Rather than hijack the January challenge thread, I'll start this one on how to make the PERFECT burger. Do you grind your own meat? DO you mix flavorings into the meat, or leave the meat alone and add the flavor through toppings? Do you bake your own buns like @GeneMachine suggests? Not being much of a baker I use store bought buns. I grind up beef chuck for the patties, season with salt and pepper grill over hot charcoal. Toast the bun, spread some mayo and some cheese on the bread. Then the patty and the toppings. One of my favorites is simply roasted red pepper and a thin slice of raw, red onion. mjb.