Homemade hamburgers is not a daunting task as many think it to be and therefore, you order it from outside. The most important aspect of a hamburger is its beef patty and today, we are going to let you know how to make hamburger patties at home with perfection.
There are a lot of ways to make a quality hamburger patty, and you can improvise to add your own touch. The meat type can vary, and the ingredients can be different from the traditional ones. However, the basics of a hamburger patty recipe stays the same.
We are taking coarse ground beef with 15% fat content. The more the fat content in the meat, the higher will be the shrinkage in the patties as you cook them. Keep the meat cold and do not overwork on the meat. Apart from that, you need salt and pepper as per your estimation and meat you have. Additionally, you will need waxed papers.
For making beef burgers, First lay down the waxed paper as you will be pressing the patties on it rather than doing it on any surface which is going to be difficult for you to move the patties when done. The important aspect to consider here is that the diameter of your patties should be equal or slightly less than the size of the bread.
Coming to the width of the patties, it should be at least the same width as the buns or higher. You need to make it higher when you have higher fat content. Not just that, all the sizes of the patties should be the same. Otherwise, you will end up with overcooked or undercooked patties as you will be cooking them together.
From Ball To Patty
To make the patties equal, you have to be careful while rolling the coarsely grounded meat into balls. Make sure the balls weigh the same by estimation, and they look the same size. Once you have made the balls, you need to press them down to make patties. Pressing down in the middle is the best, and then you can make the sides perfect.
When you cook the patties, they are going to shrink due to fat presence. Due to the shrinkage, the edges tend to break and therefore, while making hamburger patties from the balls, make sure the middle is thinner than the edges. You can also do so when wrapping the waxed paper by pressing in the middle slightly. Apparently, the edges will be thicker, but after cooking, it will become even with the middle part.
Seasoning and Grilling
As the meat is uniformly spread in the patties, you don’t need to add oil. All you have to do is season it with salt and pepper. If you want, you can add a few herbs and spices of your choice to add your personal touch to the taste. Once the seasoning is done, you need to grill it.
It is better to hit the grill right away. In case, you are preparing the patties way ahead of grilling, you should wrap it properly and put them in the refrigerator. This is because of the risk of growing bacteria in the ground meat of the patties.
The grilling depends on your choice, and it can be medium-rare, medium, radium-well and lastly well done. The temperatures are 130,140, 150, and 160 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. Hope this how to make best hamburger patties at home article has given you enough confidence to try it and preparing healthy hamburgers for your family members and guests.