Basic Burgers
Who doesn’t love a cookout? These burgers can be made ahead of time and go on the grill at a moment’s notice.
Servings Prep Time
6burgers 20minutes
Cook Time
1hour
Servings Prep Time
6burgers 20minutes
Cook Time
1hour
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Gather the ingredients and clean/sanitize a portion of your counter to work on.
  2. Form balls roughly 8oz in weight. This should give you 6 burgers.
  3. Pick up one ball and mold it slightly into your hand. Toss it back and forth between your hands a few times before throwing it with a little force onto the clean counter. This process helps to remove any air pockets in the burger and start the patty formation.
  4. Gently press the patty in with your palm and shape with your fingers to form a round disc. Lift the meat off your work surface, flip it and gently press down. Both sides should now be flat. Repeat these steps until all 6 patties have been formed.
  5. Season the patties liberally with salt and pepper. Try using a wire rack with a sheet pan underneath to keep things tidy. Gently place the patties inside vacuum bags with a small amount of olive oil in each bag. You can place several patties in each bag as long as they have some space around them. You can also seal them individually. Vacuum seal the bags.
  6. Set the sous-vide temperature to your desired doneness. Remember that the searing process will raise the internal temperature of the food. Depending on several factors, this can be significant. Consider choosing a sous vide temperature one level below your preference – rare for medium-rare, medium rare for medium, etc. Once the water bath has reached the desired temperature place your burger patties in and close the lid. Allow them to cook in the circulator for 1 hour. You can leave them in up to 4 hours.
  7. Remove the burgers from their bags that you are planning to eat right away. The others can go in the fridge or freezer for later use.
  8. Begin by oiling and heating a skillet (cast iron is best) up to a light smoke point, Sear the patties for 1 minute on each side to achieve an even, golden brown color and crust. Alternatively you can sear on a high-heat gas or charcoal grill. Add cheese right after flipping the burgers the first time. Remove from the heat and serve with your favorite buns and toppings. Pro tip: Use a spoon to ladle some of the fat from the pan on top of the cheese. As it runs off it will melt the cheese to golden perfection.