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Cooking burgers in the oven can offer a convenient and healthy way to satisfy your craving when you can't grill but you want a burger with less fat than one that has been pan-fried. The right shape, distance from the oven element and temperature insure your burger comes out juicy, tasty and tender.

Shaping the Burger

Because the fat in ground beef drains off as it cooks, the outer edges shrink more than the center. To get a flat burger that fills the bun, pat beef into a patty slightly larger than the bun, then make a slight indentation in the middle.

Broiling the Burger

Pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Place patties on a wire rack that has been placed on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Position the sheet at least 3 to 4 inches from the heating element in the oven and cook the burgers for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the meat reaches a safe internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Because the oven provides heat on all sides, you do not need to flip the burgers. If desired, add cheese during the last minute of cooking.

About the Author

Viola Horne

When not working in her family-owned food and bar business, Viola Horne can almost always be found with a cookbook in one hand and a whisk in the other. Horne never tires of entertaining family and friends with both comfort food and unusual delicacies such as garlic cheese smashed potatoes and banana bacon pancakes.