Making Hamburgers

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June 23, 2009

Hamburger with FriesAlmost every kitchen has one of those "old timey" potato mashers which Gramma used in the days before instant mashed or electric mixers. I still have mine and a few years ago, I broke the handle off yet another hamburger flipper. It was beginning to happen with alarming regularity.


I got out the potato masher and smushed my hamburgers down and used the edge to flip them over. There is no pressure on the handle since you are pushing straight down. They are just about the right size for a burger.

I use mine for this all the time, and haven't broken a spatula since I started using the potato masher for this purpose.

By Marty Dick from Houston, TX

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June 21, 2011

I like this beefy mushroom hamburger recipe because it is easy and so tasty.

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May 18, 2011

I raised four children, along with lots of friends and cousins, nieces and nephews. We always ate plenty of ground beef, and they all loved hamburgers and cheeseburgers.

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December 7, 2010

If you need to make a good burger in a hurry, mix the meat with a bit of mild salsa. The onions, peppers, and tomatoes will add a bit of zest.

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March 23, 2010

Cut the cooking time for hamburgers in half by making several holes in the center of each patty. The inside cooks more quickly.

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March 15, 2010

I just didn't have time to fry hamburgers one day. I decided to make hamburgers in a hurry. I mixed ground beef, chopped onions, some seasonings, yellow mustard and ketchup.

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May 15, 2007

Cheeseburger and onion lovers: If you are tired of your onions falling in your lap, this is how you hold them down. Place a piece of cheese on the hamburger, then onions, then another piece of cheese and let it melt.

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March 3, 2008

When making burgers, poke a hole straight through the middle with your finger after you have flattened them with your hands. This helps them cook faster, and stay flat.


As the burger cooks, the holes fill in a bit, but it is also easier to check to see if they are done.

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Ever try a cheeseburger from the Fatted Calf? This will duplicate it and make it even better! Make sure you use a fresh egg bun and here is the secret: Use Wispride Port Wine cheese as the cheese for it. Heavenly!

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March 5, 2013

If you cook them partially frozen, they come moist and juicy inside. I just did this and made 2 hamburgers for my sister and me. She said it was the best hamburger she ever had.

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August 24, 2010

What are the procedures for making a burger?

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December 31, 2013

Depending on the food composition and your tools, there are a number of different techniques for shaping the perfect patties. This page contains tips for shaping meat patties.

Hands Shaping Meat Patties

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November 10, 2010

When making meatloaf, I always add fresh cut up vegetables; spinach, broccoli, peas, onions. This makes for a special treat!

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August 24, 2010

When cooking hamburgers, whether on the grill or frying, never 'smash' the hamburger.

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June 25, 2009

Tips and recipes for making great hamburgers. Post your ideas.

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