How to Marinate Hamburger Patties

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How to Marinate Hamburger Patties
Marinated hamburger patties enhance the flavour of the burger. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If your hamburgers don't have much flavour, maybe a proper marinade is the trick. Marinating your patties causes the spices and oils to soak into the meat and develop flavour during the cooking process. Developing an effective marinade can be the difference between a good burger and a great burger.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops liquid smoke
  • 3 to 5 drops sesame oil
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Mustard
  • Casserole dish
  • Brush

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  1. 1

    Pour a 1/2 cup of soy sauce, 1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce, 3 drops of liquid smoke and 3 to 5 drops of sesame oil in a bowl and whisk lightly to mix. Add 2 tbsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of salt and a liberal amount of freshly cracked pepper. Begin lightly whisking, and simultaneously, add a sufficient amount of mustard to give it a brownish colour.

  2. 2

    Add 2 tbsp of the marinade in with the meat, and begin forming the patties. Try to get an equal amount of marinade in with each patty by kneading the marinade in with the meat.

  3. 3

    Put the prepared patties in a casserole dish and pour remaining marinade over the patties. Let the patties sit in the refrigerator for an hour.

  4. 4

    Place the patties on the prepared grill, and brush the leftover marinade on the patties.

Tips and warnings

  • Try cooking over charcoal, instead of gas, to enhance the flavour.
  • The marinade has been sitting with raw meat, so make sure the marinade is brushed on at the beginning of the cooking process so that it can be cooked as well.

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