|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 23g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||43%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||12%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Many people think that the best burger is cooked outside on the grill. But this burger recipe, made on a countertop grill or grill pan on the stove, proves them wrong. With some simple additions and techniques, you can have a great burger that is grilled indoors.
Part of its flavor comes from adding a few key ingredients to the ground beef, such as an egg. Also critical to this burger's success? Lightly toasting the bun in the pan you used to cook the burgers, to soak up all the delicious juices.
If you opt to use leaner meats like lean ground beef, bison, or turkey, adding eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses will make your burgers juicier and more flavorful. Using a grill pan or countertop grill allows you to mimic the char you get on an outdoor grill, which adds to the grilled flavor.
Another trick is dimpling the burger in the center before you grill it. The patty will contract as it cooks and this keeps it flatter without a hump in the middle.
As with any burger, it's up to you how rare or well done you want your meat. Although there are risks of bacteria when meat is too rare, sometimes with this recipe leaving a little pink in the middle makes it extra tasty. For the well-done crowd, leave your burger on the grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes to give it that extra sear that mimics an outdoor-grilled burger.
“Sometimes grilling just feels like such a chore, especially when it’s either way too cold or way too hot out. Luckily, with a decent grill pan this recipe won’t make you miss the grill’s flavor at all.” —Noah Velush-Rogers
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, bison, or turkey
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices cheese, optional
4 hamburger buns, brioche or tender white hamburger buns
Ketchup, for garnish, optional
Mustard, for garnish, optional
Pickle slices, for garnish, optional
Sliced tomatoes, for garnish, optional
Sliced onions, for garnish, optional
Lettuce leaves, for garnish, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, egg, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Divide the mixture into four pieces. If desired, use a kitchen scale to weigh the mixture and divide evenly.
Form each piece into a ball, then press lightly with your thumb in the center of each to make a dimple in the center of the patty.
Heat a countertop grill or grill pan to medium-high heat (about 375 F). Grill the burgers until they are cooked through, about 6 minutes each side. The safe cooking temperature to reach for any ground meat is 160 F.
If desired, top the burgers with cheese. Melt the cheese by either covering the grill pan briefly with a lid or transferring the burgers to a sheet pan and placing them under the broiler for a few minutes. Remove the burgers from the grill pan or oven and keep warm.
Place the buns cut-side down on the surface of the hot grill, pressing lightly to let buns soak up any juices. Toast the buns until golden.
Serve the burgers on the buns with your choice of condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, pickles, sliced tomatoes, onions, or lettuce.
Glass Bakeware Warning
Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.
- If your meat is frozen, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
How to Store
- If you have any leftover burgers, wrap them and store them in the refrigerator. Use them within three to four days.