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Reheating hamburgers

We have some grilled hamburgers leftover from a cookout yesterday. What is the best way to reheat them? I would usually just microwave one or two, but I'll probably be using all 6 for dinner.

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  1. You didn't say if you want them to stay close to the same level of doneness. If so, let them come to room temp, covered, then heat them up in a low oven (250 or less), covered. Or leave them in the fridge, make a stir-fry and break them in to heat up at the end, use in tacos/burritos or other Tex/Mex dish, or add them to tomato sauce for pasta.

    1. that depends on what internal temp they were finished at. mid-rare or even medium chopped meat might be better off crumbled up in a sauce or chili for safety.

      1. Assuming they were originally completely cooked to USDA recommendations, I'd put them on a low profile rack in a pan, cover, add some water and steam to heat them through. No need to recook them.

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        1. re: todao

          usda recs are to cook the meat to well-done.

        2. The idea of reheating burgers to eat as they were originally cooked (burger on a bun) is just icky to me. I agree with breaking them up and using them in a sauce for pasta, tacos, or chili.

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            was gong to just comment on my own, but seeing this made me sad for people who don't know how to make reheated or leftover food into something amazing...because in actuality, a burger that had been originally ordered medium rare or less can easily be reheated as long as it's done the right way, and taste just as delicious as it originally would have... But since you sound like the kind that orders a burger well-done, i can see why you'd think that... judgement aside...here's my self-proclaiming foodie tips...
            1. Take care in storing the burger, this step is CRUCIAL as the it needs at least the opportunity to stay juicy and fresh or you might as well throw in away in the first place. Keep everything that should be hot SEPARATELY STORED from everything that should be cold. Whether you ordered it at a restaurant and are taking it home, or felt a tadbit lazy after a long day and ordered it to be delivered to your humble abode, this number one principal will ensure deliciousness upon reheating. Place cold toppings (lettuce, onion, tomato, whatever else) in one container and patty in another and refrigerated separately until you are ready to reheat. Loosely wrap bun in aluminum foil and keep at room temperature unless you are planning to eat burger in over 24 hours, if so, refrigerate bun.
            2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.. calm down..this ain't barbecue people, NO low and slow here, fast and hot is the best way to reheat red meat while avoid overcooking
            3. Once oven has preheated, place burger patty on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, and cook in oven for 3 minutes.
            4. Flip burger and cook for an additional 3 minutes, place foil wrapped bun on in oven.
            5. Remove burger/bun from oven, garnish with refrigerated toppings/condiments of your choosing
            6. ENJOY!!!

            1. re: acmeissn

              "But since you sound like the kind that orders a burger well-done, i can see why you'd think that... judgement aside...."
              Except for that judgment right ^there^, since you haven't a clue about how I like my burgers. TOO funny for your first post!

              Just so you're aware, my burgers are always medium-rare. I've been cooking my own food for about 40 years, so you know what? I've got burger cooking down pat.

              Your method is of reheating is steaming the burger inside the foil. NO THANK YOU. I prefer my burgers freshly grilled or pan-seared.

              I'm perfectly capable of re-purposing food in another dish, as that is my PREFERRED METHOD, (as I noted above) chili, pasta sauce, or taco meat) vs. steaming a burger in the oven.

          2. I have put them in their toasted buns, cut in half, turned the halves outward, and covered or wrapped in foil and heat in the oven for about 10 minutes. They will be well done for sure, but at least they will be heated through, without losing too much juice. They come out fine, at least with lots of mayo & ketchup ;)

            1. I like them cold with hot rice. I'd microwave if I wanted re-heated.

              1. You are allowed to microwave one or two at a time until you get to all 6. Do whjatever you'd do when you "usually microwave one or two," but instead, do it several times. Also, if you are familiar with using the "power levels" of your microwave, this will avoid recooking them too badly, and will reheat them. if you have a newer "inverter" microwave, you would not have to worry about this stuff. I got one a few months ago, and I'm figuring out that the old microwaves kinda stink for this exact scenario - even tho they do have power levels.

                1. Put a patty in a ziploc bag. Seal. Run some hot water over the bag until the patty comes up to room temp. Remove, plate on bun, and eat.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Boy, I don't know. A room temp burger to me doesn't sound much better than cold out of the fridge.

                    I've never done a burger this way but I've reheated many things in the MW, 50% power for seconds at a time. I mean seconds, like 7 or 10. Turn it over and more seconds. I've been able to reheat steak and still keep it medium rare (start with moo-ing though).

                    1. re: c oliver

                      The problem with the microwave is that it tends to change the texture of the patty. Makes it rather rubbery IMO.

                  2. i like phurstluv's idea of foil wrapping and low oven...

                    that said, i'll also split the burgers, warm in a skillet with some gravy (and mushrooms if i have some), then put on a toasted bun.

                    i think micro toughens, too, and will try that usually on 60% heat for maybe 20 or so seconds...

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                    1. re: alkapal

                      Yeah microwave is the one way I wouldn't do it. I usually keep them leftover with the bun and dressing already added, so I split it in half and toast for three minutes or so in the toaster oven. Hey it's just leftovers, not a gourmet feast!

                    2. I wrap on hamburger in a wet paper towel, place on microwave safe plate, put microwave on dinner/re heat or power .9 nuke for 50 seconds. Awesome!

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                      1. re: snowghost

                        Ya just 'nuke' a couple at a time and have everything ready for your family/guests to 'build' their own burgers. Put the nuked burgers on some parchment paper in a warm oven. Don't cover.

                      2. I agree with Phurstluv's recommendation. Wrap in foil, put in a moderate over for ten minutes or so. Microwaving sounds ideal, but my experience is that everything gets tough.