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How to Cook a Precooked Burger?

by
author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
How to Cook a Precooked Burger?
A juicy burger in a bun with fresh tomato, onions and lettuce. Photo Credit Yulia-Images/iStock/Getty Images

Beef burgers that have already been cooked can provide an easy, simple and quick meal. Reheating burgers again can be tricky; it’s important to bring the internal temperature up to 165 F, measured with a meat thermometer for safety; however, over-heating them can result in a dried out, unappetizing burger. Be mindful when warming and you can enjoy a scrumptious burger all over again.

Step 1

Reheat the burger on the stove in a pan. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Place the precooked burger into the warmed skillet. Heat the burger for 90 seconds to 2 minutes on the first side, flip it over and continue to cook it for another 60 to 90 seconds. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer and if the burger has reached 165 F then it is ready to eat. If not, continue to cook for another minute or two, and then recheck the temperature.

Step 2

Reheat the burger in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Place the precooked burger on a baking tray or in a baking dish, uncovered. Warm the burger for 5 minutes and then check the temperature with a meat thermometer. If the burger has not reached 165 F yet, place it back in the oven to continue cooking. Check the temperature every 60 seconds or so, to avoid overcooking.

Step 3

Warm the precooked burger in the microwave. Place the burger on a microwavable safe dish and cover with a paper towel. Heat the burger for 90 seconds and then check the temperature with a meat thermometer. If the internal temperature has reached 165 F then the burger is ready to eat. If not, continue to cook in 30 to 45 second increments until it has reached the proper temperature.

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