Once, I was watching one of those random mid-morning talk shows that had a bunch of chefs/cooks on it. They were debating the feasibility of using a new product that helped you shape your own hamburger patties. Then they started testing it out. I can’t remember how it turned out, but I just kept wondering how many people thought that hamburger patties were super hard to make if such a product exists.
One of my best friends taught me how to do this. She learned it from her mom. When I saw how easy and simple it was to make and shape your own patties, I knew I’d definitely be using this technique. I still buy pre-made patties for the convenience, but I can’t season them the way I can with this technique.
Squish them thin. Most of the time I end up squishing them to what I think is just the right size and then they shrink and puff to be tiny and fat. Squish them thinner than what you think is the perfect size. If having four on a plate makes that impossible, do three or even just one at a time. The plastic wrap makes them easy to move around.
Use fresh or completely unfrozen meat. If there is any hint of frozen meat left, it is really hard to form the balls properly. Fresh is best, but not always an option, so make sure to thaw the meat in the fridge well before you need them.
Season them well. My favorite part about making my own patties is being able to season them to perfection. This recipe uses my favorite seasonings, but use whatever is your favorite. This is your burger. Enjoy it.
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- plastic wrap
- Prepare two large ceramic plates (best for being next to a hot grill) by placing a piece of plastic wrap over it large enough to cover the plate. Prepare another piece of plastic wrap large enough to cover the plate and save it off to the side.
- In a large bowl, place ground beef, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix with hands until spices are incorporated throughout the beef.
- Divide the beef into eight equal sized balls.
- Place four balls in a 2×2 pattern on the plate. Cover with the saved piece of plastic wrap. Push the balls down into a patty shape through the plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap and cook the patties on a grill or in a pan on the stove.