We all love the freshness and juiciness of burgers, but when it comes to making the same at home, we often fail. Do you know why? The reason is making burger mistakes. Yes, you read it right! Every dish has its own identity and its techniques which professional chefs hone over the years. This International Burgers Day, let’s debunk the easy and important tips that can help you make the best burger at home.
Choose the right meat To make a juicy burger, make sure that you use ground chuck with a fat content of at least 18 percent. According to experts, lean meat makes a tough and dry burger. Prefer to use freshly ground meat for a more tender and flavourful burger.
Don't overwork the meat According to experts, the more you handle or mix the meat, the tougher your burger will be. So, make sure that you don't overwork the meat. Gently mix it all and allow it to rest for the best results.
Use wet hands for making patties The easiest trick to make perfectly shaped patties is to wet your hands using oil or water. It allows the meat to come together faster.
Toast the bun To make perfect cafe-like burgers, make sure that you toast the buns evenly. Use a pan or a flat grill until it's golden and crisp. It helps steam the bread, which allows the bun to compress around the inside ingredients. It also creates a barrier so that sauces and patties don't make the bun soggy. (Image: stock)
Don't overplay with sauces It's the simplicity of the burger that counts, so to achieve that use only ketchup, mustard paste, and mayonnaise. These three will add sweetness, spiciness, richness, and flavor.
Top it right Make sure that you top your burger with the right amount of cheese and pickles, so that along with patties they make the burger tastier. Also, use fresh lettuce and tomatoes to add that freshness to your burger.
There are about a million ways to top a hamburger, and we're sure as hell not here to tell you what goes into yours. But it's our duty to make sure that you're cooking your burgers as deliciously as possible. With a few super-simple techniques and shopping tips, you'll be a burger master in no time.
What kind of minced beef should I buy? We like cooking with 80 percent lean, 20 percent fat. It makes for a juicy but not greasy burger. While the pre-made patties are tempting and convenient, they can be over-packed, which can lead to dense burgers. It's easier and better to form your own.
How big should I form the patty? To fit nicely inside of a standard bun, we aim for 3 1/2- to 4" wide. Know that the burger will shrink a bit when it cooks.
Does the thumbprint trick really work? And what does it do? Yes! Pressing your thumb into the center of each patty helps with the burger's shape. As the burger is cooking, it tends to puff in the center. This indentation combats this problem.
My burgers always come out bland. What's up with that? You can season them up to a day ahead of time (it's the Gordon Ramsay way), but we usually season it right before.
SEASON GENEROUSLY. On. Both. Sides. Salt brings out the flavor. Another heads up: You'll want to get your meat to room temperature, or close to it, to ensure that it cooks evenly.
Try this recipe below for a delicious burger to impress family and friends.
MAKES: 3 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 5 MINS TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 20 MINS
500 g minced beef
Freshly ground black pepper
3 slices cheese
3 hamburger buns
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 iceberg lettuce
Shape beef into 3 equally sized patties. Season both sides of each patty liberally with salt and pepper. Using your finger, press a shallow indent into the center of each burger.
If grilling: Heat grill or grill pan to high. Grill patties until a crust develops and they're no longer pink, 6 minutes per side for medium. If using cheese, top on patties 2 to 3 minutes before the burger is finished cooking.
If cooking in skillet: Heat skillet to medium-high heat and cook patties until a crust develops and they're no longer pink, 6 minutes per side for medium. If using cheese, top on patties 2 to 3 minutes before the burger is finished cooking.
Place patties on buns and add preferred toppings before serving.