As burger season approaches, take a tip from Tom's Urban 24

I drove by a sign yesterday that said, "The weather's changed 136 times in the past 24 hours, it must be spring." At least, it said something to that effect; the guy behind me honked before I could read it again.

Whatever the wording, the sentiment rings true. Spring is here, and that means one thing: barbecuing season is just around the corner. See also: - Meet Mr. Burger: Tom Ryan of Smashburger - Best 24/7 Restaurant 2013: Tom's Urban 24 - Best Burger 2013: Highland Tap & Burger

All you backyard chefs should take note: Forget what you've learned from Bobby Flay, food bloggers and your uncle who first taught you to man the grill. The trick to an unforgettable burger doesn't just lie in how much salt you add to the meat or how round the dimple is in the center of the patty.

Judging from the juicy, well-flavored burgers at Tom's Urban 24, the secret is to marble the meat with a half-ounce of frozen, grated butter. And it's no surprise that Tom's Urban 24 has good burgers; the place was started by Tom Ryan, who also founded Smashburger.

Find out if the rest of Tom's menu - as expansive as the 24/7hours at this Larimer Square restaurant -- is as tempting as the burgers when my review of Tom's Urban 24 is posted here tomorrow.

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