Do you want to know how to make perfectly shaped hamburger patties every time? Well, I am going to show you how I learned to do it in Culinary School. Actually, I was surprised that I had not ever thought of doing it this way.
When I make hamburger patties, I get so frustrated trying to press the center of my raw patties so that they will cook more evenly, and they split around the edges. Then I am trying to shape the patties again by pressing the edges, and the burger gets too thick in the center again. I will usually purchase a large package of hamburger meat and make a few patties to grill that day, and I make a couple of bags of hamburger patties to freeze for later. This will save you so much time in the future.
In Culinary School, we served the most beautiful and delicious hamburgers. The burger looked like it was something out of a food magazine. The secret is to get a perfectly shaped hamburger patty before you place the patty on the grill.
The secret I learned, is using a lid to a large mayonnaise jar. You can use any large lid or even a tuna can. I have also used a small plastic bowl, but a lid will work the best. You need parchment paper so the patties will not stick to the lid. If you do not have parchment paper, plastic wrap will work also. I freeze some of my patties, so I like using the parchment paper for the freezer. You will need scissors to cut the parchment paper into squares.
Place a handful of hamburger meat into a lid lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap. You have to have the lid lined with the paper, or you will never get the patty out of the lid in one piece.
Press the hamburger patty flat.
Lift the edge of the paper to remove the hamburger patties, and they are ready for to be seasoned for the grill, if you have not seasoned the meat before shaping into patties.
Having perfectly shaped hamburger patties will help your burger to cook evenly. I usually place the perfectly shaped hamburger patties into a freezer bag if I am not cooking the hamburgers that day.