To avoid food borne illness, all hamburgers should be cooked to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.Many avoid this safe internal temperature for their meat because cooking the hamburgers to well done results in dry, tasteless meat. There are ways to prepare your hamburger patties so they are both safe and juicy.
Things You'll Need
- Ground chuck or ground round
- Ice water
- Meat thermometer
Choose the correct meat for making hamburgers. An ideal meat should have at least 10 percent fat for juiciness and flavor. Opt for ground chuck for grilling and ground round for frying hamburgers in a skillet.
Shape the patties into 1/2 inch thick patties three to four inches wide. Use a light touch when shaping the patties. Do not press burgers while shaping them that makes the patties dense, which requires a longer cooking time.
Mix 1 tbsp. of ice water or a small ice cube into each hamburger patty. The steam produced from the ice water will speed the cooking time and add moisture to the meat.
Cook hamburger patties over medium heat for three to four minutes per side until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted into the thickest portion.
- "The Clever Cook's Kitchen Handbook"; David Joachim; 2001
- Fine Cooking; Tips for Making Better Burgers; Jennifer Armentrout
- AllRecipes.com: Grilling 101 Best Burgers
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