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Reheating hamburgers

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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.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Yep, and to me that's dog food :(

        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.

          1. 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...

                    1. 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!