We take a closer look at some great and tasty tips for cooking burgers on a stove.
Ah, summer. Hot days, blue skies, plenty of daylight, pool parties, and of course, barbeques. If there’s one food that is considered synonymous with summer, it’s the humble burger, yet a lot of people don’t realize that you don’t necessarily need a barbeque to grill up the perfect burger.
Making burgers, as in juicy and flavoursome burgers, not anaemic grey slabs of meat burnt to a crisp on the barbeque, is an art. Whereas people may prefer grilling burgers over an open flame, sometimes that’s just not an option, which is why we’re compiling this article for you today.
If done correctly, cooking burgers on a stove can be just as delicious as it would be if they were grilled over an open flame, it’s all in the preparation.
To help you create burgers at home that a BBQ Pitmaster would be envious of, here’s a look at 4 tasty tips for cooking burgers on a stove.
Choose The Best Beef
You can of course purchase ready-made burgers, but in order to create a really juicy and delicious burger, we recommend that you make the burgers yourself by creating a burger mixture.
Most experts recommend a mixture of 80% lean ground beef with 20% fat. If you are calorie counting, 85% lean will be acceptable. Anything 90% lean or higher will be too dry and crumbly and you’ll end up with dry, grey, anaemic slabs of burger meat like we mentioned earlier.
If you are making a burger mixture yourself, sirloin, brisket, and chuck all compliment each other beautifully.
Don’t Overcomplicate It
Hop online to discover a homemade burger recipe and you’ll find recipes calling for all manner of herbs, spices, and condiments. In all honesty, a good burger should speak for itself, so really, all you should do is season both sides of the burger with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper, and maybe some dried garlic powder. This simple tip will make cooking burgers on a stove easy and delicious.
Get Your Heat Right
When cooking burgers on a stove, it’s important to select the right heat. The heat you select should depend on what you’re cooking the burgers on, I.E a cast-iron pan, a griddle, aluminium pan etc, as well as the thickness of the burgers.
If you’re cooking a thick burger, a medium-high – medium heat works best because the burger needs cooking through, depending on how rare or well done you want it. On the flip side, if you’re making smash burgers, because they’re so thin when smashed flat, high heat is best to get some good caramelization on the outside.
Try To Use A Cast-Iron Skillet When Cooking Burgers On A Stove
On the subject of what to cook burgers in/on, a cast-iron skillet always works best on a stove.
As long as it is seasoned properly, cast-iron is non-stick so you won’t have to worry about your burgers sticking, plus it also conducts heat well and holds heat well, so you can get a good crust on your burger patties.