[Prefatory Note 1: Our Health and Fitness Awareness Section (HAFAS) recommends that you cut down your intake of red meat]
[Prefatory Note 2: Our Culinary Office Wizard (COW) did extensive research on The Google and the suggestions reported here appear to be quite widely accepted]
When preparing hamburgers, make sure the beef is well-chilled and use cool, wet hands to make the patties. This prevents the fat from melting before the meat hits the grill, which can make the burger tough. In sharp contrast, when it comes to steaks, you want your meat to cook evenly from edge to center. Therefore, the closer it is to its final eating temperature, the more evenly it will cook. Letting it sit on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes will bring the steak up to room temperature—a good 20 to 25°F closer to your final serving.