How to make the perfect burger

Did you know that May’s National Burger Month? For this, we are excited. So, we put ourselves on a quest to learn how to make the perfect burger. Did we go around and eat our hearts out? Well, not quite — but we did track down someone who certainly knows how to make a great burger. Known for making some of the best burgers in the area (yes, even Guy Fieri looks up to him) and of course, for his Juicy Lucy, it’s none other than Chef George Patti of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room.

How to Make the Perfect Burger

Where’s the Beef?

To make a great burger, it all comes down to the meat  — and using fresh, high-quality meat is where it’s at. While we’ve seen burger made with a myriad of ingredients (and have found some of them to be quite tasty), Chef George Patti strongly believes in his winning combination of both brisket and chuck.

Make it Toasty

In order to make the perfect burger, you must have a great bun — and chef likes to stick with the basics. He uses a potato bun (Martin’s is his go-to brand) and toasts it with butter, making it a perfect base to have and to hold his favorite burger.

Juicy Lucy / make the perfect burger

Juicy Lucy from M.E.A.T. Eatery / contributed

Ooey Gooey Cheese

Why eat your burger plain, when you can add some cheese and make it an ooey gooey, pièce de résistance? Cheese adds some color, flavor — and once it melts, a wow factor to your everyday burger. When adding cheese, make sure that it transforms from a solid state to a dreamy, melty, cheesy state — and it will win your taste buds over every time. Sharp cheddar and American are what Chef George recommends, but Gouda, Mozzarella and Fontina are also great melting cheeses.

“You like tomato, and I like tomahto”

A good tomato helps to make a perfect burger and there’s no getting around that. Skip over the bland, out-of season tomatoes and opt for something fresh and local. What type of tomato should you choose? Make it a beefsteak tomato. Before adding it to your burger, cut a thick slice off the tomato and sprinkle it with kosher salt. Here’s to adding a sweet and salty piece of deliciousness every time.

Ketchup or No Ketchup

If you’re adding a tomato, do you really need ketchup? There’s no skimping out now. Chef George Patti likes to add a mango-chipotle ketchup to his burgers and duck fat fries. This sweet and tangy sauce adds a bit of a kick without being overwhelming — and completes Chef George’s recommendations for making the perfect burger. Do you want to try some for yourself? Because this ketchup has been such a big hit at M.E.A.T.,  he now bottles and sells it to his customers.

M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room is located at 980 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton and at 88005 Overseas Highway in Tavernier.