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Reheating hamburgers

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cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 07:48 AM

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. greygarious RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 07:58 AM

    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. hotoynoodle RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 07:59 AM

      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. todao RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 08:56 AM

        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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          hotoynoodle RE: todao Jul 27, 2009 09:00 AM

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

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            c oliver RE: hotoynoodle Jul 29, 2009 08:48 PM

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

        2. LindaWhit RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 08:56 AM

          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. Phurstluv RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 09:23 AM

            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. Sam Fujisaka RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 09:35 AM

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

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                gordeaux RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 10:07 AM

                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. ipsedixit RE: cackalackie Jul 27, 2009 10:17 AM

                  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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                    c oliver RE: ipsedixit Jul 29, 2009 08:52 PM

                    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).

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                      ipsedixit RE: c oliver Jul 29, 2009 10:35 PM

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

                  2. alkapal RE: cackalackie Jul 30, 2009 03:39 AM

                    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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                      snowghost RE: cackalackie Aug 7, 2013 12:40 PM

                      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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