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Old 04-17-2010, 07:38 AM   #1
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Burger flipping

Somewhere along the line I was taught to only flip meat once when grilling or sauteing. This article was a surprise to me. Not only does their experimentation find better results from frequent flipping, but they reference Harold McGee who says basically the same thing.

The Burger Lab: How Often Should You Flip a Burger? | A Hamburger Today

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Old 04-17-2010, 09:42 AM   #2
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Hmm that is very interesting. I will admit to being a flip once guy. My guess to the reason that so many people claim this is the best way (even if they do not realize it) is because there is a missing factor the author did not mention. Many people who flip multiple times don't just flip. They flip and mash. If you add the spatula mashing to the multiple flipping then the data would change drastically I bet.

I do my burgers the exact opposite of the way the author says to do it. I start mine on a super hot grill and then when I flip I turn off the heat directly under the burger and cook the second side with indirect heat. My grill grates are cast iron so when I flip the burger there is enough heat to still brown the second side. One thing I would be nervous about when multiple flips with my burgers is that there would be more chances for the burger to fall apart. I take a lot of care to assemble my burgers gently with as little compression as possible so the end result is as tender as can be. I would fear my burgers would not always hold up to multiple flippings.

Thanks for posting this article. It was a really interesting read. It is good to know there is more than one way to cook a great burger.
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Old 04-17-2010, 10:29 AM   #3
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I'm a flip once-er too. Except for SO's burger, I flip once and press because that's the way she wants it. She's grossed out by the juices that ooze out of my unpressed burger. I just smile and grab extra napkins.
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:50 PM   #4
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GB I agree with your statement about to much flipping can cause the burger to fall apart.. If you noticed in the pictures, the one on the left (the constant flipper) was a bit broken up, while the one on the right (once flipped) was more uniform..

I am a one time flipper, no mashing involved, and am proud of it!!!
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:51 PM   #5
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What about frozen burgers?
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:52 PM   #6
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What about frozen burgers?
What are those???
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Standard fare in institutional 'dining' facilities.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:01 PM   #8
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Well i've eaten them but never made them.. I love a good burger,and if i'm going to make them, I buy 80-20 and make them the same day...
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What about frozen burgers?
The article made a point of saying he only tested thick homemade burgers and not thin burgers (like frozen).
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I would thaw a frozen burger before cooking it.
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