Does anything say summer like perfect burgers fresh off the grill? I just love them! However, if you are eating healthy it can feel like this is a food to avoid. I disagree! It really is true that all things work in moderation. So what to do?
First, I love a shortcut as much as the next person, but be very careful of buying those pre-made burgers at the market. Why? The size! We were having a cookout for Memorial Day and when I went to Costco I was so excited to see that they had pre-made burgers and the price per pound was exactly the same as the regular ground beef. Score! Until I looked a little more closely. The burgers looked large to me and when I figured it out, each burger was a 1/2 pound! Are you kidding me? I’m not saying that people can’t eat that but if you are trying to eat healthy and watch your portions, you don’t want to be eating a burger that big. So I passed on the pre-made and resigned myself to making burgers for 20:(
Now I’ve been making burgers for a long time and it is always a process. I struggle to get them all the same size, they crack when I’m flattening them and it takes much longer than I think it should. Until this time!
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before but I decided to pack the raw meat into a 1/2 cup measuring cup and weigh it: 4.6 ounces. Perfect. I tried it again: 4.8 ounces. Still perfect. I did it 3 more times and guess what? Every time it was between 4.6 and 4.8 ounces! No more struggling to get them the same size!
It went so fast! I kept scooping and packing the meat and then turned it out onto wax paper. Because they were already the perfect size and shape, all I had to do was flatten them a bit and they were ready to go. I was done before I knew it and there was very little cracking as I flattened because the meat was tightly packed together! And don’t forget to flatten the middle ever so slightly because that tends to puff up when you cook them:)
When the grillmaster (aka my hubbie) went to work, all he had to do was salt and pepper the burgers and throw them on a hot grill. They came out beautiful! Perfectly medium rare and all the burgers were cooked the same. We didn’t have some overcooked and some undercooked. Our guests raved about the food and one of the kids told us the burgers were “masterful!” Now I can’t really take credit for the whole process since my husband cooked, but I’m pretty sure the main reason they came out so perfect was the way they were made. At least that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself:)
So how about you? Any secrets on how to make the perfect burger? Will you try this method for getting them all the same size? I’d love to hear your thoughts!