Ground beef patties are a great food to make ahead, freeze, and throw on the grill or in the skillet
If you're looking for meals that are easy to have on hand when you're short on time, hamburger patties are a tasty choice. Make them ahead of time, separate with sheets of wax paper, freeze, and they're ready to thaw and cook at a moment's notice.
It's easiest to purchase beef in larger packages and make them at one time. Out of a 5.5 pound package, for instance, you may be able to have 18-19 patties. Plan on about 7 patties for every 2 pounds of meat - this should give you a nice "finished" size when they're cooked. Ground beef does not make the best patties after it has been frozen and thawed - we recommend making the patties first.
Our Ground Beef Patties
For every two pounds:
Adjust the quantities more or less to taste. Patty shapes are a matter of preference - thick and stubby or large, flatter rounds.
The best (i.e., juiciest) hamburgers should not be made from the leanest beef as they can be dry. However, if you're watching fats, by all means use the leanest ground beef you can find.
Grill or fry in a skillet. If using a skillet, there will be plenty of grease pops. If you own a skillet screen, it will help, but the tiny grease droplets will still make a minor mess. On the grill, beware of flareups and if you prefer the charred taste, press down with a spatula to release more of the grease.
Ground beef safety.
Always cook ground beef until it is well done. To kill bacteria, ground
beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees.
Ground beef tips. Bring the patties to room temperature if possible before cooking. Let them rest for about 5 minutes before serving to let the juices run throughout. Cut into the center of a patty - if it's pink, it may need to cook longer. Microwave thawing is great as long as it is done carefully. Do not let the meat partially cook (that's another invitation for bacteria).
While we think grilling
is the best method, sometimes stovetop cooking is the only option. Whichever
method you choose, there are several ways to enjoy. As the typical hamburger
with buns and all the fixings, of course. Sauté mushrooms in
Worcestershire sauce and top, or saute onions in olive oil, add a slice
of cheese on the patty. They can also be eaten with steak sauce and
a side of broccoli for a delicious meal.
2005-2006 C.K. Kennedy
Pittsburg, TX 75686
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