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Old 10-13-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Grilling vs flat top

Hi, I would like to get some opinions on whether you like grilling over an open flame or cooking on a flat top (this is for hamburgers specifically), thanks

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Old 10-13-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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Though I think a grilled burger is good every once in a while, I think burgers are always better on a flat top. They're much more flavorful and they don't get burned as easily.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:37 PM   #3
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I prefer grilling, on gas or charcoal. A burger cooked in a cast iron skillet (same as a flattop) is also good but tastes different.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:04 PM   #4
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Grilling over charcoal beats flat top burgers every time for me. That smokey flavor just can't be duplicated on a flat top, or in a good pan. I can't think of a meat, except for maybe bulk sausage, that I prefer fried on steel. Now don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a properly fried peice of meat. That's how I normally cook the stuff. But I prefer grilled meat, over charcoal of course.

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Old 10-13-2011, 06:30 PM   #5
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I am partial to grilled over charcoal, but I will eat a burger cooked in other ways too.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:35 PM   #6
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I like them grilled with a crust, but burger gravy is good, and it's hard to make gravy from grilled burger drippings... It all depends what I am making as to how I cook them.
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I LOVE the grill, most any meat I can grill, I will grill. . .that being said, with a burger, flat top or cast iron, 100%. Once the fat starts to render out, it makes for the most flavorful sear, and the caramelization is unmatched. A nice old cast iron does the same, but with all the different layers/seasoning, adds something different and special.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:42 PM   #8
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thanks for all your input it is an ongoing debate between a friend and me. Would still like to hear from others.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:03 PM   #9
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I like grilling better than charbroiled. I enjoy the taste of charbroiled but I get heartburn from it & continue to taste the charbroiled taste for hours.
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:28 PM   #10
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Grilling or Flat top?...I like the sear and crust you can achieve from direct heat of a flat top...but,I love the sound and smell of a charcoal grill...for flavor and texture...flat top done right..but the child in me says...charcoal!
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