Questions tagged [hamburgers]

Questions about the classic American sandwich, the hamburger and how to prepare them. Do not use this tag for "hamburger meat" aka ground beef or beef mince outside the context of the sandwich.

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Are rare burgers safe?

On a recent trip to France, I had a burger that was still pink in the middle. I know this is incredibly common in France (and it was delicious!) - but, as I understand it, it would never be allowed in ...
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Is ground beef that was in the refrigerator for two weeks and has turned brown still usable?

I bought some ground beef around 2 weeks ago and used half of it, putting the rest in a freezer bag in my fridge (not the freezer). It has since turned brown (not red, as when I bought it). Is it ...
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What's that scum at the sides of my home-made burger when I cook it?

When I do home-made burgers, my mix is as follows: ground beef bread-crumbs or grated potatoe egg parmezan cheese salt, pepper, sweek paprika dijon mustard a bit of olive oil sometimes pieces of ham ...
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Grilling burgers: flip once, or keep flipping?

When grilling burgers I usually flip several times, but have recently been advised to cook forever on once side, flip once, cook and be done. Is that the best way to do it? How do you know when a ...
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Why do my burgers end up round?

When I broil or grill my burgers, I end up with burgers that are round in the middle. I grind my own beef blend and form my patties the same every time. When I cook my burgers in a pan I don't get ...
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Extremely hard layer after cooking the burger on the grill

It was the first time I tried making burgers at home. I did some research on the subject. I just put salt and pepper into the ground beef. Then I heated the iron grill well and applied a small amount ...
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What makes frozen burger patties bland?

This has confused me for a while: it's observable that a lot of all-beef burger patties from grocery stores and fast food joints taste dull compared to homemade ground beef, but is the key difference ...
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Why do burgers sometimes fall apart on the grill?

Sometimes when cooking a burger I have had it completely fall apart for no apparent reason. Is this due to using a ground meat that is too lean? I don't add anything to the meat and don't spend too ...
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How do you grill a perfect burger?

I'm a pretty good griller (gas barbeque). I can turn out perfect steaks, fish, duck breasts, and even an entire leg of pork. The one thing that eludes me is the simple burger. Even with lean beef, ...
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When is it OK to cook a burger medium?

When does it seem to be OK to eat burgers cooked medium and sometimes not? I live in the UK and for many years it has been well-instructed that you cook your burger through to ensure that any ...
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How do I make a really flavorful turkey burger?

Since turkey burgers don't have a lot of fat, you lose a lot of the flavor that you get with beef. Also, you have to make sure you cook them through (170 degrees), so they tend to dry out. What are ...
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How to cook bison burgers (a.k.a. buffalo burgers)?

I'm wondering how to cook frozen bison burgers (also known as buffalo burgers). The package (Carmen Creek) says "cook slightly less than regular hamburgers" - but since I'm not a cook, and have no ...
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Why do fry cooks use water to cook burgers?

I'm sitting at a diner and I'm curious if there is a reason as to why the fry cook cooked my burger the way he did. The process is different from the one I'd use at home. The cook put the burger on ...
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How can I make home-made veggie burgers stay together so I can grill them?

I tried this weekend to make veggie burgers to cook on the grill, with fake ground beef (maybe Gimme Lean or something like that), egg, breadcrumbs, spices, and they totally fell apart. Is there a ...
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How to bake burger buns so that they expand horizontally instead of expanding vertically?

We are trying to bake burger buns and we usually play the rounded individual dough on the baking tray and use another baking tray to press it down to flatten it. Now our hands are so sore after ...
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Substitution for egg to bind hamburger mince

My wife is having pregnancy cravings for (homemade) hamburgers, but has developed a prenatal allergy / intolerance to egg. What is a possible replacement for egg to stop a hamburger pattie from ...
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How to taste hamburgers for seasoning?

How would I make sure that my hamburgers (or any food unsuitable raw) tastes good? With other foods, it is possible to adjust the spice proportions according to taste, but I would not taste the raw ...
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What is the secret of making a really juicy burger?

As the title says; What is the secret of making a really juicy burger?
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How is one supposed to properly eat multi-level hamburgers?

Well my question is exactly what is says in the title. I come from a culture that has hamburger-style meal. Unlike hamburger, our plyeskavitsa (or pljeskavica using another type of transliteration) ...
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How can I add more “chew” to veggie burgers with only vegetables?

I, like many, have been on the search for the perfect veggie burger. And to my mind, there is a difference between "burgers" derived from a combination of legumes, grains, and/or fungus (ex. tofu, ...
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How to put the bacon IN the burger?

I want to make unique and hopefully really awesome bacon cheeseburgers tonight. If I had been thinking I would have purchased cuts of meat to grind myself, possibly with the cooked bacon, but what I ...
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How can I keep my burgers flat?

I have tried to keep my burgers flat for a while but they always end up turning into a ball and I have to flatten them out as they cook, even tried the little hole in the middle of the patty but it ...
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Does placement of ingredients and condiments on a sandwich change the taste?

When making a cold deli meat sandwich or a burger, does layering the solid ingredients and condiments in a different order change the taste or mouth-feel? If so, how and why? Are there reasons to ...
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Reheating grilled hamburger patties

We grilled a bunch of meats for a large party. Now I have leftover hamburgers, hotdogs, and bratwursts. Note these are still “bare” meat items, not assembled hamburgers etc. What’s the best way to re-...
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Burger without patty?

So I ordered a hamburger at a new restaurant and they brought me the burger but without a patty, with two slices of square salami in it. When I asked them where the patty was, they said I should've ...
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Mustard-fried burger patty

One of the signature items of the California-based burger chain In-n-Out Burger is the "Animal Style" burger from their secret menu, which features a mustard-fried burger patty. It has a slightly ...
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Best practices to minimize smoke when cooking meat using a cast iron skillet

What are the recommendations to minimize the amount of smoke generated when cooking burgers, steaks or other meats in a cast-iron pan?
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Is there a good way to cook a hamburger on a cast iron skillet?

So I'm trying to find a consistent way of getting good quality, medium-rare burgers without firing up the grill. The burgers always end up cooked on the outside quicker; the inside is still red (not ...
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How to make professional style burger buns?

I've tried everything to try and get soft professional cooking burger buns; Tons of recipes and emulsifiers (lecithin , Vitamin C, Improvers, Vital Wheat gluten etc etc), Stretch and Fold method, but ...
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How can I make fresh burger buns like Hardees?

I am pretty new to baking and having recently just come back from Saudi Arabia I was privileged to visit the Hardees food chain (non in the UK where I live) and fallen in love with their fresh baked ...
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Why do my hamburgers smoke?

Whenever I fry hamburgers I can't help but notice that they create a lot of smoke. I have brand new non-stick pans, and an electric stove. I cook them on setting 6, where the stoves max is 8. I don't ...
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How to avoid burned layer on seared hamburger?

I usually make my hamburgers at home by putting a little oil in a pan and then just placing the patty in it on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Inevitably, while the meat ends up about medium rare, ...
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How long is cooked hamburger able to sit in a crockpot?

I came across a crockpot recipe for burritos. It calls for cooked hamburger (1 lb) as one of its ingredients and specifies that I should cook the mixture on low for 6-10 hours. Is this safe? Whenever ...
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Buying first cast iron pan size/depth/shape

I am planing to buy my first cast Iron pan and I would like to get advice on which size/shape/depth should I should choose. For example I am looking at this: size: 25.4cm depth: 4.45cm size: 25cm ...
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Are meatballs different from Hamburgers other than in terms of size?

The recipes in for meatballs and hamburgers have their variations, but a lot of overlap. Many look almost the same. Other than the cooking method and size, is there a fundamental difference that sets ...
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How to prevent fat splashes when I fry a burger?

The question How do you grill a perfect burger? tells me the best solution is to fry not grill, but I find frying makes such a mess I spend ages cleaning up afterwards. So I grill burgers using my ...
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How to Debone Oxtail?

I was reading this burger recipe from Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/10/the-blue-label-burger-blend-recipe.html It sounds great, but it calls for ground oxtail, which does not ...
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Are there any differences that need to be accounted for when changing a hamburger from grilled to griddled?

I have a friend that is about to open a food truck and he has asked me to use my burger recipe. I have spent a long time perfecting it, but I have always made it with thick patties meant for the ...
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Preventing a burnt burger patty when pan frying

So when I cook the burger patties on a frying pan (I lack fancier methods of cooking them), the bottom tends to get burnt pretty black. Yet when I bite into the burger, you can see that it's only a ...
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Getting the lighter fluid taste out of burgers, after the fact

My burgers came off the grill tasting and smelling like lighter fluid. Are there any ways to reduce or remove the taste and smell from the leftovers? In the future I'm using one of those charcoal ...
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How to cook grass-fed, high-fat hamburger on electric stove?

I've managed, through trial-and-error, to learn how to cook regular hamburgers on an electric stove. But recently, I've switched to grass-fed beef (with 25% fat, higher than regular hamburgers), with ...
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My salmon burgers are bland [closed]

I just tried to fry a salmon fillet and eat it as a I would a hamburger patty: with bread, cucumber and tomato. No matter my seasoning, I keep finding the taste bland. What could I do to enhance the ...
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Would it be advisable to partially pre-grill hamburgers and freeze so that they can be pan fried when a customer orders?

I have a small restaurant and we serve hamburgers. But we are trying to speed up service and thinking of ways to do that. We don't have a commercial grill, so heating up a grill takes too much time. I ...
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What are the best cuts of meat for grinding burgers?

I recently bought the grinder attachment for my Kitchen-Aid mixer. I tried grinding some chuck steaks but it was tedious as I constantly had to clear out stringy tendon/gristle pieces (not sure of the ...
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Pan-fried hamburgers, what temperature?

I am trying to cook hamburgers in a 12" pan on my stovetop. I am attempting to replicate some hamburgers I have had at a "local" place around here (read: 1.5 hours away), where the burgers are not ...
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Dry brining burger patties with onions

I tend to mix in some onions when making burger onions, before putting on a rack and letting it sit in the fridge for an hour before cooking. With that said, if I dry brine at the same time, will the ...
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Cooling cooked onions before adding to raw mince

In Masterchef The Professionals (season 8 episode 11), Marcus Wareing demonstrates his skills test and cooks a burger. In the process, he rapidly cools the onions after sweating them by placing them ...
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What is the difference between grills when frying a burger?

I'm new to cooking and I saw that there is several ways to fry/cook a burger. Saw it with a stone grill, pan, iron griddle; Would like to hear other types also. But what is the difference in the ...
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Getting some crispiness in Burgers' crust

I have been reading so much about making good burgers and after a few attempts, I thought I achieved a good level. I have been following the Serious Eats tips. But last night I went to a Burger ...
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Make bacon less salty

I just finished a burger that I got at a local butcher/deli. The burger was half ground chuck and half apple wood smoked bacon. It was delicious. The only problem I have with it is that it was very ...