There is no shortage of expert advice about preparing hamburgers, but grillmeister Bobby Flay of the Food Network seems more reliable than most.
Plus, we love the local connection. Remember, his first TV show, Grillin' and Chillin', was partly filmed in Clearwater in 1996. A chilly spring in New York sent producers looking for a warmer place to film the outdoor show.
The following are Flay's 5 Burger Commandments from foodandwine.com.
1. Use beef that is 20 percent fat for the right balance of moisture and flavor.
2. For food safety, keep the patties in the refrigerator right up until it's time to grill them.
3. To ensure a good crust, use lots of salt and pepper and make sure the grill is extremely hot.
4. Always use soft, toasted buns.
5. Keep toppings simple and fresh. Says Flay, "When people pile seven things onto one burger, it drives me nuts!"
The Food & Wine website also has several videos of Flay sharing tips on cooking burgers, plus pairing them with wine. See them here.