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Old 07-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default Burgers .... better on a flat top/griddle or open flame grates ... discuss

As ye ole subject says .... which way is better and WHY?

I am planning to do a taste test side by side comparison today using the same burgers prepared the same way, but some on the flat top-griddle and some on the pellet grill over direct flame.

Me and my neighbor are going to try both for the sake of science, and the fact that big dudes like us often find themselves eating two burgers anyways.

Anyone care to comment and or postulate?? Mmmm???
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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I like both taste. Sometimes I want to taste the grease from the burger, sometimes I want a sear from the grill.

All depends on the mood I guess.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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I'm happy to say I have had my fair share of burgers in my day. I have now settled on flat-top cooking to maximize the amount of crust that forms. I still like an open-flamed grilled burger, but for maximum quality I go flat-top.

I think the bigger factor is the type of meat you are using. Personally, I buy whole cuts and grind/mix my own blend. Chuck, short rib and either brisket point or skirt steak. The short rib does something magical to the burger.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:06 PM   #4
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I think the bigger factor is the type of meat you are using. Personally, I buy whole cuts and grind/mix my own blend. Chuck, short rib and either brisket point or skirt steak. The short rib does something magical to the burger.

Spot on! We believe the ingredients, the temperature of the meat when it hots the grill, the temp of the grill all have a huge bearing. We like the open flame cooking method. Often times when we grind the meat (English short rib seems the best), we grind in bacon. No more than 1 part bacon 4 parts beef.
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its like asking which child i love more ! so i pick both.
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More BBq flavor on live fire. Cooking on a griddle might as well cook on the stove inside a Ci skillet. hmm Which way do I like better? Neither I prefer a Charcoal fire, indirect mesquite chips, reverse sere.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:26 PM   #7
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cooking on a griddle lets you make a thinner flatter patty which could fall apart on grates. if you can get the griddle super hot, there is potential for more crust, way way more crust.
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More BBq flavor on live fire. Cooking on a griddle might as well cook on the stove inside a Ci skillet. hmm Which way do I like better? Neither I prefer a Charcoal fire, indirect mesquite chips, reverse sere.
Same here except oak wood and cast iron skillet waiting over the flames to deliver the reverse sear.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:05 PM   #9
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I like to cook out the grease on the grill.
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I like better on flat top...smashed with grilled onions cooked in...but for healthiness..do more on the grill. About 4 to 1
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:24 PM   #11
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I gotta say flat top. For many of the same reasons as others. I do enjoy firing up the grill for burgers on a regular basis, but the flat top gives it a flavor that I tend to enjoy a little more. I think it honestly comes down to the quality of ingredients. Each process has its own flavor, so I can see where it's very hard to choose.
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At restaurants I have worked, regular customers many times ask for their burger or even chops to be done on the flat top, just to change things up a bit. If you have a well used/seasoned flat top or griddle it can make a difference. I prefer grilled burgers and if I have to grab a bit out I look for Burger King, I will eat a good burger from the griddle.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #13
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Grill it. No doubts around here.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:42 PM   #14
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Flat top sheet on the grill- get the sear and smoke
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:49 PM   #15
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cooking on a griddle lets you make a thinner flatter patty which could fall apart on grates. if you can get the griddle super hot, there is potential for more crust, way way more crust.
I make my burger patties really thin and I've never had one fall apart on me on the grill. I get a good, hot bed of coals going and they instantly sear.
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