The Best Way to Cook a Precooked Burger

Precooked burgers don't always mean they're ready to eat.
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Beef burgers that have already been cooked can provide an easy, simple and quick meal. Reheating burgers again can be tricky, though, as it's important to bring the internal temperature up to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, measured with a meat thermometer for safety.

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On the flip side (pun intended), 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.

Things You'll Need

  • Hamburger patty

  • Skillet

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Baking tray

  • Meat thermometer

  • Microwavable safe dish

  • Paper towel

Stove

  1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet.
  2. Place the precooked burger into the warmed skillet.
  3. Heat the burger for 90 seconds to 2 minutes on the first side.
  4. Flip it over and continue to cook it for another 60 to 90 seconds.
  5. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer and if the burger has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit, then it's ready to eat. If not, continue to cook for another minute or two, and then recheck the temperature.

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Oven

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

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Microwave

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

Tip

Defrost frozen precooked burgers in the refrigerator overnight before warming or cooking again.

Add condiments to the burger, such as barbecue sauce, steak sauce, mustard and ketchup if the burger becomes to dried out for your taste. Condiments can add flavor and moisture to meat.

Sprinkle additional seasonings on the burger if you desire, such as salt and pepper. But remember that the burger will still contain the original spices and flavor.

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