Hamburgers can be cooked many different ways, including on the stove or grill, and in the oven. The oven-cooked hamburger tends to be juicier and more tender than hamburgers cooked with other methods because the oven allows heat to be evenly distributed.
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The most common types of beef used for hamburgers are ground chuck, ground sirloin, ground round and ground beef with varying percentages of fat. All of these options can be purchased from your local grocery store.
While meat with less fat content will make for a healthier burger, the higher the fat content, the more heat the meat can withstand and the juicier your burger will be.
Step 1: Preheat and Prep
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wash your hands before combining 1/4 pound of ground beef , 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Mix together and form a ball, which should be about the size of a golf ball.
The most popular additions to a burger, after salt and pepper, are chopped onion and garlic powder.
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Step 2: Make Your Patties
Flatten the ball into a patty less than 1/2 an inch thick. Usually the thinner the patty, the less chance of overcooking and drying out the exterior.
If you refrigerate the patties for later use, keep them at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and use within two days.
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Step 3: Prepare the Baking Pan
Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the pan in the oven for five minutes before using. Heating the pan before the patty touches it will sear the patty quickly, locking in the juices. Then, place the patty on the baking pan, using cooking tongs.
Step 4: Bake, Flip and Top
Bake the patty for five minutes. After five minutes, juices will start to appear on the surface of the patty. This is a good indication that the inside of the patty is being cooked.
Pull the pan out of the oven with oven mitts. Flip the patty with cooking tongs. Add 1/4 cup each of diced green pepper and chopped onion to the surface of the patty.
Step 5: Finish Baking Your Burgers
Return the pan to the oven. Bake for an additional five to 12 minutes, until the interior of the patty is no longer pink or is cooked to your liking.
Stick a meat thermometer into the center of the patty. Make sure it reads a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
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