Hamburgers?????

  1. Ok, here is the problem. For some reason I can't seem to make a decent hamburger.I have tried so many different ways but they either fall apart or just thier just plain nasty. I don't want to use pre-made pattys but I may have to. I know this is a crazy thread but i'm really having issues with this. My friends and family all think this is super funny because I am normally a great cook. I will take any suggestions on recipies and methods of cooking (exept grilling- I live in an apartment) Please help the hamburger illiterate!!!!!!
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  3. by   stevierae
    Well----you could try one of those George Foreman grills, which are made for indoor grilling--I just got one; both my daughters swear by theirs for indoor grilling.

    What kind of ground beef are you using? Have you experimented with extra lean (like, no more than 7% fat) or even ground sirloin? Or are you using regular ground beef, which has like 22% fat content? I would try to see which works best for you; you don't want a too-greasy burger, but you also don't one that is too dry.

    Just a suggestion: try adding a single piece of white bread, soaked in milk, to each pound of hamburger before you form it into patties. (Don't forget your other seasonings, as well.) The bread soaked in milk will help the burgers hold their shape while keeping them juicy.

    Also, if pan frying, make sure your skillet is pre-heated, so you can sear the outside initially, thus sealing the juices in. You will turn the heat down once you have seared both sides, especially if you like your burgers rare or medium rare.

    I learned that trick (the bread soaked in milk) from a "Trixie Belden" book as a child, and it always works for me!
    Last edit by stevierae on Aug 22, '02
  4. by   Aussienurse2
    I always grate some cheese and carrots into mine to increase the moisture, also add onion, garlic, pepper and an egg. You need to knead the meat untill it all comes together (with your hands - gloved) It starts to get sticky then its ready to ball and fry. You can make smaller ones the coat then in plum sauce and chuck them in the oven, is very yum.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    You stole my secrets!

    Aldo don't OVERLY handle meat or pound as gets to hard. Think of pattie fomation as handling an infant. 85-80 lean meat makes best patties as not too dry.

    GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL ROCKS!
    Best Christmas present I every got hubby---he cooks now!!
  6. by   Hidi74
    Thanks for all the great advice. I will definately try the soaked bread Stevierae - great Idea. Aussienurse2 Good call on the gloved thing. I have this aversion to touching raw meat, weird huh and I want to be a nurse...lol. I think its a germ thing> I am glad to know somone else does this. :-)


    Hidi74
  7. by   Cynthiann
    What I do is add one of those Lipton envelopes seasonings (onion or beefy onion flavor) and mix it in real good with a little water. Everyone loves my hamburgers.
  8. by   live4today
    Buy the hamburger that says 85% lean

    Buy a pound of it in one of those white meat trays that is rectangular shaped

    Cut the meat into four even squares while still in the white meat tray

    Remove each square one at a time...place on wax paper

    Fold wax paper over the top of the burger (should also be under burger too)

    Press down on the burger with your hand until it is nicely square with the right thickness or thinness that you like your burgers to be

    Place in skillet on medium heat and fry.

    Season it in the pan if you want seasoning on it.

    Happy Burger making!
  9. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by Cynthiann
    What I do is add one of those Lipton envelopes seasonings (onion or beefy onion flavor) and mix it in real good with a little water. Everyone loves my hamburgers.
    Oh, yeah, I forgot about those awesome Lipton onionburgers!!! Thanks, Cynthiann!!! They are extra tasty served on warm onion hamburger buns, with sliced raw and/or grilled onions.

    Here's another recipe; we used to make these when I was a teenager--the recipe used to be on the side of the Lea and Perrin's Worcestershire sauce bottle, and they called them "sizzleburgers--"

    Melt some butter in a pan and pour someWorcestershire sauce in, enough to really coat your burgers. Slide the hamburger patties into the hot pan and fry them in the mixture, turning and coating them well. Yummy.
  10. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by Hidi74
    Thanks for all the great advice. I will definately try the soaked bread Stevierae - great Idea. Aussienurse2 Good call on the gloved thing. I have this aversion to touching raw meat, weird huh and I want to be a nurse...lol. I think its a germ thing> I am glad to know somone else does this. :-)


    Hidi74
    The raw meat aversion reminds me of my daughter and her very first job at TacoBell, when she was 15. She was hired as a drive-through cashier; thought she would just get to sit at the window and look cute and flirt with the cute boys who drove through.

    What she didn't realize was that, during slow times, they put the kids to work, whatever their job description, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, and preparing food.

    She never really complained about the first 2.

    But, one day she came home in a huff; said she had quit.

    Why, I asked.

    Her answer (she was pretty much a vegetarian; still is, except for chicken

    Her horrified answer: "They expected me to handle meat!!!"

    Oh, the memories. That daughter is 24 now. No Lipton onion burgers for her; I'll be glad to eat hers and mine too!
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by stevierae
    Oh, yeah, I forgot about those awesome Lipton onionburgers!!! Thanks, Cynthiann!!! They are extra tasty served on warm onion hamburger buns, with sliced raw and/or grilled onions.
    Whoa! Those are my burgers! Mmmm Mmmm good.......

    Heather
  12. by   Mkue
    Hidi74... ok, now I'm hungry for a Wendy's burger.. seriously.. we get our patties already made and use the George or grill, burgers never fall apart. I see that you don't want to buy ready made patties

    We order our patties from a local processing place because we know where the "steer" came from and it's actually less expensive than buying from the grocer. We can call the "steer" owner and ask for so many lbs of patties or steak. We go to the processor and pick up our order, it's pretty cool.
  13. by   rebelwaclause
    Originally posted by Aussienurse2
    I always grate some cheese and carrots into mine to increase the moisture...
    DAG NABBIT!!!! That's the secret!!!!!! Wow...I NEVER figured out how to keep that darn patty from turning into particle board wood. I always ordered out burgers for this reason.....THANK YOU FOR THE HAMBURGER FYI!!!!
  14. by   Hidi74
    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I DID IT!!

    I finally made a decent burger.Yipeeeee Thanks to all your help!!!! I used the bread in milk and the lipton soup mix....
    yummie!! Finally at 28 years of age I made a hamburger that rocks. No BF to share w/ but the cat loved them as well!!! I think ive been making them too wet. The soup mix made it more sticky , worked well. Yea!!!!!
    Hidi74

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