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Are rare burgers safe?

Applying USDA standards (which may or may not be the 'same' as elsewhere, but (IMHO) serve as a reasonable standard for "Safe") Hamburger must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F [71°C] in ...
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Extremely hard layer after cooking the burger on the grill

You did everything right except you overcooked your burgers. Those are relatively thin patties, they won't take 7 minutes a side on high heat, that is what caused that hard crust. I'd be cooking them ...
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Are rare burgers safe?

Depends on the meat-grinding process. Is it some large production facility where scraps and sub-standard meat portions are thrown into a vat and ground up, with a lot of opportunity for contamination ...
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For smash burger patties, are you supposed to wait until the meat releases from the pan before you flip it?

don't put any oil in the pan because I read that you don't need oil if you're using 80/20 ground beef This is your problem. Stainless steel is one of the stickiest kinds of pan there are. You always ...
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Are rare burgers safe?

Are you asking if it is safe for you to prepare it this way, or whether it is safe to have it at a restaurant? Here's a useful guideline for restaurants, as a complement to other answers: Is this ...
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Ground beef burger patties turn gray not brown

Brown meat tastes good - Anne Burrell Of course you know this, the browning of the meat is a result of the Maillard Reaction, if you are not getting this result you are probably not cooking at a high ...
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Veggie burgers that Bleed

The ingredient list on the commercial product already gives you several pointers to work with in building a recipe: A legume protein is used, with additional binders (tapioca starch). Probably not in ...
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Reheating grilled hamburger patties

If you have a pre-cooked burger patty, I'd suggest heating it in a frying pan / skillet over a high heat, add a splash of water and then cover with a small heat-proof bowl (a cloche), or a lid on your ...
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For smash burger patties, are you supposed to wait until the meat releases from the pan before you flip it?

To add to @rumtscho's answer, some sticking will occur regardless of the oil or material used - unless you use non-stick pans, which while difficult, can still make acceptable smash burgers. In ...
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Are rare burgers safe?

If you're at a nicer restaurant - or nowadays even a midlevel restaurant, perhaps - you may be eating food that was cooked sous-vide. Sous-vide is helpful not only for letting the restaurant pre-...
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How can I keep my burgers flat?

Many chefs in the USA recommend pressing a large dimple in one side of the meat patty before cooking it on the nondimpled side first, to prevent the problem you are experiencing
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How is one supposed to properly eat multi-level hamburgers?

The trick to eating a large hamburger the size of a McDonald's Big Mac (or even a Double Big Mac with four patties) is to grip the burger firmly while crushing it down a bit. It may take a big of ...
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Burger without patty?

If you order a burger, it should definitely come with a patty made up of ground beef. In some cases, the burger could be made of chicken, turkey, bison, etc. But, in that case the type of meat is ...
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Is it possible to make burger buns pans made with paper tape?

If by "paper tape" you mean "strips of (food safe) paper or parchment" then yes, it's possible. But before we talk about the how, let's have a quick look at the why first: Most cooks want to match ...
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Ate raw beef patty that I microwaved for 2 mins first, Is it safe?

You can cook meat products in a microwave, and be safe, but you need to make sure they're fully cooked. Microwave ovens vary a lot in both their power output and how evenly they cook, so 2 minutes ...
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Should Pickle Slices be Above or Below the Hamburger

As you might guess there is not hard and fast rule for this. It depends on when you want to have the flavor of the pickle hit your taste bud; before the savory or after the savory (meat). ...
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Are rare burgers safe?

"The FSA has now created and published a list of establishments approved to supply minced meat and meat preparations (rare burgers) intended to be eaten less than thoroughly cooked. " From March ...
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Patty Integrity and Seasoning?

Kenji Lopez-Alt wrote about this issue on the website, Serious Eats. Salting the meat before making the patty does not cause it to fall apart, rather it creates a more bouncy, sausage-like texture. ...
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How can I keep my burgers flat?

You shouldn't salt burgers before shaping; it tends to give them a sausage-like texture instead of a burger texture. (See, for example, this note from Cook's Illustrated). Salt the burgers, outside ...
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What to prepare first, the fries or the burger? How to serve everything crispy and warm?

My instinct is that you should have everything cook at the same time. Cut all veggies and make sure fries are pre cooked so the second frying is for exterior crispness. You should be able to drop ...
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Adding water to a pan-fried burger

With this method, you are effectively steaming the meat which allows the top of the burger to cook directly, instead of the gradient heating that happens from pan to bottom to top of the burger. ...
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How is one supposed to properly eat multi-level hamburgers?

A somewhat strange but effective technique is to fix the contents by piercing one or two toothpicks through the entire burger, before taking the first bites on the opposite side. When you approach the ...
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Are rare burgers safe?

As a French resident, I've always eaten rare or even raw meat, I'm 23 y.o. and still alive ;) If you are concerned about the quality of the meat served in restaurants, here are some things you should ...
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Preventing a burnt burger patty when pan frying

I've recently started making smashed burgers -- http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/03/ultra-smashed-cheeseburger-recipe-food-lab.html -- which you make thin, then double up. It makes it much ...
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How is one supposed to properly eat multi-level hamburgers?

I have witnessed and used the following techniques when it comes to eating large hamburgers: Cutting it like a pie (i.e. in slices) using a serrated knife, so you get manageable sized sub-burgers ...
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How should burger patties be prepared in terms of mixing and flavourings?

There's no right or wrong answer as there are advantages to both and it's about what you want out of a burger. The advantage of the minimal disturbance method is that the strands of the meat give ...
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Is it possible to make burger buns pans made with paper tape?

Paper Tape? If there's a food safe tape that can survive oven temperatures, I've never seen it. What's more likely is they were borrowing from the souffle cooks playbook and making a collar for their ...
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Patty Integrity and Seasoning?

I won't talk about salt as I cannot add to @moscafj's answer. However, pepper needs to be mentioned because it is different than salt. Pepper tends to get bitter under direct high heat, so it should ...
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How can I keep my burgers flat?

Try a burger press, such a this one Burger and Meat Press with Wooden Handle available online at Home Depot. To use, place on your grill to get warm, and then place on top of your patty while it ...
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Frozen raw beef patties vs cooked refrigerated patties?

Freeze them raw. Prepare/portion/shape all the patties then put them on small square of parchment paper (or waxed paper) square in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them as fast as possible ...
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