Do you want to cook the perfect hamburger? Well, there is more than one secret for the perfect hamburger.
For example, the best hamburger, more than cooked, is grilled – but you probably already knew that.
However, there are at least two more secrets worth knowing: one is how to prepare the meat, and the second is how long to grill hamburgers. In this article, we’re going to reveal both secrets.
How long to grill a hamburger?
Because the meat can also be prepared by your butcher, knowing how long to grill hamburgers is more important because that is all your responsibility.
Well, in this regard, you should know that the ideal time for grilling hamburgers depends on some factors:
- The type of meat you’ve chosen: Hamburgers are usually made of beef, but sometimes there are other ingredients added. If the added ingredient is grain, for example, the grilling will take a bit longer.
- The burger thickness: of course, if you have a thicker piece of meat on the grill, it’ll take longer than a thin one.
That said, we can now dig into deeper details.
One of the best aspects of cooking your own meat is that you can have it just like you want it: medium rare or well-done, or more… But what do these words mean?
You can cook your meat from a level that is called medium rare (it’s the lightest cooking) to well-done, where the meat is so well-cooked that the outer layer is almost burned (it looks brown, but you don’t want to burn it for real!).
Now that all the details are clear, we can list the grilling times for each of the different cooking levels.
- Medium rare: you can cook each patty for three minutes on one side and 3-4 minutes on the other side.
- Medium: you can cook the patty on the first side for 3 minutes and on the second side for 5 additional minutes.
- Medium-well: grill the patty on the first side for 3 minutes, then flip it and leave it there for additional 6 minutes
- Well done: three minutes on the first side and seven on the second.
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Second tip: how to prepare the meat?
There is only one thing you want to keep in mind when grilling meat: you don’t want to overwork it.
So, if you prepare the patties at home, add salt, pepper, and herbs; prepare the patties with a couple of moves and put them in the fridge where they need to stay until it’s time to grill them.
Is there anything else you need to know about grilling hamburgers?
Yes, and it’s quite important. We’ve listed the grilling times to obtain the different cooking levels, but it’s important that you lay the patties on the grill only when it’s very hot.
If you start cooking them when the grill is cold or still warm, you’ll need to leave them there for a longer time. And if you have the meat staying on the grill for a longer time, it’ll lose its tenderness.
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