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- Ready In:
- Heat griddle or cast iron pan on medium high heat.
- Without disturbing grind marks, carefully divide hamburger into 6 sections.
- Place hamburger sections on hot griddle.
- Press hamburgers down onto griddle with a heavy spatula. Use pressure. this causes the hamburgers to stick to the griddle and prevents shrinkage.
- Sprinkle tops with salt and pepper and any other spices you may want to use.
- When the edges look cooked and juices rise to the top, turn over but dont press down again.
- When bottoms are browned, and burger is to desired doneness, remove from griddle and set aside.
- Cover with foil or wax paper.
- Spread cut sides of buns lightly with butter.
- Place butter side down on griddle until lightly browned.
- Place burgers on buns and top with your favorite toppings.
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I make my hamburgers the same way and always get rave reviews. The only thing I do differently is that I do not press down on the burgers with a spatula - I believe that that causes the burger to be less juicy. What I do instead is to gently create a depression in the center of the patty. As the burger cooks, this evens out into an even patty. But otherwise, I do exactly what you do, Bethany - I take the meat from the market and handle it as little as possible to make patty shapes, and cook like that.
High marks for toasting the bun on the griddle. I use butter and let them brown til very crispy. We use the 73/27 fat content hamburger for the juiciest burgers fat and all. I do not press down on burgers that would release the fat and juices. I cook burger to med.well stage. My husbund lost 28 lbs over 3 months just eating 2 burgers once a day prepared as above.I would not recommend this. nothing else.
Cooked these on the cast iron griddle over the campfire...awesome! I was always taught not to press the juice out of the burgers also, so I handled as little as possible, and only pressed down when I first put them on the griddle. Only made 1/2 recipe for the 2 of us (and the dog) and it was just right. Also grilled some onions along side......Great supper for a cold night in the northwoods. Thanx Bethany!