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If you are trying to avoid using cooking oil because you’re on a low fat diet, but don’t want to lose the flavor that frying gives food, frying burgers in water ensures they stay moist. If you add seasoning to the water it will penetrate the meat, adding flavor. Poking a hole in the burgers during cooking also makes some of the fat in the meat run out into the water; all you have to do is drain well before serving. This method is also ideal if you’re cooking the burgers from frozen.

Fill a frying pan or skillet halfway with water.

Add seasonings like salt and pepper, or any herbs and spices you like. You can also add a stock cube if you wish.

Place the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil.

Put burgers in the pan and cook till one side is brown. Flip over and cook the other side.

Poke a hole in each burger with a knife, turn the heat down to medium and cook for six to 10 minutes, until the juices run clear.


Be careful when dropping the burgers into the boiling hot water so that it doesn’t splash and burn you. Lower them in gently and wear gloves if possible to protect your hands.