How to Make Your Hamburgers Stay Together

By Mary Ylisela

Homemade hamburgers taste delicious when cooked in the pan or on the grill. Although packaged ready-made hamburgers grill or fry easily while remaining intact, homemade hamburgers can crumble during the cooking process, making it difficult to eat them on a hamburger bun. By using the right ingredients, your hamburger mixture will hold together and your burgers will come out of the frying pan or off the grill whole and ready to place on the bun.

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Homemade hamburgers make a delicious meal.

Step 1

Choose 80/20 ground beef for making hamburgers. This mixture of 80 percent lean meat and 20 percent fat contains enough fat to help hold the hamburgers together. Ground beef leaner than this is more likely to fall apart as you cook it.

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Sticky egg white helps keep hamburgers together.

Step 2

Place the ground beef in a bowl and break it up into chunks with a wooden spoon. Add 1 egg and 1/4 cup bread crumbs for each pound of ground beef, as well as seasonings as desired. Stir the additional ingredients into the ground beef until just mixed.

Step 3

Form the hamburger patties with your hands. Make the patties 3/4-inch thick and larger than the hamburger buns to accommodate shrinking.

Step 4

Turn the hamburgers with a spatula large enough to hold the entire hamburger. Avoid pressing the burger down as it cooks; this will maintain juiciness and prevent it from falling apart.