Burgers are one of the easiest things to cook, right? Make a patty and throw it on the cooktop! But there’s a lot more to doing it right. So you can avoid the common mistakes people often make when cooking burgers, here are the finer points that make all the difference.
When burger night rolls around in your household and you’ve got some meat stashed away in the freezer, how are you defrosting it? If you just set it out on the counter in the middle of the morning so that it’s ready by dinnertime, you might want to reconsider.
Food safety guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service say that the safest way to defrost meat is either by putting it in the refrigerator or running it under cold water in the sink. Why? It prevents any part of the frozen meat from reaching a temperature where bacteria can grow and thrive. It takes a little bit more planning, but it means that you can rest easy knowing your meat won’t get anyone in your family sick. If you absolutely must speed up the defrosting process, thaw your beef in the microwave.
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Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.