Goal: Serve The Best Burger In Town

Don't be fooled. It's not the bun. Nor is it the fresh garden veggies or fancy condiments. The secret to an incredible hamburger lies in the preparation of the beef pattie. A well-formed pattie cooks consistently, is free from the little divots and tears that allow most of the juices to escape, and just looks nicer, especially if you serve them open-faced on the bun. At home, when you want a hamburger, you start with a ball and then meticulously pat it out into a pattie.