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How do you keep steaks and hamburger moist on bbq

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Last updated: May 18, 2014 3:29 am
Posted: May 17, 2014 4:38 pm
 
Answered by: sassyoldlady
May 17, 2014 4:51 pm
Don't overcook. You can marinate steaks if they are a less tender cut. Burgers should be handled as little as possible while making the patties, indent the middle with your thumb slightly, this keeps juices distributed throughout the patty. Never flatten with a spatula, you are pressing all the juices out. Rest for a few minutes with a tent of foil after taking off the grill.
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Party Chef
May 17, 2014 5:06 pm
^^^What sassy said^^^ and do not season until cooking time. Salt draws out the moisture of meat.
 
chairlifter
May 17, 2014 5:55 pm
Burgers: A gentle press in the middle keeps them from drying out on the edges while the center cooks. Squaring the edges is a good thought, as opposed tapered edges that gives you an overcooked 'ring' Pushing a 3/8" hole in the center, and cooking until that hole fills up is another thought (think a Bic pen) Chilling your burgers for an hour or two would be another good thought. A little bit of sour cream or chipped ice in your burgers will help a lot. Steaks are another thing. Callback later on those, I'd have to think a bit on the cut, the thickness, the temperature and so on to give any thought, I sort of do them by rote after many years of learning what works and what doesn't.
 
May 18, 2014 3:29 am
I agree about the don't overcook advice. Try a lower heat setting on your BBQ and/or raise the grates up higher. Too many people turn the heat up to high and then the food tends to char/burn instead of cook evenly. BBQ's tend to be MUCH hotter then your stove, so you need to take that into consideration when cooking.
 
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