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Marinated Burgers #TasteCreations

Updated in August 2022!

The Taste Creation bloggers, Nikki, Rosemary, Lauren, and myself, love our theme for the month, which is Grilling!  In time for your summer get-togethers, here are some fresh takes on old favorites, like our Marinated Burgers!  I love a good burger hot from the grill, but how do you take it up a notch?

As you can see, my family has had a Burger Cook-Off every summer for the past 10 years, with a few exceptions.  You can see our Island Burgers here and our Chicken Chorizo Burger with Avocado Mayo. We have had some exceptional burgers so to take it up another level was baffling us, until we learned about marinating the meat ahead of time.

What a simple concept but oh, what a difference it makes!  The meat retains its juiciness and is packed full of flavor.  Patience is the key, so make the burgers the day before, and marinate them overnight for the best success. Have you marinated your burgers before?

To make your best-marinated burgers, here are the tips I have learned in the last four years:

1.  Use a high-fat beef such as 75/25.  These make the juiciest burgers.
2.  When making the patties, use a firm hand, but don't overwork the meat.
3.   Sear the burgers to get the best taste, then lower the heat to allow the burgers to cook more slowly.
4.  Preheat your grill!
5.  Unless you are making smash burgers, let the burgers cook without smashing them down.  You've seen the juice running out, we want to keep that juice in the burger!
6.  Once the burgers are off the grill, let them rest for about 5 minutes.  This allows the juices to slow down and settle into the meat.
7.  Make a deep indentation in the middle of the patty with your thumb. This makes sure the burger cooks evenly.  For extra flavor, add a small amount of garlic butter to that indent!

Yield: covers 4 burgers

Hamburger Marinade

prep time: 15 minscook time: total time: 15 mins


2 T olive oil
1 T brown sugar
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T dried mustard
2 T soy sauce
1 t salt
1 t black pepper
2 T A1 sauce


Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let the ingredients sit for 10 minutes.  Form hamburger patties (this makes enough for 4 one third pound burgers.  Place the burgers in a non reactive pan and pour the sauce on top of the burgers.  Cover, and refrigerate overnight.   When time to grill, remove the burgers from the refrigerator and let sit for 10 minutes.  Grill to desired doneness.
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Check out what the other Taste Creation Bloggers have created for you, and some more grilling recipes for your pleasure!

Lauren at Mom Home Guide has Grilled Pizza!

Nikki at TIkkido has Marinated Salmon

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