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2016/10/15 10:59:08 (permalink)

Try This Hamburger Method

Mix 5 tablespoons Olive Oil with 1 tablespoon Cracked Black Pepper. Mix together and set aside for 1/2 hour.
Form Half lb Burger Patties.
Salt each patty just prior to placing in skillet. 
Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese.
 
Pour Oil into preheated medium high heat non-stick skillet.
Once oil just starts to smoke place patties into skillet and press once into skillet. Cook until a good crust is formed. Flip and cook until crust is formed on other side. Flip burger again and place shredded pepper jack cheese on top. Pour 1/2 ounce of water into skillet and cover with lid for 45 seconds. Dry bottom of patties on paper towel. Serve on buns. Add toppings of choice. Mixing the pepper into the Olive Oil makes an amazing crust and flavor. 
 
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2016/10/15 11:19:49 (permalink)
Thanks for the tip. Will try.
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2016/10/15 11:30:18 (permalink)
That's an excellent method for cooking burgers!  There is one drawback.  It makes a HUGE greasy splattered mess of the stove, the counter next to it, the microwave above and the floor.  Which is why, in the dead of winter, I usually do burgers outside on the grill.  And I'm not the one that cleans up after dinner!!!
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2016/10/16 03:47:57 (permalink)
I've come up with a solution llee.
I like skillet fried burgers too.
I bought a cheap electric hotplate at Walmart.

 
I take it out on the patio, put it on my glass top picnic table and cook away.
Sometimes I put a sheet of aluminum foil under it to catch the splatter.
Grease smell & smoke stays outside, doesn't trip the smoke alarms and the table top cleans up with some Greased Lightening cleaner and paper towel.
Works with fried fish too.
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2016/10/16 09:00:36 (permalink)
Thar sounds delicious, but I agree with lleechef regarding the mess it would create.
 
Suggestion:  use your recipe/method on the appliance illustrated below: a Cuisinart Griddler, available everywhere from as low as $49 'on sale' at Sam's or Costco to $129 @ Williams Sonoma.
 
Here is how I would do  it:
Using the griddle plates instead of the grill plates, I'd spoon your olive oil/pepper mix on the bottom plate, setting the grill dial short of "Sear".  When it starts to smoke, apply the burgers and close the clam shell.  Two minutes should encrust one side of the burger.  Open, add some more pepper oil, flip and finish crusting the second side.  Open, add cheese.  Done!
 
As your method is going to cause some spatter regardless of the 'frying medium', I'd spread a utility town under the Griddler before I start the process.
 
There are TONS of Cuisinart Griddler demo videos on YouTube.  Every 'home-made' videographer just loves it!  The following, I 'just like' as I will be practicing that language for the next three weeks:
 

 
Another suggestion (what I do):  instead of your oil/pepper, I get a wonderful crust by using this:
 

 
I prefer the Original hickory.  Coat burgers, put on a Griddler pre-heated to high, 3 minutes for medium, with hardly any mess or fuss.
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2016/10/16 09:17:11 (permalink)
Here is my primary use for the Griddler. 
 
Yes, this video is professionally done by the manufacturer, but I get the exact same results at home with my 'lesser model'.  Fantastic for burgers, grilled cheese, panini, etc.
 

 
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2016/10/16 12:02:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/11/29 23:59:18
It's a whole lot easier to have MH go out, light the charcoal in the chimney and dump the coals into the Weber when they're ready.  I get a good crust by squirting a little canola oil onto the coals when the burgers go on, thus creating flames.  No smoke, no grease, no clean-up in the kitchen. 
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 08:10:51 (permalink)
Thanks for this method.
 
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 11:55:33 (permalink)
Here's what they look like.  Delicious!

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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 13:19:36 (permalink)
Olive oil in Hamburgers? Blasphemy!
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 13:26:58 (permalink)
1bbqboy
Olive oil in Hamburgers? Blasphemy!

WHY??
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 13:37:22 (permalink)
I believe the poster said to fry in the oil'  He did not say to mix it with the hamburger!
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 14:24:19 (permalink)
Either way it will taste like spaghetti sauce. I like olive oil, love burgers, but not together.
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 18:05:54 (permalink)
lleechef
That's an excellent method for cooking burgers!  There is one drawback.  It makes a HUGE greasy splattered mess of the stove, the counter next to it, the microwave above and the floor.  Which is why, in the dead of winter, I usually do burgers outside on the grill.  And I'm not the one that cleans up after dinner!!!


I have a spatter cover.........takes care of most of mess amd much better than going outside with a couple of inches of  snow and 10 degree weather.
post edited by Greymo - 2017/11/29 18:07:30
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 19:13:29 (permalink)
How do I keep the burger from falling apart in a skillet?
I have tried smashing , not smashing , flipping once , flipping a dozen times , I use Very good and fresh meat and I even tried egg mixed in. Taste wise I am happy. I dont have this trouble on the grill. 
Karl
 
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 19:18:24 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/11/30 00:00:28
The one "trick" I have been using with great success is indenting the center of the raw burger with my thumb. 
 
This prevents the patty from 'bunching up' (shrinking) and losing its shape. 
 
Now my 'home-cooked' actually cover the bun!
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 19:23:46 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby leethebard 2017/11/29 21:26:11
Uncle Groucho
How do I keep the burger from falling apart in a skillet?
I have tried smashing , not smashing , flipping once , flipping a dozen times , I use Very good and fresh meat and I even tried egg mixed in. Taste wise I am happy. I dont have this trouble on the grill. 
Karl

 
Start by forming each serving as a tight ball of meat, i.e., grip firmly.
 
Flatten ball to form patty.
 
Make indent in middle with your thumb.
 
Success is guaranteed.
 
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/29 21:42:08 (permalink)
Uncle Groucho
How do I keep the burger from falling apart in a skillet?
I have tried smashing , not smashing , flipping once , flipping a dozen times , I use Very good and fresh meat and I even tried egg mixed in. Taste wise I am happy. I dont have this trouble on the grill. 
Karl
 


Make sure you're using 80/20 ground chuck for best results. You can use Jim's method or get a burger press or, if you're lucky and have a store that does it, you can buy the patties preformed (I often get pub patties that way and never have a problem with them). I also exclusively cook mine on my Weber, in all 4 seasons. There's nothing like charcoal grilled goodness and a ripping hot flame.
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/30 00:12:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2017/11/30 08:27:34
Lately, I've been buying (and enjoying) the pre-formed 100% grass fed Bison Burgers from 
Trader Joe's. Three 5.3oz. burgers in the box. Delicious, juicy, and, healthy burgers.
High in Omega 3.
http://www.whatsgoodattra...ed-ground-buffalo.html
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/30 07:56:44 (permalink)
Uncle Groucho
How do I keep the burger from falling apart in a skillet?
I have tried smashing , not smashing , flipping once , flipping a dozen times , I use Very good and fresh meat and I even tried egg mixed in. Taste wise I am happy. I dont have this trouble on the grill.

Try salting the patties a few hours before you cook them as the salt will start to cure and tighten the meat.  The farther in advance you salt them the firmer and more sausage-like the burgers will be.
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/30 10:52:43 (permalink)
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How do I keep the burger from falling apart in a skillet?
I have tried smashing , not smashing , flipping once , flipping a dozen times , I use Very good and fresh meat and I even tried egg mixed in. Taste wise I am happy. I dont have this trouble on the grill.

Try salting the patties a few hours before you cook them as the salt will start to cure and tighten the meat.  The farther in advance you salt them the firmer and more sausage-like the burgers will be.


With all due respect, I have never had that problem-with any type of burger meat.
I take about 4-6oz. of (unseasoned) chopped meat and form a fairly "tight" ball rolling the meat with my hands. I then flatten the ball and put a "dimple" in the middle, (Jim, great minds think alike) season to taste, and then put in my hot (well seasoned) cast iron pan. I like my burgers rare to med-rare. I prefer cheese burgers so, taking a great hack from all the cooks on TV, after flipping my then naked burger, I add a thick slice of American cheese and squirt a bit of water in the pan and cover. The cheese melts beautifully with that method.
post edited by Twinwillow - 2017/11/30 10:59:21
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/30 16:38:43 (permalink)
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Either way it will taste like spaghetti sauce. I like olive oil, love burgers, but not together.

How on earth could a burger possibly taste like spaghetti sauce???  Even if you added some oil to the burger meat before cooking how the heck is it going to taste like spaghetti sauce???? 
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/30 18:03:32 (permalink)
lleechef
1bbqboy
Either way it will taste like spaghetti sauce. I like olive oil, love burgers, but not together.

How on earth could a burger possibly taste like spaghetti sauce???  Even if you added some oil to the burger meat before cooking how the heck is it going to taste like spaghetti sauce???? 




This has to be the question of the year:
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/30 18:22:37 (permalink)
Well I made a good solid med. well burger. We just got a new stove and I think I was cooking too hot. I'm not used too an electric stove , I have to back down my heat and have patience. I also made 2 smaller ones instead of a big ass burger.
Thanks everyone.
Karl.
 
P.s. I do use a little Evoo when I make Pizza Burgers. So good , a little messy.
 
post edited by Uncle Groucho - 2017/11/30 18:28:50
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Re: Try This Hamburger Method 2017/11/30 19:41:41 (permalink)
Pizza burgers. Exactly. And they were invented in Gary. I'm pretty sure! :)
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