Add Iced Water To Burger Patties To Keep Them Moist

Add Iced Water To Burger Patties To Keep Them Moist
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We thought we’d come across every burger-making tip out there, from how to pack the patties correctly to how to make steamed burgers. But here’s a smart-sounding one we’d never heard of until now: to keep patties extra juicy, add a little iced water to your meat.

Photo by rob_rob2001.

This tip comes from chef Charlie Palmer, who offers his take on the burger in a new book, Charlie Palmer’s American Fare. In the recipe’s footnotes, he adds:

I always add a bit of ice water to my burgers as it helps distribute the seasonings evenly as well as ensures that burgers stay moist and juicy.

As it turns out, adding iced water helps to restore some of the moisture that is lost during the cooking process.

Charlie Palmer’s American Fare: Everyday Recipes from My Kitchens to Yours [Amazon]