Stick Lettuce On The Bottom Of Your Burger To Protect The Bun From The Juices

We've always been advocates of keeping your burgers juicy, but sometimes that can make for quite a messy and hard-to-eat lunch. Here's one trick to keeping your burger's bun intact and easy to eat.

Letting your burgers sit for a few minutes before slapping it on a bun and scarfing it down will definitely help keep things together, but you don't always have that choice. Food expert Erin Jackson of Serious Eats shares a quick tip for dealing with overly juicy burgers:

The Angus beef was properly cooked to medium rare (that toothpick holding it in place didn't lie!) and was well seasoned. Unfortunately, the torrent of juice that scored major points in the taste category k-o'ed the commercial-grade potato bun. The top bun (which was insulated from the patty with a layer of roughage) remained soft and squishy, but the bottom was almost completely dissolved by the time I finished eating. A good idea when you're building your burger is to put a layer of lettuce on top and on the bottom of the patty to extend the lifespan of the bun (whaddya know-that iceberg lettuce has a purpose after all!)

Finally, we have a reason to want that crunchy water on our burgers. Got any of your own tips for dealing with the occasional burger shortcoming when eating at a restaurant? Share it with us in the comments.

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    I was always under the impression that mince should be cooked well done, not medium rare or anything else.

    Bacteria on the steak is most likely to be on the surface which is fine as you cook that part. In mince it is all the way through so there may be harmful bacteria in the middle which did not die as the temperature did not get high enough.

      Get over this whole bacteria crap - food should be cooked for flavour, not to kill bacteria. Try keeping steak in the fridge, not in the toilet.

      You may be surprised to know you can also eat mince raw.

        Steak tartare... mmmmmmm

        I don't doubt that you can eat it raw. Is it healthy to eat it raw? I don't think so.

        I certainly won't be making a habit out of it. I put this in the same basket as eating raw/undercooked chicken. Yeah, you can eat it, but I don't think it is healthy.

      from what i've read, bacteria doesn't typically penetrate the surface of meat, which is why you can eat blue steak without any problem.

      mincing it introduces any surface bacteria into the entire mass.

      if you mince it (or just chop it) yourself, you can ensure the surface is clean before you start, and that it's freshly minced.

      if you don't mince it yourself, you don't know how long or what bacteria has been growing in the middle.

    I've always been in favor of some sort of barrier to protect the bun from excessive juiciness.Lettuce or cheese works well. But failing that margarine also works.

    I've always used cheese myself.

    A slice of cheese works best. If not a thick layer of butter helps. Lettuce has too much water content.

    Also sandwiches made for later consumption, like tommorrow, with moist fillings should always have a slice of cheese on the bottom and be wrapped and stored with cheese at the bottom.

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