Four Things Andy Husbands Wants You To Know About Burgers

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When I say “the perfect burger”, what pops into your mind? Chances are you imagine something that looks like this. Beef, bun, tomato, lettuce, cheese… and probably ketchup and mustard. Not to say that’s wrong, but…

Andy Husbands (and his partners in crime, Chris Hart and Andrea Pyensen) challenge that assumption in their bestselling book, Wicked Good Burgers. Andy is quick to tell you that anything between two pieces of anything else can be a burger. He includes recipes like “The Beet Burger” and “Lamb Juicy Lucy” in his book, both of which bend the traditional idea of “burger”.



Chef Andy Husbands speaking at Wellesley Books

Whether you want to step outside the box and cook up something unique or just want to improve your grilling skills, follow Andy’s tips to craft the perfect burger.

1) Buy 80/20.

This means 80% protein with 20% fat. Don’t cheap out. If you’re going to put the effort into grilling a burger, choose a protein that is high quality. Believe me, you’ll taste the difference.

2) Keep your hands cool.

Andy says that if your hands are hot and sweaty (like at 3 P.M. on the 4th of July in the outside heat), stay away from the burgers. The heat from your hands can actually melt the fat in the meat and cause your burger to be crumbly. Prep your burgers in the morning and shape them when your hands are cool.

3) Choose charcoal.

Charcoal lets you get the heat you need to cook a burger right. According to Andy, you want it so hot that you simply cannot hold your hand over the grill for longer than 5 seconds. Gas grills may seem convenient, but charcoal is best.

4) Let it rest.

Whether it’s 5 minutes or 15, chicken, beef, or even lamb… meat needs to rest. Once you’re done grilling, set the meat aside for a few minutes.

For more great tricks, techniques, and recipes, be sure to pick up a copy of Wicked Good Burgers today. And if you want to know how two guys from New England took down Southern greats at the World Barbecue Championship, pick up a copy of Wicked Good Barbecue.


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