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Burgers..Direct or raised direct?

What's your preferred choice and why?
I'm getting ready to throw some on and was curious as to how others do it.

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  • Raised dome direct on first side then close the lid on the second side. Do steaks that way too. 
  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,354
    I like them raised direct. Further from the fire if you get flare ups. Easier to get to and work with when they are up high as well. And it's plenty hot to get a sear. Unless I want to sear a thin piece of meat quickly, I always do raised.
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  • I do direct not raised direct. My burgers turn out fantastic!
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  • Direct on the cast iron grill -- good grill marks without overcooking the burger -- large egg here.

  • Raised direct.  Only thing I do lowered is steaks.

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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    raised direct.  gives you a little more margin for error and handling the burgers with the grill at grid level is really an advantage.
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    I went raised direct. Raised with three 1/2 bricks brought it to felt line. Threw some bacon on too.
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  • EggRacerEggRacer Posts: 400
    Direct.
    XLBGE & LBGE
    North Richland Hills, TX
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 2,101
    Direct mostly, but sometimes cast iron griddle, direct.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,474
    usually raised direct..I can have a little hotter fire that burns the grease better.  That's my theory and I'm sticking with it!
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  • Last two burger cooks went the reverse sear route, They stayed juicy, were cooked the way we like and the finish sear provided a nice crust. 
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,910
    Start low, finish high. Here I just traded places with the sweet potato fries. Best of both options

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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    @solson005 I want that grid you got

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     LBGE,SBGE, and a mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,910
    Ceramic Grill Works Swing Rack I love it, it works with the platesetter and swings out of the way easy to get to things like wings when you need to flip mid-cook. 
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  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    Raised direct.  Longer cook = more smoke.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,076
    Surprised that more people don't just go direct. I'm in the direct camp, never done one raised. Guess I should try it.

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  • Part of my decision to cook direct has to do with the choice of ground meat.  I usually use course ground round and when i cook them raised grid, i end up overcooking them by the time they look decent?  We like a meduim rare burger with a crisp outside. 
  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 860
    I'm direct, too, I cook 80/20 burgers and don't get bad grease fires. Cook at 450-500. For the mini, 4 minutes one side, 3 the other for medium. Don't often do burgers on the large. 

    Just cooked three for lunches and start to finish they took a 25 minutes on the mini. Dusted with just a bit of rub, they got a nice sear even with the short times. 
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  • NecessaryIndulgNecessaryIndulg Posts: 1,145
    edited February 2013
    Direct for me.

    Bacon & Gruyère Burgers
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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    Thanks for all the responses. :)

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