Burgers are the worldwide comfort food. Over the past couple of decades, they have no longer remained a native of a particular country. All over the world, burgers in all shapes and sizes are sold. Back home, people are trying to perfect the art of cooking the burger right. It is much more than just flipping the patties.
Once you begin grilling that patty and assembling your burger, you will realize that there is much more to it than just putting the patties in between the buns. We will help you eliminate 6 of the most common mistakes which happen frequently while cooking burgers.
1. The thickness of your patties is uneven:
If you’re not careful with the patties, they can bulge in the middle and taper towards the end. It is a real inconvenience to eat such a burger. Not only, the form factor is not proper but it is not well cooked all over. That is why it is important to make a patty which is even in thickness over the entire area.
The answer to this problem is pretty simple. You have to use a burger press while creating the patties. With the help of the burger press, you will be able to press the patties before making it. As a result, you will be able to get an even thickness throughout.
If you plan on creating a double patties burger, making the patties thin and even over the entire area is a must. Otherwise, the burger will be very big and inconvenient to eat.
2. You seasoned the meat too early:
Oftentimes, the meat in the burger becomes dry. Most of the people think that this is due to overcooking of the meat. However, in most of the cases, it is due to seasoning at an early stage.
Oftentimes, when you add salt to the patty, it will remove the moisture from the patty. That is why you have to make sure that you have to add salt to just before cooking the patty. This will ensure that you are able to get moist and juicy burger rather than a dry one. This will also help you in retaining all the flavors of the condiments which you have used.
3. The grill of the barbecue is not clean:
Another problem which many people often face is the patty sticking to the grill. As a result, you are not able to flip it that easily. Most of the people erroneously think that it is due to the juicy nature of the patty that it gets stuck to the grill. However, in many of the cases, this is not the cause.
In most of the cases, when the grill of the barbecue is not clean, the patty can stick to the grill. The best way to solve this problem is to clean the grill. Thereafter, with the help of a scraper, you can brush off the grill quite easily. This will remove the entire residue from the grill. If you’re scared about removing the residue after eating, you can use grill mitts while using the scraper. Black oven mitts are really long and heat resistant. They also consist of silicone which is water resistant. Thus, when you’re using the grill mitts to clean the barbecue grill, you do not need to worry about isolating yourself from the heat. A clean grill will help you flip the patties easily without any probability of the patty sticking to the grill.
4. The grill is the only way to make the patty:
Another misconception which people have is that the grill is the only way to make the patty. The truth is that you can easily use the grill pan to make the burger.
With the right seasoning, you will be able to make the burgers easily on the stovetop as well. You have to just add some olive oil to the grill pan and let it heat. Once it is hot, you have to add the patties to the grill pan. At the right temperature, you will be able to get the grill marks which you were hoping for. Thereafter, all you need to do is to add the condiments to get the right flavors.
5. Elimination of thermometer from the process:
If you do not have extensive experience in cooking the patty, you might not know when to pull it off the grill. If you pull off the patty early, the meat will not cook from the inside. As a result, the texture of the patty will be improper. This can also result in uneven flavoring due to improper penetration of the condiments. On the other hand, if you can overcook them, there will be a burnt taste and the color will also deteriorate.
The best solution to this problem is to use the thermometer. When the patty is at an internal temperature of 130F, you can pull off the patty from the grill. If you like your meat a bit overcooked, you can grill the patty till it attains a temperature of 150F.
The food thermometers often have a shorter stem. In order to use them without any fear of burning your fingers, you can opt for the grill mitts which will insulate your fingers from any kind of heat.
6. You ended up flipping the patty too early:
You do not just need to time the pulling off the patty from the grill perfectly but also you need to time the flipping of the patty perfectly. If you’re flipping it too early, it might be undercooked on one side. On the other hand, if you’re letting it cook for a longer period of time, it can get burnt.
You have to let the meat get cooked and once it achieves its ideal color, you have to let it be for at least 1 minute before flipping the patties.
Even though making a burger might sound easy but if you’re not able to eliminate the above few mistakes from the process, you might end up with the burger which is not good at all. You need to simply follow the tips which we have highlighted above and you will be able to cook your burgers to perfection.