While just about anyone who’s manned the grill has a tip or two on what makes a great burger, the folks at Modernist Cuisine have used science-inspired techniques to completely refine the all-American meal and to create the ultimate hamburger.

Cooking up this fully-staked delicacy requires 36-hours of prep time and liquid nitrogen – among other things you don’t have in your kitchen. So you’re probably not going to be able to recreate it.

But watching the video below — in which a Modernist Cuisine chef explains why they selected the ingredients that they did in their creation — will still give you some pretty good suggestions for how you can make your more modest burger the best it can be. Get hungry with a guide to the ultimate burger below.

[via The Laughing Squid]