How to Precook Hamburgers for a Cookout

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How to Precook Hamburgers for a Cookout
Grill burgers faster by precooking them in the microwave. (Sean Murphy/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Do not make your hungry guests wait for their hamburgers to cook on the grill. Precook the patties to reduce the cooking time. When cooking the patties before grilling, avoid holding the partially cooked patties for any length of time before fully cooking them as this increases the chances for the growth of dangerous bacteria.

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Things you need

  • Hamburger
  • Microwave-safe dish
  • Cling film or paper towel
  • Meat thermometer

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  1. 1

    Lightly dampen your hands and shape the hamburger into patties. Place the patties into a microwave-safe dish.

  2. 2

    Cover the dish with cling film or a paper towel to prevent splattering. Cook the burgers on "High" for five to six minutes.

  3. 3

    Leave the hamburgers in the microwave for one to two minutes after the cooking time completes so the carryover heat finishes cooking the patties.

  4. 4

    Insert a meat thermometer into the side of each patty. Transfer patties immediately to the grill if the internal temperature is below 71.1 degrees C. If the internal temperature is at or above 71.1 degrees C, the hamburgers can be refrigerated and reheated on the grill.

  5. 5

    Finish cooking or reheat fully cooked hamburgers on the grill to an internal temperature of at least 71.1 degrees C to avoid food poisoning.

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