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Burgers

Backyard burgers done on the grill are so simple, yet so delicious!
Here is everything you need to know to make your backyard burgers the best they can be.

Get Ready

  1. LIGHTLY combine beef, bread crumbs, steak sauce, onion and egg.
  2. GENTLY form into four 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick patties.
  3. GRILL over medium-high heat for 10 to 14 minutes, turning twice, until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each patty reads 160°F (71°C).

* Don’t be shy when it comes to making your burger mix – some terrific add-in’s: Worcestershire sauce, miso paste, diced raw bacon, sautéed onion or shallot, grated aged cheddar, salsa — just open the fridge or pantry and see what inspires you

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Common Cuts

Extra lean ground beef
Maximum fat content 10% (90% lean)

Lean ground beef
Maximum fat content 17% (83% lean)

Medium ground beef
Maximum fat content 23% (77% lean)

Regular ground beef
Maximum fat content 30% (70% lean)

Burgers are the #1 favourite food for the grill. Here’s what our testing taught us on what it takes to make them THE BEST they can be.

It’s all about the MEAT

When it comes down to patty greatness, you can’t beat the flavour of 100% Canadian beef. The options are Lean, Extra Lean or Medium – which do you choose? It’s up to you – if you are concerned about fat, then make the lean choice, but keep in mind, adding in an egg and bread crumbs helps keep these lean burgers moist and more flavourful. Try Medium for maximum flavour and juiciness. Do the taste test yourself next time to decide — we did! Keep in mind, that whichever type you choose, grilling burgers reduces total fat content by about 30% as the fat drips out as the patties cook.

Thumbs down to patty puffing

Burgers puff up as they cook and become a bit baseball like unless you make a thumbprint indent into the center of the patty before cooking. It comes down to physics – the burger crusts up at the edges first as it cooks, the center of the burger is expanding as it cooks and has no where to go but up. Here’s how to make your mark:

Cook using temperature

thermometer in burger

Use a digital instant read thermometer for burgers done best — cooking them to the right doneness — but not overdone — after all, we all want a juicy burger not a hockey puck on a bun! ‘Burgers Done at 71’ is the jingle to remember — cook your burgers to an internal temperature of 71°C (or 160°F).

Tips for Burgers

Cooks Notes:

Open for Options

  • Instead of dry bread crumbs you can use fresh bread crumbs, quick-cooking oatmeal or cooked bulgur or rice.
  • For the juiciest burgers, add ¼ cup shredded carrot, mushrooms or zucchini to the meat mix.

Mixing Matters

  • Mix and form ground beef patties using a light hand. Manhandling meat toughens patties.
  • Reluctant to make contact? Wear disposable plastic gloves or mix patty ingredients in a sealable freezer bag, BONUS – easy cleanup!

Patty Maker

  • Keep patties uniform thickness so they cook in about the same amount of time.

Clever Cook

  • Rub grill with oil before cooking to prevent sticking.
  • Grill in barbecue preheated to 400°F (200°C) with lid closed.

Cuts used with Burgers

Ground Beef Options

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EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF
Maximum fat content 10% (90% lean)

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LEAN GROUND BEEF
Maximum fat content 17% (83% lean)

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MEDIUM GROUND BEEF
Maximum fat content 23% (77% lean)

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REGULAR GROUND BEEF
Maximum fat content 30% (70% lean)

Burger recipes

prep time

20 min

cook time

2 hr
Oven-Braised Beef CurryChef Rahil selected boneless beef short ribs from the Canadian Beef Information Gateway to make his version of a traditional braised beef curry. Aromatic but made with just a few basic pantry ingredients and standard braising technique so it’s not daunting for even ‘curry beginners’ to make. Beef short ribs are well marbled so the meat is moist and tender when braised and oh so flavourful!

prep time

20 min

cook time

40 min
Pistachio-crusted Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri SauceChopped pistachio nuts make a unique crusted rub that contrasts with the tenderness of Beef Tenderloin. Let the chimichurri stand at room temperature while preparing the beef to allow the flavours to infuse into the oil.

prep time

10 min

cook time

55 min
Classic Meat Loaf with Tomato GlazeThis traditional meat loaf recipe is oozing with flavour and is moist and tender–just like mom used to make. The tangy tomato glaze is what makes it a classic!

prep time

15 min

cook time

35 min
Speedy Texas Toast Topped Steak & Mushroom Pot PieDelicious and easy to prepare, this speedy skillet version of classic pot pie uses flavourful Top Sirloin Steak instead of the traditional braising beef cuts and a super-simple top crust made from garlicky Furlani® Texas toast. Serve with steamed green beans or broccoli.

prep time

30 min

cook time

5 hr
House-Smoked Beef BrisketMost people don’t have a backyard smoker, so this recipe, while unconventional, allows anyone with a regular kitchen stove to produce a brisket with a natural wood-smoke flavor. Note that your house will smell like smoked meat for a couple of days afterward, but that’s not the worst problem to have.

prep time

15 min

cook time

45 min
Speedy Pasta PieSimple as pie… This recipe is way faster to make than lasagne, and you have the option of making two pans, so you can freeze one for a future meal (baking from frozen for about 1-1/2 hours). You can also assemble it ahead and refrigerate to bake later, baking for 10 minutes longer. When baked in a single lasagna pan, this recipe is perfect for potluck and buffet-style dinners.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2:30
Mixed Herb Pesto Stuffed Braised BeefThis stuffed, rolled beef tenderloin is the perfect entertaining recipe. The simple pesto recipe can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Roll up the tenderloin like a jelly roll and tie with butcher twine every couple inches to secure the roll.

prep time

45 min

cook time

25 min
Beef and Cheese Egg Roll BitesHomemade egg rolls don’t have to be intimidating. This simple egg roll recipe is filled with thinly sliced beef tenderloin and cream cheese. These perfect bite-sized appetizers will impress your guests.

prep time

50 min

cook time

60 min
Oven Roast Beef Stuffed with Mushroom Barley RisottoWith beef tenderloin and a rich risotto made from barley and mixed mushrooms, this recipe is a showstopper. To simplify meal-planning, make the risotto ahead and store covered tightly in the fridge for up to 3 days. The recipe makes 5 cups of risotto which is plenty for stuffing the roast with 3 cups remaining that can be served as a meal unto itself or as a side along with the roast.

prep time

25 min

cook time

20 min
Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Meatballs with Herbed SlawGround beef and smashed kidney beans are seasoned with warm spices and formed into a delicious meatball packed with protein and fibre – perfect for make ahead lunches and quick weeknight dinners. Use white kidney beans if you don’t want the kids to spot them.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2 hr
Orange Balsamic Roast Beef with Herbed Quinoa Pilaf and Roasted FennelFeed a crowd with a modestly priced roast beef that is loaded with flavour and perfectly tender when cooked to medium-rare and carved into thin slices. Served with a Mediterranean-inspired quinoa dish and roasted fennel bulb. You meet over all your daily needs for zinc and vitamin B12 with this one meal! This serving of beef provides 20% of heme iron – the type that is easiest for your body to absorb. Beef also boosts the absorption of the non-heme iron from the spinach by 150%.

prep time

10 min

cook time

4:30
Beef Prime Rib Roast with Berry Wine SauceCranberries and red wine give the sauce a rosie hue that's the perfect pairing with medium-rare roast beef and is pretty to take to the table.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:30
Beef Prime Rib Au JusAu Jus is just a fancy name for making a beef gravy recipe.

prep time

20 min

cook time

3 hr
Tangy Oktoberfest Roast BeefWith lots of veggies, this one pot recipe for Tangy Oktoberfest Beef Roast makes a roast that's juicy and tender with a flavour that everyone will love.

prep time

20 min

cook time

25 min
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Wine SauceHere is the perfect burger recipe when it gets to be too cold for grilling. When is a hamburger, not just a hamburger? When it's a Salisbury Steak served with this yummy wine and mushroom sauce!

prep time

15 min

cook time

2 hr
Roast Beef with Sun Dried Tomato SauceBeef roasts are easy to prepare and they practically cook themselves. Visit our Cooking Lessons to learn more and see more recipes.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:15
Mushroom-Crusted Roast BeefAdd something new to your roast beef repertoire with this Mushroon-Crusted Roast Beef recipe. Made from dried mushrooms, the crust adds an intense mushroom flavour to both the sauce and the roast beef. 

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Muffin-Sized Pizza Beef Meat LoavesThe recipe for these little Muffin-Sized Pizza beef meat loaves are the perfect size and flavour for children’s meals – serve them with the Vegetable Sauce and some pasta to complete the meal.

prep time

15 min

cook time

60 min
Moroccan Mini Beef Quick Roast with Kasbah CouscousThe recipe for this adventurous weeknight Moroccan meal can be on the table with minimal time and effort by using the Mini Beef Quick Roast. Make the simple Kasbah couscous side-dish while the roast beef is cooking.

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Mini Beef Meat LoavesThese mini meat loaves can be served hot from the oven or wrap each cooled loaf individually and freeze them for future fast meals – they heat from frozen in minutes. Children love this Mini Beef Meat Loaf recipe!