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Burger formation question.

Hello all. So I am doing burgers for some friends tomorrow. I want to wow them yet perfect burgers continue to escape me on the egg. I have 2 pounds of 80/20 ground meat. I like my burgers larger as far as circumference is concerned but thinner as far as thickness is concerned. Every time I get them formed and cook them they shrink up and don't even fill the bun. Does anyone use a binder like an egg or bread crumbs to keep the patty together with a thinner approach? Any and all guidance welcome.


  • Black_BadgerBlack_Badger Posts: 1,182
    I don't use a binder, but I do find putting a nice big simple in the middle seems to help them stay in shape a little better and not ball up. Good luck, hope it works out great. I think burgers are one thing where the egg really excels.

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  • fljoemonfljoemon Posts: 755
    I have The Perfect Burger Press ( For your criterion of larger circumference this will definitely help, plus it automatically puts a dimple in the middle of the burger using the dimple insert. This helps the burger not puffing up like a meatball.
    LBGE & Mini
    Orlando, FL
  • rholtrholt Posts: 384
    Thanks for the responses guys. I have been dimpling but not well enough I guess. I will look into that burger press for sure.
  • I too use burger press (  I have had GREAT results with it.  I like it because you can fine tune the size (thickness not diameter) of the patty.  Never had a need for dimpling with this press.  It's a little on the expensive side, but its very sturdy.  I now actually enjoy making patties!
  • Use smaller buns!  ;)

    How many patties are you making out of 2 lbs. of meat? I usually use no less than 1/3 pound per patty; never use any type of binder.
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  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 2,776
    For 2 pounds of beef I would add 2 eggs, worcestershire sauce, chopped bacon, bbq sauce and bread crumbs.

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  • wallyjarwallyjar Posts: 123
    I grind and blend fresh meet and I am always amazed how little shrinkage there s when I make my own.

    I have mixed sirloin, chuck and boneless country ribs.
    Also, brisket, chuck and ribs.

    No binders needed, very moist and does not shrink.

    Actually a lot of fun too.

  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,466
    If you have HEB (Texas grocery store chain) get their premade Cowboy burgers. The last two times I have done that my wife has spontaneously commented "That is the best burger I have ever had in my life." I had to agree. They are over 1/2 pound each and shrink very little.

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  • rholtrholt Posts: 384
    Thanks guys. Te burgers turned out alright. Not amazing by any means. Just added a little worster with some Montreal steak. Still need to hammer out the details.
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