazy and bought the preformed patties yesterday, but I'm more than willing to form them myself. I'll probably stick with 1/4 pound size, since there will be kids at this party. Any seasonings? (I'm in Dallas, BTW.)
As for using my grill, it's not the most state of the art thing, but it does have an analog thermometer showing the temperature, and I can probably get it to within 50 degrees of a target. Higher temp for shorter time? Lower and longer?
Any other basic hamburger grilling advice? The manual I got when I became a man didn't include a "How to Grill a Mean Hamburger" chapter, although it seems every other guy knows how to. Maybe I missed it.