It’s the middle of summer and we’re in prime BBQ season – except we don’t have a BBQ!
Thankfully it’s not too hot inside and we can still make a great burger (veggie or meat) using the oven. I’ve never been a fan of frying them on the stovetop; cooking burgers in the oven can be a close second-place (they miss the flavor made by flame) to their BBQ’d counterparts.
When many people cook burgers inside they fry them or cook them inside a pan. As fat and other liquids escape they fill the pan and braise the meat. When I have a hamburger I love to have a slightly charred exterior, dry surface and juicy middle.
This trick will achieve that for you:
To cook burgers in your oven, preheat it on broil. Place the patties on a wire wrack and rest the rack over an oven-safe pan that can catch the drippings from the burger (and there will be some). I use a cast-iron frying pan. Place it on the highest rack (as long is it still fits) and broil until slightly charred, flip and repeat.
These burgers were cooked so close to the broiler that I think they may have actually touched it (they were so close I had to lower the rack to fit the cheese on it at the end)!
How do you cook burgers when you don’t have a BBQ handy?