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Nov 10, 2008 04:54 PM

Hamburgers make lousy leftovers...and other thoughts

Ever try to reheat a leftover burger the next just doesn't work- the meat tastes like jerkied wild can something so delicious change it's character in just a mere 24 hours...But hamburger in it's other forms can be absolutely delicious as leftovers.....for example

1) meatloaf- it can last for days and improves with age, eventually becoming a cold sandwich, smothered with ketchup

2) meatballs- also hold up to father time, and once I tire of them with pasta, will make for a great meatball parmigiana hero

3) Steak- ah burgers in their original form- a reheated steak isn't the best either, but slice it up and make a delicious open-face steak sandwich w/ melted blue cheese

So, why are leftover burgers so lousy and it's other forms so delicious???? Not that I ever plan on burgers being leftover, but sometimes it happens

oh...and leftover hot dogs are even worse, never able to regain their original grandeur

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  1. If not overcooked, cold on bread w/ mayo and green chiles.

    1. Re-heat them gently in sauce of your choice. I like them with Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce, then into a baguette with fresh lightly pickled cucumber, carrot and daikon, mayo on one side and pate (o.k. liverwurst) in the other, plus hot peppers.

      1. The leftover offending burger (broken up) can be added to a sautee of onions and garlic and with canned tomatoes plus oregano/basil/red pepper flakes/S & P incorporated later... become the basis for a passable macaroni sauce.

        1. I think the difference between burgers and meatloaf, meatballs, etc. is the desired degree of doneness (unless of course you're a well-done burger eater). When I'm grilling burgers and I know I'll have leftovers, I purposely undercook some of them (for me, rare since I like medium rare). Reheat in the microwave for 1.5 or 2 minutes and they come out just fine.

          Leftover hotdogs, I'm with you on. Tolerable if you cut them up and make franks and beans.

          1. When grilling burgers I sometime make extra, pull them early, freeze them, and micro them back later. Works great.