Don't forget the fat. Bloomfield's ideal burger ratio: 70 percent lean protein, 30 percent fat.

Shop smart. "Buy hot dogs only in a tightly sealed package. You want them to be firm and not too watery."

Flip early and often. Some grill masters believe in flipping only once. Not Bloomfield: "More flipping ensures even cooking."

Upsize. "If you're using a wood or gas grill, the bigger the burger, the better."

Don't squish the patty. "You're squeezing out all the juices," says Bloomfield. They'll grill faster, but they won't be as tasty. Be patient!


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