I’m sure everyone would agree that hamburgers are a culinary classic. They’re perfect for a weekday family dinner, to cook and serve at a Saturday afternoon BBQ or to enjoy at your local Ribs & Burgers restaurant. Another thing most people would agree on is the secret to a delicious burger is the patty. A hamburger is nothing without a tender, tasty patty that’s juicy, soft and full of flavour. So, the age old question to ask is, how to make the best burger patties?
In today’s blog, we’re bringing our behind-the-scenes burger secrets to you. That’s right, with these simple tips and tricks, you can enjoy the best burger patties at home. Read on to find out more!
The Best Burger Patties Need The Best Beef
Ground beef is the most commonly used meat for patties. And while there’s nothing wrong with a chicken, pork or lamb burger, if you want the best burger patties, we recommend you make them with minced beef. It’s the only way to ensure that the patty will not be dry when cooked, as the ‘marbling’ of the beef helps keep the pattie moist and juicy while on the grill.
How To Make The Best Burger Patties With Your Own Beef Mince
In Australia, we’re lucky to have access to some pretty prime cuts of meat, but if you want to take your burger cooking to the next level, why not try making your own beef mince. Simply source the meat you want to use and cut it into one-inch cubes. Next, place the cubes in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then remove and put through a food processor until the meat is minced to your preference.
Tip: The trick is to make sure the beef is perfectly minced so that the patties don’t turn out dry and tough. And to do that, you will need to use a meat mincing machine.
At Ribs & Burgers, we understand how important mince meat is to the process of how to make the best burger patties. As, making your own mince is not only quick and easy, but it also makes an evenly minced patty. If you don’t have one at home, visit your local butcher, who will gladly help you out with the patty-making process. Or, if you really want to get your hands dirty, there are additional tips on how to mince beef on the internet.
How To Form The Perfect Burger Patties
Once you’ve got your beef mince sorted, the next step is to shape each patty into a round ball. Then place the patty between two pieces of baking paper and use a rolling pin to do the round shaping. A grill press can also help you to create an even patty shape. A friendly suggestion to keep in mind from Ribs & Burger on how to make the best burger patties: is to wet your hands so that the patty won’t stick to them when shaping.
How The Best Burger Patties Are Cooked Medium Well
Now that you have your perfect patties, it’s time to get them on the grill or into the pan. Because perfectly cooked patties mean delicious burgers, we recommend cooking at a medium well temperature of 75-80 degrees celsius. It might seem like a low temperature, but it’s ideal for grinding meat and makes crispy crusts on both sides of the patty.
So what are the best temperatures to cook burgers? We believe that 4 minutes on each side on medium-high temperature is enough to get a delicious burger. If you cook it longer, the burgers will be dry, and the inside will be undercooked. However, if you want those juicy patties, don’t cook them at too high of a temperature.
Hold on, we know you are on the edge of your seat to learn how to make the best burger patties? So, trust us, you’re halfway there to making the best burger patties.
The Best Burger Toppings Are Attached To The Secret Sauce
Topper patties are essential for a delicious burger. We can’t forget about them. And when serving hamburger sandwiches or other meat dishes, they’re an important part of the dish. Choices for toppings include mushrooms, bacon, and cheese, and although it seems like an obvious choice, lettuce can also be added to burgers.
And although we love all these toppings, we don’t recommend adding too many to your burger patty. But, you are looking on how to make the best burger patties. So, add just enough to hold the layers together. And if you want to make your own special sauce that goes with it? Use a premade sauce or an easy homemade BBQ sauce like this one:
For a homemade BBQ sauce: Mix 100g of tomato paste with 150ml of water, then add one tablespoon of vinegar, four tablespoons of ketchup, one teaspoon of sugar and two teaspoons each of soy sauce and plain flour. Season with salt and pepper.
The Best Patties Are Always Seasoned With Love
Although you don’t have to add anything during the cooking process, we recommend seasoning your patties beforehand. It’s a great way to enhance the flavour of the patty. And it will make all your burgers even more delicious! For example, we like adding a few chopped onions and garlic for a fragrant patty that everyone will love to bite into. Not only that, but some pizza spice mix also works as an awesome burger patty mix.
Serve And Enjoy
With these tips, You should be well on your way on how to make the best burger patties at home. And don’t worry if you’re intimidated by the cooking process. It’s not as scary as it looks! Try our recipe and let us know how your burgers turned out. And if you’re still not satisfied, always remember you can enjoy delicious and flavourful burgers at any Ribs&Burgers restaurant – yum!