Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Perfect Patties; Clean Hands

It is grilling season!  At our house this means burgers every Saturday, and a lot of patty making.  It is usually cheaper for me to make our own patties rather than buying the premade ones.  (Especially since premade patties are 1/3 pound and that is too big for most of the people in my house, and I like to get our ground beef from the farmer.) 
Some people have a strong aversion to touching raw meat. Others of us have small fires to put out amongst small children every minute and a half.  It can be tedious to make a patty, wash hands, deal with issues, and repeat 7 times.  If either applies to you, you are going to LOVE this post!  I learned this trick by watching my mother-in-law so I can't take credit for it.  I can make patties that are evenly seasoned, the same size and never get my hands dirty!  There is one catch: I do have a hamburger press.  Mine happens to be Tupperware, but a quick Google search shows them everywhere.  (I think that the rest of the kitchen tools that I used were all non-specific, common tools.)

1.  Season the meat and mix in a flat pan or container.  Rachel Ray once said not to over season hamburgers.  Let the flavor of the meat speak for itself.  I believed her so we use pressed garlic, salt and pepper.  I was making 8 patties this day from two pounds of ground beef.  If I were using 3 or 4 pounds I think that I would use a 9x13.

2.  Spread out the meat and cut into equal parts.  Make sure that the beef is evenly spread in the container.  I used a spatula to "cut" the beef.  (This day I felt creative and did fancy triangle, but rectangles work too as long as they are the same size!)

3. Scoop out and press into patties.  Pretty self explanatory.  I used the same spatula from cutting to remove from the container and then used my hamburger press to shape the patties.

4. Flip the press upside down onto plate or waxed paper.  I ended up with clean hands and 8 grilltastic quarter pounders that looked like this:

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  1. Interesting! We've been buying the long 8 lb chubs of 80/20 beef and then just slicing those through the wrapper and they make a great sized thick patty...but then you have to peel the wrapper part off. Now that we have 6 eaters its amazing how much more food we have to make :)


    1. We are a family of six as well. We keep eating more and more. I am curious to see how much we consume as the kids continue to get older.

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    1. I just talked to my mother-in-law who said if you stick the end of a wooden spoon in the middle of the patty they will cook more evenly as well! Now we know!

  3. Interesting! :-) I can totally relate to washing hands 50 times. No one ever calls me unless I'm making burgers or meatloaf. LOL
    Visiting from Healthy 2Day Wednesday. Thanks for sharing!!

    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

    1. I tried to have my son mix up the meatloaf the other day becuase I knew that once I got my hands in it there would be something else that needed my attention! Thanks for visiting Stacy. I LOVE your blog!

  4. What a great idea! I'll have to see about finding a hamburger press.

    1. If you make a lot of hamburgers it is worth it. Thanks for visiting Simply Made Home!

  5. Great idea! Thank you for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday and come back next week to see if you were featured!