Do You?

Discussion in 'Grilling Beef' started by ronp, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. No

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  2. Never Thought About It

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  3. Yes, I Don't Like Greasy Burgers Or Steaks

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  1. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When grilling burgers or steaks squeeze the grease out with your spatula or otherwise smash it to get it out?
  2. the iceman

    the iceman Smoking Fanatic

    Nope, I go 'au naturale'. [​IMG]

    It just makes things less juicy.
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    99% of the time I am grilling buffalo burgers, but I still would not squeeze the grease out of hamburger unless it had a very high fat content. I like moist meat !!!
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    NO! No never ever ever.
    Squish, flat burger, bye-bye flavor...
    Though working in some restaurants you need that burger to cook to well in 7-8 minutes, that's when you put a cast iron skillet or press on it, not my rules, just trying to get the food out.
  5. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    I used too, before I learned the ways of the grill. But haven't for years now.
  6. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ron, you gotta be kidding, a former restaurant owner should know the answer to this.
  7. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    no way jose!!!!!!!!! I lika de juice[​IMG]
  8. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    i usually press down just a little. not to squeeze out any fat, but to tighten up the burger a bit. it also depends on how much fat i'm starting with. if i'm using a 15 to 20% fat grind, and i don't press a couple times, the burger ends up too loose. grinds with 5 to 10% tend to hold together better, and mashing doesn't seem nessesary.
  9. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just press the very center of the burger with the tip of a tong or corner of a spatula, and that's only to see if the juices are pink or clear.

  10. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    never ever ever squeeze the

    you are not only squeezing out fat but you are squeezing out juice and moisture.
  11. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    or start with a thinner burger...still no squishing needed

    and those restaurants pressing the meat, usually have crappy
  12. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nope. Never. No way.

    It's not just fat you're squeezing out but the moisture that carries a lot of the flavor too.
  13. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The juice is what makes a good burger. Nothing like having the grease run down you're arm when you take a bite.[​IMG] Heart attack, anyone?
  14. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not me. Most people get tempted to do that because they make a fair size burger only to see it contract and start to look like a meatball. So they then try to flatten it out and squeeze the juices out of it. Instead of doing that take the hamburger and before you put it on the grill, after making your pattie, put a good thumb print dimple in the middle of the burger. Then place it on the grill. You'll find it won't swell up to meat ball size again.
  15. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    whats a spatula [​IMG]
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No NO Never press all the flavor out and I don't like that at all dry hunk of hockey puck.
  17. mcp9

    mcp9 Meat Mopper

    no- and that is a pretty overwhelming poll.
  18. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Never squish! Lean beef, loosely packed with a dimple in the center, rub with a little EVOO and flip only once. Cook medium [​IMG].
  19. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No way mister!
  20. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    I don't even cook beef burgers... we do turkey burgers with a particular sauce (don't remember the name) and chopped onions. They taste better than any beef burger I've had in many years. Or we do lamb burgers - which are delicious.

    And no, no squeezing.

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