Tonight I REALLY wanted a hamburger, so I bought some fresh ground meat at the grocery store. I searched the whole store for a hamburger patty maker, but of course I did not find one! When I got home, I knew the best place to look would be google which led me to a few videos on Youtube. I think they ended up being great videos and the kids said these were the best hamburgers better! Even better than McDonald's! That's high praise here in Panama!
How to Shape the Hamburger Patty
The first video I found was one that showed me how to make a hamburger patty using two round lids from take out containers. I searched through our lids and found two that looked like the right size from our cream cheese containers! The guy said to put the meat in there and press the lids together. Voila, the hamburger patty would be perfectly formed.
Tips to Make the Best Hamburger Patty
The next video had a lot of really helpful tips and tricks after you've formed the perfect hamburger patty. It said to put a thumb print in the middle to keep the burger from shrinking up into a ball while cooking. I was kind of wondering if this would help, but it really did stay the same size!! Then it said to season one side of it heartily with pepper and wait to put salt on it until you're about to put it on the grill because the salt will soak up the juices. It also says to not touch the meat too much because it mashes the protein together and makes it more dense! Put it in the fridge for 20 minutes before grilling to get it back to a cool temp. Flip it once. Let it sit after cooking for a few minutes before putting on the bun. I'm telling you, this video was full of information and it helped me make a great tasting, not overcooked hamburger. This may be a first!!
My kids said they were great! This is probably the first time I have made a hamburger that didn't end up being burnt on the outside, dry on the inside, and shaped like a ball. They stayed flat, tasted great, were juicy and everyone was happy with dinner! I highly recommend watching these 2 videos (6 minutes total) so that you can improve your hamburger game as well!!
Did You Learn Something New?
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