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Three Ways to Tell If Your Burger is Done

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Every burger recipe will instruct you to do roughly the same: find good meat, shape your burger, season it with salt and pepper, and cook it to your desired level of doneness.

If you’re here, then you probably agree with me that that’s easier said than done. In fact, burgers can be notoriously hard to get right. You can easily overcook and just as easily undercook them; what’s hard is getting them right.

Whether you’re about to cook burgers on the grill, stove, or in the oven, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a hit or miss. Here are the three best ways to tell if your burger is done.

Should You Cook Burgers in Oil or Butter?

Pan-frying burgers

Whether you’re making burgers on the outside grill or searing them on your stove with a skillet, it’s important to know how to cook it.

When I talk about burgers with friends and readers who are beginners in cooking, one of the questions that come up the most is, “Should you cook burgers in oil or butter?”

In this post, I’m going to give you my take on the topic. Butter may seem like a good choice, but cooking correctly with it is a bit tricker than most people think.

Should Burgers Be Cooked From Frozen?

Pan-frying burgers

I’m guessing that most home cooks know how to cook a burger. But if you’re here, you’ve probably never cooked one from frozen before—and are wondering if doing so is a good idea in the first place.

Though some people will try hard to convince you otherwise, cooking frozen burgers doesn’t have to be a hit or a miss. In this post, I’ll share how to do it and what pitfalls to avoid so that your patties come out evenly cooked and perfectly juicy.

Can You Use Olive Oil to Cook Burgers?

Burgers cooking in a frying pan

Sooner or later, every home cook learns how to cook a burger on their stove. Simply grease your pan with whatever cooking oil you have in your pantry, preheat it for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat, and get that burger sizzling, right?

For most of you, that oil in your pantry is probably going to be olive oil. After all, almost every recipe calls for it and it’s by far the most prevalent product of its kind on the shelves in the grocery store.

In this post, I’m going to tell you why cooking burgers with olive oil isn’t really a good idea—and which of its substitutes you should be eyeing instead.