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How to Cook a Medium-Rare Hamburger on the Stovetop

author image Izzy Moon
Izzy Moon brings to her craft more than 25 years of experience as a writer in the fields of broadcasting, advertising, entertainment, education, physical fitness and journalism. She has written stories, scripts and materials for radio, TV, The Autry Museum of the American West, Universal Studios and other companies. Her articles have appeared in publications throughout the United States.
How to Cook a Medium-Rare Hamburger on the Stovetop
You can cook a delicious hamburger on your stove.

Hamburgers made on the stove can taste just as good as, if not better than, hamburgers cooked on a grill. When frying up a burger that is anything less than well-done, your main concern is safety. Bacteria occurs naturally in meat products. Buy the freshest possible ground beef and store it below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Use ground beef within two days of purchase and cook it to a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Step 1

Form each hamburger patty with your hands to the desired width and about 3/4-inch thick. Season both sides of the patty with salt and pepper, to taste.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high to high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, place one or more burger patties inside the pan.

Step 3

Cook the first side of the meat for approximately 3 minutes. It should look golden brown.

Step 4

Turn over the patties using a spatula, and cook them for an additional 4 minutes.

Step 5

Check each patty’s internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer. Remove the hamburgers from the skillet with a spatula immediately when they reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

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