Chef Bobby Flay knows a thing or two about what makes a good burger. When it comes to seasoning his patties, it's all about just two ingredients: salt and pepper.
Salt readies the taste buds so the burger tastes more like a burger. Pepper’s hot, aromatic notes pair well with savory meat, adding a boldness that amplifies the flavors.
Flay likes to season the outside of the burger patties when they are formed, but not before this point. It's important to season the meat at the right time.
Like Flay, just keep things simple. Add salt and pepper to the outside of the formed patty just before it goes on the grill or pan for a tasty and tender burger.