Ah yes – The delicious food is known as ground beef, a.k.a hamburger. The delightful food is known around the globe, and used in many ways, in various family recipes. People have been putting it on grills for decades, as well as, using it for various other ideas like meatloaf, goulash, and Shepard pie, just to name a few. What if you would like to eat later? Here are a few useful tips on how to re-heat hamburger below!
The childhood memories of a big old patty sandwiched between two slices of bread, because that was our hamburger buns, hot-dog buns, and sandwich bread. The great feeling of happiness, even though it meant there was about to be a river of grease running down my arm if the bread didn’t go soggy from soaking up.
Knowing that I would be enjoying a leftover burger for lunch the next day was a great feeling too. But how do you reheat that hamburger, without drying it out and feeling overcooked?
Why Does Reheated Food Taste Weird?
Everyone loves a good dish of comfort food leftovers. But why is it that leftovers always taste weird? This goes for that delicious dish your significant other made the other night all the way to include those leftovers from that big take-out supper you had two days ago. Many reasons can influence the taste of your delicious meal the next day. Surprisingly, more often than not, it depends on the food that is being reheated.
I will give you a hint – it is science! Different foods, break down differently as they cool. Meat, being one of those, goes through continuous change as it cools down. Meat is a protein-rich food, that as it breaks down during the cooling process, releases iron. Iron naturally breaks down the other food that is in the dish, thus changing the tastiness of the complete meal you were looking forward to.
We cannot ignore the changes in the texture that happen either. All those delightful textures that made the meal so delightful, somehow just vanish overnight. Part of this is due to the moisture content that the food has. The more water that is present, the more dramatic the taste change will be. This process also affects vegetables, salads, and pasta too.
Can You Reheat Hamburger?
Let us be clear about something – if you have cooked a hamburger, and mixed it in a dish, then you should be thinking about that dish when pondering reheating. The simple answer to your question about how to re-heat hamburger is yes, you can re-heat the hamburger. However, this is going to depend on several factors that may be important to know.
For example, was it cooked thoroughly the first time? Was it handled and stored properly in a fridge or freezer after it was cooked? Then, there is the good old, how am I going to reheat this hamburger question. Do I want to just toss it into the oven, or do I want to radiate it in the microwave? Do I really want to fire the grill for this one hamburger? Maybe you just want to eat it cold – no that isn’t correct. Otherwise, you would not be here reading this article to find all your glorious answers to the burning question about reheating hamburgers.
I know what you are thinking – “What is the difference? I just want to reheat the hamburger and enjoy.” The problem is that being an adult means being responsible and knowing all the information before executing the wrong choice possibly. Yes, I know being an adult is hard sometimes, and sucks, but what choice have you got?
How To Reheat Meat Without Overcooking It?
As I just mentioned, there is a bunch of different ways to reheat hamburger. Now the concern is, how do you do it without making it feel like a dried-out beef jerky patty? Side note, beef jerky made with ground beef is surprisingly good, but I digress. If you are using a microwave it is going to be fast and easy, but it will most likely dry out your meat by the time it’s done warming it up for you. Do not get too concerned, I have a solution…
Put your hamburger on a microwave-safe dish, that has a lid. Next, put a bit of water, olive oil, or some of your favorite sauce in there. About a tablespoon should be enough to keep it moist. Make sure you put the lid on, so that it holds the moisture in, microwave your beef on a medium setting for roughly a minute. Give it a quick stir so the heat distribution is nice and even. Give it another minute on a higher setting, and voila! Enjoy nice moist leftover beef.
Now if you are using an oven, or a toaster oven, the idea will be similar, but the execution will be different. In an oven or toaster oven, you will want to preheat the oven to 350F or 400F. You now have a couple of options to choose from. The first one is to use a casserole dish, or oven-safe dish to reheat your beef. Then it will be the same idea, a tablespoon of water, olive oil, or favorite sauce.
Hamburger is like the Swiss army knife of food, it is so multi-purpose, and versatile. The dishes that one can create are unbelievable. Reheating hamburgers can be done in several ways and still be tasty and enjoyable. In some ways, feasting on reheated leftovers has become a staple of sorts in this crazy fast-paced world. That does not mean, however, that you feast on leftovers all the time. It is not exactly the most nutritious choice.
One important factor to remember is the importance of cooking your hamburger properly when you initially prepare it, as well as the method you used to store it. Always choose a sealed container over Ziploc baggies. This way you can ensure that no air gets in and cause your meat to spoil while in storage.
When reheating your beef always make sure that you achieve an internal temperature of 74°C or 165°F, this way you know you are eating safe food. Try those ideas for keeping it moist while you reheat it. You could also use tinfoil in the oven with a little water or sauce while reheating it too. So, now you know how to re-heat hamburger very well!!