Seriously, how hard can it possibly be to make hamburgers? You just take a handful of ground beef and smash it together with your hands and slap it on the grill, right? Unfortunately, that’s how I learned the hard way. Yes, I had created hamburgers but the patties ended up looking sloppy and they tasted pretty bland. The one thing I’ve learned when it comes to feeding my family is that presentation and taste is key. If it looks bad and tastes like it looks, chances are the next time you mention that you are making hamburgers, they might turn you down and take the unhealthy fast food option instead. Learning how to make hamburger patties the right way can prevent future disaster.
Step One: How to improve the taste
Unless you enjoy the plain taste of ground beef you’re going to want to spice things up. My father-in-laws views meat seasoning is always salt, pepper and garlic powder. This philosophy works, but if you want to add some wow factor, I’d suggest taking it a step further.
Start off by mixing your ground beef with one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, one tablespoon of soy sauce, half a packet of onion soup mix, about two tablespoons of shredded cheese plus salt, pepper, garlic and thyme at your own discretion.
Step Two: How to make hamburger patties
This is the step where most people go wrong because they don’t know where to start to learn how to make hamburger patties. The best way to create uniform hamburger patties, is to use a template. Before you go out and spend money on products built for this purpose, you might want to check your own cupboards first. What I have found that works best is round Tupperware lids. Find a lid that best fits your desired result, but remember that the patties will cook down, so don’t pick one that is too small.
Take a piece of plastic wrap and cover the lid. Place your ground beef into your template and mold it into shape.
Step Three: Grill and Enjoy
Grill your patties at a high heat. Be sure to watch them closely since the drippings can get quite flammable.
Once the patties meet your required level of doneness, place them on toasted buns and add your favorite condiments.
Here’s the recipe on how to make hamburger patties that are awesome:
- 1lb Ground Beef
- 1 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tsp. Soy Sauce
- 1/2 Packet of Onion Soup Mix
- 2 Tbsp. Shredded Cheese
- Garlic Powder
- In a bowl, mix all ingredients with your hands. (Yes, your hands.)
- Shape into patties.