Who doesn’t enjoy a juicy hamburger along with other barbequed food items on the weekend with their friends? Well, everybody does! Hosting barbeque nights are so popular during summers to enjoy the weather and homecooked meals at home. However, a lot of people complain about their hamburgers falling apart as the beef burgers won’t stick together. This cannot only ruin your mood but also add to your cleaning task.
How to make hamburger patties that don’t fall apart
So to help you find the solutions on how to keep hamburger patties together, I have gotten some tips and tricks to share that can help you to avoid such situations in the future:
Use burger binders
Eggs to the rescue
Many of my friends and relatives use this trick of using a binder to make sure that the hamburger patties stick together. You can add one egg yolk for one pound of hamburger so that it doesn’t fall apart. An egg is the best binding agent as it contains a high level of proteins that help in holding the moisture in the patties and keeping them together.
Alternatives for egg
If you do not wish to egg to bind the hamburger patties, you can also opt for other binders such as wheat flour, oatmeal, cracker crumbs, or even flax seeds. For substituting eggs with flax seeds, you need to mix flax seeds and warm water in the ratio of 1:3. Mix both the ingredients and let it sit for a minute, and voila your burger binder is ready!
Apart from all these, you can also add crushed black beans or chickpeas to the mixture of patties to help them stick together.
Reduce the liquid flavorings
Using a high amount of liquid flavorings makes it challenging to hold the patties together due to the moisture in the mixture. To avoid this, opt for a blend of spices in the mixture and add sauces on the burgers once cooked. This way, you can avoid the patties from falling apart.
Keep the meat cold
To keep the hamburger patties together, you can also keep the meat in the fridge and then use it in the mixture as the cold things have a better binding capacity. You can keep the ground meat in the refrigerator before making the patties or even keep the patties in the fridge before frying them as your hands transfer some heat while you shape the patties or make them. So use cold meat for these burgers to stick these patties together.
Avoid flipping burgers frequently.
A lot of chefs across the globe recommend that flip your burgers as less as possible. Flipping it frequently increases the chances of the patties to fall apart. As the burgers are cold initially, the chances of the patties to fall apart are less, as it starts cooking, the chances of them falling apart increases. Next time you are tempted to flip your burgers more than the usual, remember that this can also be why your hamburger patties are not sticking together.
All the tips mentioned above work well for keeping the hamburger patties together. Just make sure you don’t use many liquid ingredients or seasoning in the mixture, avoid flipping it too much, and use cold meat if possible to make hamburgers that don’t fall apart!