Directions for Pan Fried Hamburgers

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Directions for Pan Fried Hamburgers
Pan fry hamburgers for convenience, and for faster results than a grill. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Pan-fry burgers when you are rushed, the weather isn't good for outside grilling, or you simply do not want to go through the ritual of setting up the grill. Fry a moist delicious burger while you are indoors assembling and cooking the rest of the meal, without having to run out to check their progress on the grill. Enjoy the flavour of pan-fried hamburgers because they cook in their own juices to remain moist and delicious.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Skillet or electric frying pan
  • Seasonings
  • Plastic spatula
  • Stem thermometer
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Turn on the stove burner or electric frying pan to medium high and preheat the non-stick skillet until a drop of water falling on it sizzles.

  2. 2

    Place the thawed hamburger patties -- seasoned on both sides with the seasoning of choice -- into the skillet and cook for approximately two to three minutes.

  3. 3

    Flip the hamburger patties with a plastic spatula so the skillet is not inadvertently scratched, and cook the patties for another minute.

  4. 4

    Cover the skillet and cook for an additional two to three minutes, or until the juices run clear when the hamburger patty is pressed down on with the spatula.

  5. 5

    Measure the internal temperature of the patty with a stem thermometer to be certain it is at least 73.9 degrees C or higher. Cook a minute longer on each side for well-done patties.

  6. 6

    Remove the patties from the skillet and place on paper towels to drain. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the grease in the skillet to fry sliced onions, mushrooms or garlic cloves to add to the burgers.
  • If you are cooking extra lean burgers treat the skillet immediately before placing the burgers in it with a non-stick spray.
  • During the last minute of cooking a slice of cheese may be added so it will melt.
  • The burgers will generate a good deal of grease, be cautious when flipping the patties so you do not splash it on yourself.

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