How To Make Hamburger Patties That Don’t Fall Apart? Know It Here

December 29, 2016

Do you always have your hamburger patties breaking up when cooking? Then you’re not alone because just like you, I have that same problem too. There’s nothing worse than cooking a bunch of broken patties that’s why I’m here to teach you how to make hamburger patties that don’t fall apart.

All the information I gathered below is from the readings and online searches I had done for the past few days. I never thought that there are a lot of things you need to consider when cooking the perfect patties that stay together. If you’re curious to know, keep reading below.


Freshly Ground Meat Is The Key


The secret of a good tasting hamburger patty is fresh ground meat. If you have a meat grinder at home, the better. Before you mince the meat on a medium setting, you can remove all excess fat if you don’t want to clog them on your arteries or leave some little fat behind if you want some extra juiciness and a little binding power.

Watch how to mince the meat in this video here starting from the 0:51-minute mark.

Since most of us don’t have a meat grinder at home, you can ask your local butcher to grind the meat for you. Freshly ground meat is a better choice over frozen patties because it lowers the possibility of bacterial contamination and allows you to customize your choice of meat cuts. If you must buy in supermarkets, choose 80% lean because they hold up together good.

Limit Liquid Seasonings


Sometimes the culprit of breaking patties is too much liquid seasoning. According to celebrity chef Rachel Ray, avoid putting too many liquid seasonings, like Worcestershire sauce or onions. Too much liquid will make your patties loose and prone to breaking apart when cooking.

The most appropriate seasonings that you can use are dry herbs and spices, such as. Pepper, salt, paprika, garlic paste, and cumin. Some people like to add an egg and breadcrumbs, but I don’t usually do it because it somehow tastes like meatloaf. The most elegant way of binding your meat is to mince it again to break all the meat fibers very well.

Forming Your Patties


The best way to form your patties is not to handle the meat too much. Use your hand to scoop a handful of meat and form it into a ball. Next, transfer it to a plate and press it down to form a regular patty.Watch how to form your hamburger patty in this video here.

Star chef Laurent Tourondel considers a 7-ounce patty as the ideal size for one individual. Make sure that the patty is compact enough to stick together. Before you pat it down, use both hands to knead the meat for about a few seconds.

Chilling Your Patties


Now that you have formed the patties, allow them to relax in the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of your patties. Your goal here is to make the patties firm before you cook them.

To store your patties properly, here are two ways:

  • Option 1: In a plate, place the patties and cover with a plastic wrap
  • Option 2: Pile the patties together and separate them with a greaseproof paper

Cooking The Patties


After your patties are chilled, you can start cooking them either on the grill or stovetop. No matter what your choice is, make sure that the cooking surface is really hot.

If you want your burger to be extra juicy, you can brush the patties with butter before you cook them on the pan.Avoid over flipping them because it tends to break your patties apart. As possible, flip only once when you see some browning along the sides.

To grill, spray a bit of nonstick spray before you turn on the grill. Just how you do in the pan, sear the bottom side of the patty before you flip it. Never press the patty with your spatula because it can also cause your patty to stick to the grill.

Final Thought

Learning how to make hamburger patties that don't fall apart is really quite easy. Your best option is to grind your own meat. In this way, you can use your own choice of cuts and reduce bacteria contamination. In summary, here are the steps that you should remember.

  • Use freshly ground meat
  • As possible use dry herbs and spices only
  • Chill your patties before cooking in the refrigerator
  • When cooking, flip only once

Have you tried making some homemade hamburger patties at home? Let us know how you did it in the comments section below. Don’t hesitate to share this article if you find this very informative.

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