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How do you Fully Cook a Burger in a Frying Pan Without Burning it on the Outside?

How do you Fully Cook a Burger in a Frying Pan Without Burning it on the Outside?

There’s nothing better than biting into a big juicy burger.

If you’re not planning on grilling, cooking your burger in a frying pan can be difficult to get right.

Because of the even way that a stovetop cooks, it’s easy to overcook your burger.

The good news is that there are several ways that you can cook the perfect burger without ever turning on the grill.

How Do You Fully Cook a Burger in a Frying Pan Without Burning it on the Outside?

When it comes to cooking burgers in a frying pan without overcooking them, the first step is to have uniform patties. You also want medium to medium-high heat. If your stovetop heat is too high, you will burn the outside of your burgers before the inside can cook. Lastly, you need to look at your burger, making sure to flip it at the right time.

How do you Fully Cook a Burger in a Frying Pan Without Burning it on the Outside?
How do you Fully Cook a Burger in a Frying Pan Without Burning it on the Outside?

Proper Cooking Tequinuques for Cooking Your Burger in a Skillet

When it comes to cooking burgers in a skillet, heat is everything.

Unlike a grill, cooking a burger in a skillet has heat dispersed evenly throughout.

To cook your burger, you first want a heated pan.

If you put your burger patties into the pan when it’s cold, there will be an uneven dispersion of heat as the pan heats.

Place the patties evenly apart, make sure that they aren’t touching. If your patties touch, they will end up cooking unevenly.

Your burgers need to be flipped. When it comes to this, timing plays an important part.

Flip the burgers at the right time
Flip the burgers at the right time

If you are looking for a medium-rare, for example, you want to cook it for three minutes on each side.

If you would like your burger medium, cook for four minutes on each side.

Medium well should be around four and a half minutes, and well done should be about five minutes per side.

Because your patties might not be even, using a meat thermometer can help you in determining if your burger patties are done.

You can also touch them to check.

Medium to medium-high heat to cook the burgers
Medium to medium-high heat to cook the burgers

If your burger patties are still raw in the center, when you press your finger into them on the stove, they will feel cold in the center.

Because of the way that your stovetop cooks, covering your pan can help you achieve the temperature that you desire for your burger.

When your frying pan is covered, the heat continues to circulate.

Make sure the burger patties are the same size
Make sure the burger patties are the same size

Butter Versus Oil

When you are cooking burgers on the stovetop, your cooking grease can make a big difference.

Oil heats faster than butter. If you decide to use olive oil, you should watch the temperature of your pan.

When using oil, your pan can become very hot quickly. However, don’t let that discourage you.

Cooking your burger in oil produces a great sear on each side, it just takes a little effort on your part to make sure that the outside doesn’t burn before the inside has a chance to cook.

Cooking burgers in butter is a popular stovetop method.

This method not only has a lower burning point but also adds extra fat and can keep your burger patties juicer.

One of the reasons why I prefer cooking burger patties in butter rather than oil is that you have a little more control over how your patties heat.

Place the burger patties evenly apart, make sure that they aren't touching
Place the burger patties evenly apart, make sure that they aren’t touching

Additional Ways to Help Cooking

There are several ways to achieve the perfect burger on a stovetop. One of those ways is cheese.

Like with butter, cheese adds fat to your burger, making it less likely to burn during the cooking process.

However, you need to remember to flip your burger before adding cheese.

You can also cover your skillet with a lid for a more even cooking. This will also melt the cheese.

If you are a fan of onion, you can also cook your burger using the onion trick. Slice a raw onion about half of an inch thick.

You want the onion to be the part that touches the pan.

To prevent burgers from burning on the outside in a frying pan use medium to medium-high heat and uniform burgers. Also make sure to flip the burgers at the right time
To prevent burgers from burning on the outside in a frying pan use medium to medium-high heat and uniform burgers. Also, make sure to flip the burgers at the right time