How do you make juicy burgers?

I made burgers tonight with lean ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, egg, splash of milk, garlic powder, tony chachere's, and bread crumbs. I cooked them on my George Foreman and they were dry and didnt have a lot of flavor. Help me!!!

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abs0726

Asked by abs0726 at 9:31 PM on Mar. 1, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • It almost seems to me like you put too much into your burgers. Almost like you were making meatloaf instead. Or maybe meatballs. Notice how those always have some sort of tomato or sauce base. No breadcrumbs, egg, or milk. I don't know what tony chachere's is. A seasoning? What kind of beef were you using. Honestly, for burgers, I skip the 90/10 and go for the more fatty kinds. The fat is for taste and moisture. Other than that, what you're putting in sounds fine. Perhaps you cooked them too long. I know with my George, he likes to be aggressive and if I'm not careful he'll overcook my stuff.
    Pandabug

    Answer by Pandabug at 9:56 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

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  • Dice up onions and mushrooms and put them in your burgers! Sooooo tasty and makes them nice and juicy. :)
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 9:37 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

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  • Get onion soup mix, it comes in a little box in the soup isle. You just mix a packet in with about 1 lb to 1.5 lbs of ground beef and MMMMMMM yummy! Dont put too much though, it can make the burgers tough.
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 9:40 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

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  • Part of the problem may be that you did it on the Foreman. When cooking burgers, you should never squeeze them, which is just what the George Foreman does. The fat is what gives the flavor...the dryer they are means the less fat they have, whether its been cooked out of them (by cooking them too long), or squeezed out thru pressing. Over working the meat can also affect the texture of the burgers. I learned this watching Boy Meets Grill with Bobby Flay, yeah I know, I'm a dork.

    momjoy1027

    Answer by momjoy1027 at 9:50 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

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  • We cook ours in water. I know it sounds gross....but it's REALLY good. It keeps the burgers VERY moist. Just add about an inch of water in the pan (if pan frying) with all your seasonings. Make sure the water doesn't cook out though. Try it just once...I think you'll like it.
    Kaytlynsmommy

    Answer by Kaytlynsmommy at 9:50 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

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  • The only way I make burgers now is to add a package of onion soup mix and a litle catsup. They have gotten raves every time.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 12:34 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • Ok all I can tell you is that lean beef will always give you dry burgers. The fat is what makes food juicy and flavorful. as long as your using the george forman it will cut out quite a bit of fat from it. that is the only way to really get a juicy flavorful burger.
    stephmiester87

    Answer by stephmiester87 at 1:07 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • bbq them :)
    alexis_06

    Answer by alexis_06 at 2:26 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • mmm... I want a big juicy burger!! follow that with a big slice of chocolate cake and a glass of milk!!
    linzhh

    Answer by linzhh at 3:03 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • Don't use bread crumbs or Eggs or even milk. Use fattier beef-especially on the foreman, add your Worcestershire sauce and a couple dashes of soy and some pepper, Diced onions if you like. I would much rather do them in a frying pan or on the grill, the foreman tends to dry red meat out and make it tough.
    Boothfamily

    Answer by Boothfamily at 9:02 AM on Mar. 2, 2009

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