Some people love big, juicy burgers because of its ‘feel good’ benefit. Some love it for how easy it is to eat and how it comes with an array of sides. Other, more discerning, customers will pay restaurants top dollar to get a bite of quality burgers. Chefs looking to start a burger franchise and succeed in the food industry know to create burgers that satisfy the needs of their clientele while maintaining quality. How does someone without a background in food preparation create restaurant-worthy burgers? The secret is in your patty.
Start with the Right Meat
Purchase your meat from a butcher you can trust and make sure to check the freshness. When selecting the type of meat, avoid the lean and extra lean burger patties. While these types are perfect for casseroles, they are not suitable to form patties as the fat is necessary for juice and flavour.
Make the Burgers the Right Size
Burger patties shrink while cooking. In anticipation of its shrinkage, it is important to make the patty thicker than your ideal end product. One good way to properly form a burger is to use a hamburger press.
Seasoning Works Wonders
Burgers taste better when seasoned before and during cooking. When forming a pound of burger meat, add ¾ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. You can also add additional seasoning, such as Worcestershire sauce, dried basil and cumin seeds to further enhance the flavour of the burger. While the patty cooks, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper to maintain the taste.
Resist the Temptation to Overcook
An overcooked burger patty will be tough to chew and swallow. Instead of slicing the patty in half to check if it is red in the middle, use an internal thermometer to determine the correct temperature while cooking.
Turn the Burger Once
Constantly flipping the burger patty will cause the juices to leak and dry it quickly. Flip it only once to ensure that the juicy flavours remain sealed. These suggestions can help you produce burgers that people will love. However, it’s practice that will make your burger patty recipe a success, so set up the grill, invite your friends and family over for a burger party, and get cooking!