Rachael Ray's Genius Method For Testing Burger Seasoning

When it comes to quick, delicious, and satisfying meals, there are few things that can compare to a juicy burger. The appeal comes from not only how good they taste, but how versatile a burger can be. From a thicker patty cooked on a grill to a thin smash burger with crispy edges to flavorful poultry burgers, the options are endless. But burgers aren't just enjoyed by people who eat meat. There are a number of ways to make a meatless burger from grains such as oats or quinoa to a legume-based burger, like a patty made from black beans.

Perhaps the only thing that can ruin this amazing, handheld meal is when you have a burger that doesn't have enough seasoning. Although it's disappointing to bite into a bland burger, not having the right balance in your burger seasoning can happen to even the most experienced cooks. This issue can be disappointing, but luckily chef, cookbook author, and burger enthusiast Rachael Ray has developed an easy one-step method to ensure your burgers don't have lackluster flavor.

Test a small patty first

According to Ray, there's one simple way to make sure your burgers turn out flavored to your liking no matter what kind of seasoning you use. Ray shared with People that to make sure your burgers don't end up less flavorful, test out the seasoning before you cook your burgers with it. The host suggests doing this by making and seasoning a small quarter-sized patty and cooking it in a hot skillet. According to Ray, a patty of this size will cook quickly, so you can taste and adjust your seasoning if needed before cooking your burgers.

And when it comes to seasoning, burger ingredient options are endless. You can go with the basic spices like salt and pepper, or add a depth of flavor by including cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Eating Well advises a few flavor-boosting tips, including using herbs in ground poultry burgers and infusing elements of Mexican cuisine like cumin, chili powder, salsa, or pepper jack cheese into your burgers. No matter what you flavors you decide to use on your patties, using Ray's method will help your burgers turn out perfect every time.