How to Keep Hamburgers From Falling Apart

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Hamburgers are really easy to make, delicious to eat and a staple at every barbecue. There is no art to making a great burger, but understand that it is the water along with the bread crumbs that creates the proper consistency to keep the hamburgers from falling apart. Here are tips for keeping your hamburger patties together.

Things You'll Need

  • Chopped chuck steak
  • Bread crumbs
  • Raw egg
  • Water
  • Seasonings
  • Ketchup
  • Chopped onions

Buy a piece of chuck steak and ask the butcher to grind it for you. Make hamburgers from the chopped meat by adding the ingredients below to the raw meat.

Add the liquids--ketchup, barbecue sauce or tomato sauce. Slowly add the breadcrumbs. Mix lightly, using either your hands or a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are well blended.

Perfect patty
Perfect patty

Check the meat while mixing to make sure that the raw ground beef does not seem to thin, or too thick. If the meat feels too watery add more breadcrumbs, if too thick add more liquids.

Remember that the first time, it will be a matter of trial and error. The proof will be after the burgers are grilled and do not fall apart.

Cooked to perfection
Cooked to perfection

Tips & Warnings

  • Use plain or seasoned bread crumbs depending on your choice.
  • Make sure that you have a good balance of liquids to dry ingredients for a hamburger to retain its shape when fried or grilled.
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