The Basics: How To Properly Form Hamburger Patties

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How To Properly Form Hamburger Patties 

Ground beef may be shaped into hamburger patties & there is a technique that should be adhered to in order to deliver the best quality. If you are really serious in learning how to make a truly stellar hamburger or cheeseburger, the first step begins with choosing the right percentage of fat to meat ratio. Look to The Essential Guide To Ground Beef to help guide you. Secondly, you must stop purchasing preformed hamburger patties. Although they are highly prized for their convenience of saving a preparation step, they are filled with additives & have an undesirable flat taste & texture. Two main criteria should be considered when properly making hamburger patties successfully. The ground beef should be compact enough that it doesn’t come apart during the grilling process yet the meat should not be overworked during the forming portion of the procedure as the cooked hamburgers will not have a pleasing texture. They will instead have a dense, tough bite. Learn how to properly form ground beef into hamburger patties & handcraft your very best creations to date. 

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How To Properly Form Hamburger Patties

The more ground beef is worked the tougher it becomes. It should be manipulated as little as possible just like adding flour lastly to pie crust & forming the dough just until all of the ingredients come together. Ground beef is no different as it should remain as cold as possible so the fat doesn’t melt. It’s also good practices to chill the hamburger patties a spell after forming them to firm the fat once again before grilling. 

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Begin by purchasing freshly ground beef. It will be available on styrofoam trays with plastic wrap over the surface so avoid the chubs of tubular-shaped packages in particular. When the beef is freshly ground, it will have a lighter texture. When it’s stacked in the meat case, the weight of the other items makes it more dense the longer it stands so ask the butcher for beef that has been ground that day. 

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No. 1

Unwrap the package of chilled ground beef & gently crumble the raw meat into a large stainless steel bowl. Using an ice cream disher, portion the ground beef in the cavity pressing to fill it completely. It should compact but not overworked. Larger hamburger patties may be formed using 1 1/2 to 2 scoops of ground beef.

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No. 2

Release the formed meat onto a half sheet pan, then begin pressing it flat with your fingers. Pick the beef up & finish pressing & forming in your hands with a back & forth motion a few times until a 1/4-inch thickness has been achieved. Be certain the center is the same thickness as the outer edges or it will pop up during cooking & take longer to reach temperature thus compromising taste & texture. Depending on the amount of fat in the beef, expect a good bit of shrinkage. Gauge the bun circumference, then shape the patties approximately a half inch larger so they fill the bread completely. Once the patties have been formed, place them back on the half sheet pan & chill 30 minutes to 4 hours before grilling. If space is an issue, stack them between small squares of parchment paper.

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