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#4459970 - 02/04/19 11:28 PM What weight/size do you make your burgers?  
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I use "jumbo" buns (about 4.5 inches across) and go for around 6 to 8 ounces, which ends up about 3/4 inch thick. If I'm somehow stuck with regular size buns I'll go maybe 5 ounces and just slightly thinner.

This is for normal cooking - if I'm doing burgers for more than a few people I'll go 1/4lb (and obviously regular size buns) for ease of cooking. Anyone needing more (I know I will!) can either have more or make a double...

If it's just me sometimes I'll go all the way up to 12 ounces, but at that size I use toasted sourdough - more square inches than any bun I know of and holds up better...

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#4459977 - 02/05/19 12:07 AM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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I use a small hand press that makes the burgers about 5 to 6 Oz, I use it as it keeps the patties about the same, saves arguments at the table. I'm usually making about 30 burgers at a time to be consumed that day.

Tuesday's I can have between 12 and 20 for dinner.


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#4460025 - 02/05/19 03:15 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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Ha. I only make about 4 at a time, so that I can have leftovers.
I press them out by hand. Usually between 1/3 to 1/2 lb of meat.

Salt, pepper, and some worchestershire powder. Good to go!


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#4460071 - 02/05/19 09:26 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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what size is "normal" burguers ? though i prefer to order from burguer king as they have "american" burguer size, as well as some "gourmet" hamburguers house, mcdonalds and the likes burguers are kid sized.

#4460089 - 02/06/19 12:15 AM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Blade_RJ]  
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Originally Posted by Blade_RJ
what size is "normal" burguers ? though i prefer to order from burguer king as they have "american" burguer size, as well as some "gourmet" hamburguers house, mcdonalds and the likes burguers are kid sized.


Interesting comment - I don't think theres any such thing as an "American size" burger.

Going out on a limb I'd guess maybe 3 to 4 ounces might be the overall average when it comes to fast food, going up to better restaurants they tend to range from 1/3lb to 1/2lb.

I'd also guess that there's nothing uniquely American about this.

I guess it could be said there's a bit of an American STYLE one could consider as most common here (some combination of pickles, lettuce, tomato, possibly onion), but then again I could have a burger at five different places within a mile of my house and the only common denominator be the fact they contain ground beef and some form of bread product.

Actually that'd be possible at just one restaurant in many cases...

#4460104 - 02/06/19 03:03 AM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Alicatt]  
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Originally Posted by Alicatt
I use a small hand press that makes the burgers about 5 to 6 Oz, I use it as it keeps the patties about the same, saves arguments at the table. I'm usually making about 30 burgers at a time to be consumed that day.

Tuesday's I can have between 12 and 20 for dinner.



Well uniformity also sure helps when you're making burgers in quantity - I'd never "press" a patty for myself or a few (that's a total burger sin!), but when going more for quantity than quality I'll even "sin" to the point of buying pre-made frozen patties.

That's a social day, not a "let's make the best possible burger" day... (but they'll still be pretty #%&*$# good)

EDIT: When I mentioned "pressing" a patty I was talking while raw. Just tends to make it a bit more "meatloaf" like. But that's when being anal about making the best possible in low quantity...

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#4460196 - 02/06/19 06:09 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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This is the "press" It is really just to measure quantity and keep portion control, when you are feeding the multitudes it does pay to have some portion control and it saves arguments between the kids smile
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I usually make them with a home made Kofta type spice, I do find the meat in Belgium a bit bland and flavourless. Depending on what meat I can get I usually go for pure beef, but sometimes that is hard to get and it is a mixture of beef and pork, sometimes I manage to get lamb and then I add mint to the burgers too.
Tomorrow I have to make Shepherds Pie for my grand daughter it's her 14th birthday and she asked if I would make that for her. smile


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#4460280 - 02/07/19 09:38 AM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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I tend to "make" mine by screaming "Quarter Pounder Meal" into the microphone from my car.
But good old Donalds has become way too pricey in Swedenland lately I've stopped visiting them.
Call me old and bitter, but I sure am.
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The trick to a good burger patty is not handling it too much! You want the air gaps in the meat to give it better flavor. Don't squish the hell out of it making a patty, do it gently.


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#4460322 - 02/07/19 02:36 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: theOden]  
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Originally Posted by theOden
I tend to "make" mine by screaming "Quarter Pounder Meal" into the microphone from my car.
But good old Donalds has become way too pricey in Swedenland lately I've stopped visiting them.
Call me old and bitter, but I sure am.
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LMAO

Out of curiosity, how much is it now for a Quarter pounder combo in Sweden?


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#4460353 - 02/07/19 05:43 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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I'd say 10 to 15 USD, not sure of exch.rate but aboot 90 SEK.
Was a while ago so I bet they are even more expensive now.
Junk food for the price of a normal restaurang lunch, scandalous!

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Originally Posted by theOden
I'd say 10 to 15 USD, not sure of exch.rate but aboot 90 SEK.
Was a while ago so I bet they are even more expensive now.
Junk food for the price of a normal restaurang lunch, scandalous!



Wow, that is crazy!!

I just checked and in Miami, FL a Quarter Pounder meal is just under 7 USD.


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#4460358 - 02/07/19 06:18 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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Yeah, but i think they call it the Royale with Cheese and that's worth a few extra kronor right there

Of course Sveden isn't Paris, but close enough right? biggrin


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Originally Posted by Bill_Grant
The trick to a good burger patty is not handling it too much! You want the air gaps in the meat to give it better flavor. Don't squish the hell out of it making a patty, do it gently.


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Originally Posted by DBond
Yeah, but i think they call it the Royale with Cheese and that's worth a few extra krona right there

Of course Sveden isn't Paris, but close enough right? biggrin



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#4460364 - 02/07/19 06:55 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by theOden
I'd say 10 to 15 USD, not sure of exch.rate but aboot 90 SEK.
Was a while ago so I bet they are even more expensive now.
Junk food for the price of a normal restaurang lunch, scandalous!



Wow, that is crazy!!

I just checked and in Miami, FL a Quarter Pounder meal is just under 7 USD.


Now I understand Five Guys prices. They think they are in Sweden! $14 for a Little Cheeseburger (little means one patty instead of two), fries and a drink is what I paid last week. Worth every penny though, IMHO.


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#4460366 - 02/07/19 07:10 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Zamzow]  
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Five Guys is pretty good but it’s not fantastic. For 14 bucks I’d much rather go to Chili’s and get an entree.


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#4460371 - 02/07/19 07:53 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Five Guys is pretty good but it’s not fantastic. For 14 bucks I’d much rather go to Chili’s and get an entree.


Not fantastic, I will agree, but when I want a burger it is just about perfect. Mine is right next door to Home Depot, which is one of my favorite shopping destinations. You can always use a new tool. wink


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#4460413 - 02/08/19 04:09 AM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: Bill_Grant]  
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Originally Posted by Bill_Grant
The trick to a good burger patty is not handling it too much! You want the air gaps in the meat to give it better flavor. Don't squish the hell out of it making a patty, do it gently.


100% agreed on a barbecue.

But on a commercial restaurant flat grill (or in my case a big cast iron skillet) it's the opposite - smash the first side (NOT the second cause that'll squeeze out the juices) = more contact with the grilling surface = more Maillard Reaction = better searing = better flavor!

#4460448 - 02/08/19 01:24 PM Re: What weight/size do you make your burgers? [Re: theOden]  
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Originally Posted by theOden
I tend to "make" mine by screaming "Quarter Pounder Meal" into the microphone from my car.
But good old Donalds has become way too pricey in Swedenland lately I've stopped visiting them.
Call me old and bitter, but I sure am.
smile

This last trip home the McD burgers were particularly tasteless, you did not know when you finished the burger and started to eat the cardboard.

We usually visit the McD at the supermarket in Dumbarton, it's food has been very good which was quite a surprise, we go there because it's handy when we are at that estate, we never went there this last trip but went to one nearer Glasgow as we were planning out some DIY to one of my rental properties and as there was a McD close to the B&Q (DIY/Trade store) and it was lunch time … don't want to go back there!


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