The Foreman grill is a very useful cooking tool, especially if you often cook your own burgers but can't do it outdoors. The Foreman Grill can be used to cook beef, turkey, or even frozen burgers in minutes as long as you preheat it and use the right thickness of meat. Keep the kitchen tidy by using the grill's oil reservoir while cooking, and make sure you test the burger's internal temperature before eating it.
Classic Beef Burger
- 450 grams of minced beef with 80% meat and 20% fat
- 15 grams of fresh chopped parsley
- 5 ml soy sauce
- 5 ml liquid smoke
- 5 grams of salt
- 3 grams of black pepper
- For 4 servings of burgers
- 450 grams minced turkey
- 15 grams of parsley powder
- 60 grams of breadcrumbs
- 15 ml soy sauce
- 2 grams of salt
- For 4 servings of burgers
Method 1 of 3: Making a Classic Beef Burger
Step 1. Plug in the grill and heat for 5 minutes
Most Foreman grill models only need to be plugged into a power source to turn on. If your grill has a temperature control dial, turn it on to a high temperature. Keep the lid on to ensure that the oil in the reservoir stays on the bottom plate of the grill.
Read the product manual before using the Foreman grill for the first time
Step 2. Combine the minced meat and spices in a large bowl
Enter 450 grams of minced meat, 15 grams of fresh chopped parsley, 5 ml of liquid smoke, 5 ml of English soy sauce, 5 grams of salt, and 3 grams of pepper. Stir all ingredients gently with a fork until evenly distributed.
You can also use your fingers to mix all the ingredients, if you prefer. Just make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water when you're done handling raw meat
Step 3. Separate the mixture into 4 equal-sized balls with your hands
Take a quarter of the dough and roll it gently in the palm of your hand until it forms a ball. Place the ball on a plate and repeat this process 3 more times.
Do not reuse this plate to store cooked burgers. Dishes should be washed before coming into contact with raw meat
Step 4. Flatten each ball into a 1.5 to 2 cm thick meat slab
Gently knead each ball of dough in the palm of your hand until it turns into a slab of meat 10 to 13 cm in diameter. Make sure each slab of meat is between 1.5 and 2 cm thick.
Place each of the reshaped meat plates onto a plate
Step 5. Place 2 to 4 meat plates about 1 cm apart from each other on the grill
Lift the lid of the heated grill and place the meat on the hot grill plate. If you can't put 4 meats in the grill at one time, cook the meat twice.
Step 6. Put on the grill cover and cook the burgers for 3.5 to 5 minutes
The grill cover has a handle designed to press down on the top of the cooked meat. After 3.5 minutes, remove the cover and see if it is done to your liking. If not, put the cover back on for 30 seconds and repeat the process.
- Do not press on the grill cover when you install it. This can make the burger flatter.
- No need to flip burgers. The Foreman grill will cook the top and bottom of the burger at the same time.
Step 7. Take out the burger and check its internal temperature
Use the spatula built into the Foreman grill to transfer each piece of meat onto a clean plate (not the plate that was used to hold the raw meat) lined with kitchen paper. Insert a food thermometer into each plate of meat. If necessary, place the meat back on the grill until the internal temperature reaches 70°C.
- If you choose to cook the burger medium rare and use fresh, high-quality beef from a trusted source, make sure the temperature is at 60 °C. Just in case, though, it's a good idea to cook the raw minced beef until it's at 70 °C or medium done.
- Make sure you unplug the grill's power cord when you're done cooking.
Step 8. Serve or freeze cooked burgers immediately
Transfer the cooked burgers to the buns immediately, then coat them with your favorite sauce. If you don't want to eat the burger right away, put the burger in a container and place it in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, heat the burgers in the grill until the internal temperature reaches 70°C.
Don't let the burger's internal temperature drop below 60°C before freezing it. If you store burgers in the refrigerator at less than 4°C, you can store them for up to 3 days
Method 2 of 3: Cooking Turkey Burger
Step 1. Plug in the toaster to start the heating process for 5 minutes
Most Foreman grills are not equipped with heat settings so they can only be operated by plugging the power cord into a power source. If your grill has a heat setting, turn the dial to high.
- Heat the grill with the lid on.
- Start making the burger dough while the grill is heating up.
Step 2. Combine the minced turkey and seasonings in a large bowl
Place 450 grams of minced turkey, 15 grams of ground parsley, 60 grams of breadcrumbs, 15 ml of English soy sauce, and 2 grams of salt in a bowl. Stir gently with your fingers until all the ingredients are well combined.
Wear disposable cooking gloves if you don't want to touch raw meat directly
Step 3. Make 4 slabs of meat of the same thickness and size using the palm of your hand
Take a quarter of the meat mixture and roll it in your hands until it forms a ball. After that, gently squeeze the ball to form a meat plate 1 to 1.5 cm thick and 10 to 13 cm in diameter. Place the finished slab of meat on a clean plate.
- Repeat this process to make 3 more slabs of meat.
- Make sure that the turkey slab is thinner than the beef because the inside should be thoroughly cooked.
Step 4. Lift the grill cover and flatten the meat plate over the grill
The tool is ready to use after heating for 5 minutes. Leave about 0.5 cm between each plate of meat on the grill. Depending on the grill model you are using, you may only be able to cook 2 plates of meat at a time.
- Cook burgers in 2 batches if you can't get 4 plates of meat on the grill at once.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after touching raw meat.
Step 5. Put the lid on and cook the burgers for 5 minutes
After 5 minutes, remove the grill cover and look at the top of the burger. If it's not browned or not to your liking, put the lid back on for another 30 seconds and check again. Repeat this process as necessary.
- The turkey burger takes about 8 minutes to cook until done.
- There's no need to flip the burger meat – the grill will cook both sides of the meat at the same time.
Step 6. Check the internal temperature of the meat to check for doneness
Use the spatula that came in the grill's sales package to transfer the slabs of meat onto a clean plate lined with paper towels. If the internal temperature is below 74 °C, place the plate back on the grill and double-check after 30 to 60 seconds.
- Minced turkey meat should be cooked thoroughly. The risk of poisoning due to consumption of raw meat is too high if the meat has not reached a temperature of 75 °C after cooking.
- Do not reuse the plate that was used to put raw meat without washing it first.
- Don't forget to unplug the grill's power cord when you're done cooking.
Step 7. Serve the turkey burger while it's still hot or keep it in the fridge
If you're not serving all of the burgers at once, transfer them to a sealed container and refrigerate. Burgers can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. If you want to eat it, grill the burger again until the internal temperature reaches 74 °C.
The “danger zone” that can cause poisoning due to the consumption of undercooked meat is in the temperature range of 4 °C to 60 °C. Don't let the cooked burger go below 60°C unless you're refrigerating it, and keep it below 4°C until it's ready to be reheated to eat
Method 3 of 3: Cooking Frozen Burgers
Step 1. Choose frozen burger meat with a thickness of no more than 1.5 cm
The thicker outside of the frozen burger will cook too quickly before the inside is fully cooked. While the Foreman grill is suitable for cooking fresh burgers that are 1.5 to 2 cm thick, choose a thinner meat when you are cooking frozen burgers.
If your frozen burger is thicker than 1.5 cm, defrost it before cooking. You can put 450 grams of frozen burger meat in a tightly sealed container for 5 hours, or put it in a tight container filled with cold water for 30 to 60 minutes. Cook this burger meat like fresh meat
Step 2. Preheat the grill for 5 minutes
Plug the power cord into the grill with the lid on. If the appliance has a temperature control, set it to high temperature. Make sure the oil reservoir is positioned at the bottom of the bottom grill plate.
Read the instructions for using the toaster before using it for the first time
Step 3. Place 2 to 4 slabs of frozen meat in the lower grill
The number of burgers that can be cooked at one time will depend on the diameter of the meat and the model of your Foreman grill. Make sure the meat doesn't stick out of the grill and leave about 0.5 cm between one plate of meat and the other.
The preheated grill plate is very hot so you have to work carefully. Consider placing the burgers on the grill with heat-resistant non-stick tongs
Step 4. Put the lid on and cook the burgers for 4.5 to 6.5 minutes
Lower the cover so that the top plate touches the top of the meat plate. Keep the lid on for 4.5 minutes before checking the burgers for doneness. Check the meat every 30 seconds until it looks cooked from the outside. This takes about 6, 5 minutes.
- Frozen burgers usually need to cook about 90 seconds longer than fresh meat, or about 3 to 5 minutes.
- No need to flip burgers! The grill plate will cook both sides at the same time.
Step 5. Remove the burger and test the internal temperature to check for doneness
Lift the grill cover and use a spatula to transfer the burgers onto a paper towel. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the meat plate. If the temperature is still below 70°C, place the meat back in the grill until it reaches that temperature.
- This temperature indicates that the meat has a medium level of doneness. Even if you normally cook fresh burgers slightly raw, cook frozen burgers to that temperature for safety reasons.
- Unplug the power cord from the grill when you are done cooking.
Step 6. Eat the burger before its internal temperature drops below 60 °C
Because the meat has been frozen, cook the meat that you want to eat immediately. Serve the meat on a sheet of bread and your favorite sauce for up to 5 minutes after cooking it. Freeze the meat in the refrigerator or throw it away when the internal temperature drops below 60°C.