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7 Ways to Grill Juicy Burgers and Steaks

Get fired up for juicy burgers and tender steaks!

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gourmet burgers on wooden table with bleu cheese and baconJoshua Resnick/Shutterstock

Remember that fat gives flavor

For the best burgers, choose ground beef that is no leaner than 85 percent. Extra-lean is healthier, but the burgers tend to be dry and less juicy than meat with a bit more fat. Try one of these 10 amazing burger recipes.

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Meat grinder with fresh forcemeat on kitchen tableAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

It’s all about the grind

You can coarsely grind your own meat in a food processor, or ask the butcher to do it. (A course grind is juicier than a fine grind.) For even more mouthwatering results, mix in a few tablespoons of tomato juice or beef broth for every pound of meat.

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Gourmet burger patties for classic burgers.Arina P Habich/Shutterstock

Handle each patty with care

No need to press and squeeze your burgers into dense, uniform discs. Just press the ground beef together lightly, until the meat forms a patty. Here’s how using an ice cube can make your burgers juicier.

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the Burgers on the grill grateAFS/Shutterstock

Leave them alone

Once you put the burgers on the grill, resist the urge to press burgers with a spatula or turn them frequently.

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a big raw porterhouse steak with spices lying on a dark wooden table, top viewAndrei Iakhniuk/Shutterstock

Choose a top steak

It’s true some of the tenderest steaks are the most expensive: the tenderloin, porterhouse, and T-bone. But some cheaper cuts are nearly as tender and delicious: the chuck top blade, New York, club, rib-eye and rib, top sirloin, and round tip. Looking to reduce the fat? The leanest meat comes from the loin and the round. Learn the answers to the 11 top grilling questions.

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Grilled steak with vegetables, restaurant template.marcin jucha/Shutterstock

Set it down and let it alone

Place steaks over the hottest part of the fire. Leave them there for at least three minutes without moving. When the first side is nicely browned, flip and sear the other side.

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Steak with herbs and beer on a wooden backgroundvengerof/Shutterstock

Fix a rare steak

If your perfectly seared steak is too rare, move it to a cooler part of the grill over indirect heat to finish cooking.

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