How to Make a Burger that Doesn’t Puff


It happens to all of us, we hand patty a nice big burger and the next thing you know… It puffs up into a huge burger ball on the grill.

How to Make a Burger that Doesn’t Puff

We are here to help with some quick and easy tips to help keep that burger nice and flat.


Yield: Serves 3 People

Prep Time: <5 Minutes

Cook Time: 6-8 Minutes

Cook Temp: 500˚ Grill Temperature



Measure   Ingredient                                                     Prep Notes      

1 lb               Ground Beef, Chuck                                                     Divide into 3 equal portions     
3 ea              Buns, Burger, Brioche                                                Or sesame seed buns     
1 tbsp          Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary                                       
6 slices       Cheese, American, Sliced
                      Leaf Lettuce, Washed                                               As Garnish
                      Red Onion, Sliced                                                     As Garnish 
                     Tomato, Fresh, Sliced                                              As Garnish                      


Preparation Directions:

Wash All Vegetables prior to use
Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills and any cooking tools
Clean Weber Grill Grates and ignite Weber, adjust temp to 500˚
While grill is heating up – prep Burger Patties as follows
Divide 1lb ground beef into 3 equal sized portions
Knead the beef (portion) together to help combine the beef back together after being ground
Using the Grill Mark burger press –
Place the kneaded portion of ground beef into the press and press down firmly to make a solid formed patty
Using your fingertips, make some slight indentations in the burger patty on both sides.  Like dimples on a golf ball.
Season the patty to taste on both sides
Once the grill has reached 500˚
Open the grill and carefully add the burger patties, watch for any signs of flare ups
Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes each side (with lid closed) --- Or until desired doneness
Top with cheese during the last 1 minute of cooking to melt the cheese
Once cooked to your desired doneness, turn off the grill and remove the burger using a burger spatula
Garnish with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions and Pickles

Shopping List

Weber Genesis E-325 Indigo Grill, Propane                          Ace SKU – 8017320
Weber Grilling Pan                                                                          Ace SKU – 8212441
Manchester Propane Tank, 20 lb                                               Ace SKU – 8100018
Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary                                                           Ace SKU – 8562050
Published 7/21/21
These “How-To’s” are provided for informational purposes only. The information contained in Ace Hardware’s “how-to” videos and/or articles is intended to provide general guidelines for projects in and outside of your home.  Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, local regulations are continually changing. Ace Hardware assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained herein and disclaims any liability for the omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. It is the responsibility of the viewer to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, codes and regulations for a project and the product being used. The viewer must always take proper safety precautions and exercise caution when taking on any project or using materials of said project. If you have any questions, concerns or doubts in regards to any element of what is displayed in the videos and/or articles, contact a licensed professional.