Go-To Guide: How To Grill Burgers and Dogs

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Burgers and brauts bring people together. From natural Angus burgers to signature seasoned turkey burgers to sausages made in-house, we know how to patty, er, party. Check out our grill tips and ideas for toppings you might love.

Beef
Prep: Make sure patties are at least 1/4 inch thick
Cooking temperature: Medium-hot coals
Cooking instructions: Place patties on greased grill about 4 inches from the coals. Sear for 1 minute, cover. Halfway through cooking, turn, sear for 1 minute, then cover grill and cook until desired doneness.
Internal temperature when done: 155 degrees
Timing: For rare, cook 3 minutes per side. For medium-rare, cook 3 1/2 minutes per side. For medium, cook 4 minutes per side. For well done, cook 5 minutes per side.

Bison
Prep: Make sure patties are at least 1/2 inch thick
Cooking temperature: Medium-hot coals
Cooking instructions: Place on greased grill, 4 inches from coals and grill, turning once. Buffalo or bison meat is very lean, so do not cook past medium.
Timing: 4 minutes per side

Fresh Sausage
Prep: It’s usually best to poach it for about 10 minutes before grilling, being careful not to prick the skin because the drippings can cause flare-ups.
Cooking temperature: Medium-hot coals
Cooking instructions: Place the poached sausage on a greased grill 6 inches from coals.
Sear on all sides, then cover and cook slowly, turning often for even browning.
Timing: 7-15 minutes, depending on type of sausage

Precooked Sausage (such as hot dogs)
Prep: Do not prick the sausage
Cooking temperature: Medium-hot coals
Cooking instructions: Place on a greased grill, 6 inches from coals. Sear on all sides, then cover. Cook, turning sausage often for even browning.
Timing: 5-6 minutes

Uncommon Condiments

  • Try arugula or watercress instead of lettuce for a peppery snap.
  • Top burger with a few slices of hot pastrami instead of bacon.
  • Sauté wild mushrooms in butter with thyme for a gourmet burger topper.
  • Add some chopped Italian sausage to your burger beef. Top the patty with mozzarella and marinated artichoke hearts.
  • Top your patty with goat cheese and spread your bun with pesto—good with beef or lamb burgers.
  • Mix a minced chipotle pepper with your beef and top the burger with Central Market guacamole.