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Recently I went to a couple of restaurants. I had a burger at one and a steak at the other, both had a distinct taste that I can't describe. Kind of a charcoal taste but I know they were cooked over an open flame. I tried liquid smoke but that didn't work. Does anybody have any ideas?

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    Burn them a bit, use more salt. – Ross Ridge Jul 21 '15 at 21:29
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    Open flame from gas fire? Or open flame from wood fire? Often times wood fire imparts smokey flavors unique to the wood burned. – Jay Jul 21 '15 at 21:57
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    I may be the condensed vapor from the burning of the grease dripping from the meat being cooked. Cooking with gas over Lava rocks could verify that. – Optionparty Jul 22 '15 at 16:13
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    One of the best burgers I ever had was from a place in the mall, years ago. I found out the cook never, ever cleaned the griddle. Every burger carried with it the charred remains of its ancestors. It tasted a lot like a charcoal burger. – Patrick Schomburg Aug 11 '15 at 18:12

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