You know you want to do it. We all do. It’s a worldwide problem: Burger-checking-and-rechecking-is-it-done-yet-overkill. We all say, “Just a little poke is all.” But don’t do it! Step away from the burger! Hint: only flip once. Don’t play with your food and don’t keep poking it to check the temp when you know it’s not done. The more you flip, the more juices drain and the more flair ups. The more pokes, the more moisture drains. Cook for about 5 minutes (I literally use a watch with a second hand) on the first side, flip and cook another 3-4 minutes on the second side. I then check the temperature and will add cheese the last 30-60 seconds. Juicy perfection.

Written by Angus Brands’ Jeff Curry