3 Ways to Thaw Burgers

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3 Ways to Thaw Burgers
3 Ways to Thaw Burgers

Burgers are the darlings of sandwiches and please almost everyone. The ideal is to prepare the thawed hamburgers to preserve their flavor and facilitate cooking. The most effective way to do this is to refrigerate it, but this takes a few hours. If you're in a hurry, take an ice-water bath or use the microwave. Then just fry the hamburgers and add them with sauces, cheeses and whatever else you want!


Method 1 of 3: Thawing in Refrigerator

Defrost Burgers Step 1

Step 1. Place the hamburgers in the fridge

Keep meat in its original packaging. If it is damaged, place the hamburgers in an airtight pot. Place the package or pot on one of the refrigerator shelves.

Try to keep meat away from fruits and vegetables

Step 2. Let the hamburgers thaw for 10 hours every 1 kg

Touch the meat to see if it has thawed. If they are still hard and icy, leave more time. If they are soft, this indicates that they have already thawed.

Step 3. Keep thawed hamburgers in the fridge for up to two days before cooking

Unlike other methods, meat that is thawed in the refrigerator can stay there for a few hours before cooking. If you decide not to make the hamburger, put it back in the freezer within two days.

Step 4. Prepare the hamburgers on the stove or in the oven

Fry them on the stove or grill in the oven. Place the meat in the middle of your favorite type of bread and add sauces, cheeses and whatever you like to make a delicious sandwich.

  • Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the hamburgers. Those made from beef or lamb must reach 71ºC and chicken must reach 74ºC.
  • Store leftover hamburgers in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze for up to three months.

Method 2 of 3: Thawing in Cold Water

Step 1. Place the hamburgers in a waterproof plastic bag

Exposure to air or water will degrade the texture of the hamburgers. Put the meat in a plastic bag so it doesn't get wet. Resealable plastic bags are an inexpensive option and work well.

You can find resealable plastic bags in hypermarkets

Step 2. Place the plastic bag with the hamburgers in cold water

Fill the sink or large bowl with cold tap water. Dip the plastic bag with the meat into the water.

Do not use hot water, as this will heat the outer layer of the hamburgers and aid in the proliferation of harmful bacteria

Step 3. Change the water every 30 minutes until it thaws

The water will heat up over time, which helps bacteria to grow. Change it every half hour to keep the hamburgers cold. You will know the meat has thawed when it is soft to the touch.

If you're defrosting less than 450g of meat, you may not need to change the water, as the hamburgers will thaw within 30 minutes

Step 4. Fry or bake the hamburgers

Cook the meat right after defrosting. Assemble your sandwich using the bread, sauces and other ingredients you like best. Beef burgers are great with lettuce, tomato and mustard.

  • Beef and lamb hamburgers need to reach 71 ºC and chicken, 74 ºC. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the hamburgers. Cook until they arrive at the indicated numbers.
  • If you have anything left, refrigerate for up to four days. If you want to keep it longer, put it in the freezer and consume it within four months.

Method 3 of 3: Using the microwave

Step 1. Place the hamburgers on a microwave-safe plate

If you can, separate the hamburgers before placing them on the plate. This helps to defrost faster. Spread them out on the plate so they don't touch each other.

Make sure the dish is microwave safe. If in doubt, use one made of ceramic or glass

Step 2. Place the hamburgers in the microwave and select the “thaw” option

If your microwave has automatic defrost, just press this button and then start. The appliance will automatically decide how long the hamburgers need to thaw. If he asks for the weight, see what is written on the package or use a kitchen scale. Enter the correct weight into the microwave and press the start button.

If it doesn't have a defrost button, set the power to 50% and check it every five minutes

Step 3. Cook the hamburgers right after defrosting

Fry on the stove or bake in the oven. Assemble the sandwich using the ingredients you like best. If the meat is beef or lamb, try adding lettuce, cucumber and tomato.

  • Use a cooking thermometer to check the internal temperature of the hamburgers. Before becoming safe for consumption, lamb or beef must reach 71ºC, and chicken must reach 74ºC.
  • Store what is left in the refrigerator for up to four days or freeze and consume within four months.

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