OK, hamburgers aren’t the healthiest food in the world, but you’re not going to stick with a generally healthy diet if it never lets you enjoy a few favorites. And, you might be choose low-fat beef sliders or turkey burgers.
If you’ve got leftover burgers that have been in the refrigerator, be careful that you don’t re-cook (and over-cook) them when you get ready to serve them again. Following a few simple tips will help you serve a tasty leftover burger for yourself or your family.
Prep the Hamburgers
Let the hamburger get to room temperature. Don’t leave out for more than two hours to avoid bacteria from making them unsafe. The grease and condiments congeal when you put them in the cold refrigerator. This will make your bun stick to the meat, tearing parts of it off and leaving the shreds on the meat if you try to remove the buns cold.
If you try to warm the burgers in the microwave, even for 30 seconds, you’ll cook them instead of reheat them, unless you use the reheat setting on your microwave. Even so, warming the buns this way can turn them hard and crunchy once they begin to cool.
Gently pry the top bun off the burger and place it, upside down, on a plate. Remove any pickles, onions, ketchup, mustard, relish or other condiments from the hamburger patty and toss them out, or put them on top of the bun if you want to re-use them.
Carefully peel the patty off the bottom bun. Use a paper towel to wipe any condiments, bread or excess grease off the patty.
Choose your Warming Method
Reheat your patties without cooking them using one of several methods. You can put them in the oven at 400 degrees for several minutes. Place them on a rack if you want to get rid of excess fat.
You can reheat hamburger patties in the microwave using your reheat setting, doing so for 30 seconds on each side, or longer, based on your microwave.
You can put them in a frying pan, using medium heat to warm them. Spray some cooking oil on the pan to prevent them from sticking and cover them.
Another option is to steam the patties, setting a smaller pan in a larger pan with some water, then covering the larger pan. Steaming is your best option for reheating the buns if you want them warm and moist. If you like the interior portion crunchy, fry or bake them to remove moisture.
If you want to add cheese to your patties, add them during the reheating process. Before you’re ready to serve, add fresh lettuce, onions and tomatoes for cool, crunchy, healthy additions.