Have you ever put ice in your burger?

This unusual cooking technique will make your patties better than ever before

5w ago

There are plenty of unusual cooking combinations in existence, but I can't say that putting ice in my burger patties before grilling them has ever occurred to me.

Well, it turns out that it is the secret to creating fantastic burgers, according to Masterchef judge and well-known chef Graham Elliot, who it's safe to say knows a few things about cooking.

He revealed this unusual secret during an interview on Fox News. According to Elliot, the secret is putting a small ice cube in the middle of his burger patties before putting them on the grill.

"Make your patties, then put your little ice cube in there and then when you grill it, it keeps it moist and keeps it from getting dried out," Elliot told Fox News during his interview.

The reasoning behind this strange method is that the ice cubes will apparently prevent the burgers from overcooking, while adding extra moisture to the beef to ensure the burgers don't dry out. The ice itself needs to be moulded 'into' the burger patty, encased in the minced beef.

I'm sure you're probably thinking the ice will make the burgers soggy or cold - not to fear, as the ice will melt away and be completely undetectable upon serving.

And if you're worried about the ice cubes making your burgers cold or wet — don't! The ice melts pretty quickly so no one will even know they were there.

So, why not give this technique a try next time you get the grill out?

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Comments (5)

  • I’d rather not have even more water in the burger mince than already: if you buy your mince in the supermarket, it’s just thawed-out processed stuff that leaks water and strange things in the pan. maybe, if you’re grilling your burger (summer, or Bear Grylls’ cousin), you should encase the patty with aluminium foil to prevent the juices from escaping and the whole thing from drying out.

      1 month ago
  • Never thought about steaming burgers from the inside out. Interesting!

      1 month ago
  • interesting technique

      1 month ago
  • We need a third No choice. I have, literally, cooked thousands of burgers in my lifetime (professionally and in my free time). The key to not overcooking a burger is...to not overcook it. If you are cooking and paying attention you will be just fine. And you don't need to add ice. It seems an interesting technique but kind of useless.

      1 month ago
  • I'd probably use frozen beef or vegetable stock rather than straightforward ice. I get the logic though.

      1 month ago