Are that person who can never finish their meal in one go? Most meals, such as rice or plates of pasta, can be reheated on the stove or oven, and they taste exactly how they did when they were freshly cooked. However, it gets a little tricky when it comes to leftover burgers.
Most burger buns get soggy or mushy when reheated, making them taste awful. So, do you want to know how to reheat a burger to preserve its taste and freshness? Keep on reading to find out.
Heating burgers the right way is straightforward. There are several ways to reheat a burger to make sure it stays juicy and tender. Before moving on to the methods you can use to reheat a burger, let’s discuss how to store it correctly since how you store a burger also plays a huge role in how the burger comes out after reheating.
To ensure that the taste and texture of your burger stay the same after it freezes. Transfer your leftover burger into a lidded container before putting it into the fridge. Also, do not put hot food in the refrigerator since it may increase the fridge’s temperature, which may be a risk for other food items.
Now that we have this out of the way, here are a few methods of how to reheat a burger:
What You’ll Need
- Microwaveable plate
- Toaster oven
The most effective and easiest method to reheat a burger is to use an oven. This method of reheating a burger effectively preserves the juicy taste that burgers have when they are fresh out of the grill. Here is what you need to do to reheat your burger in the oven:
- Heat oven to 400°F
- Separate the patty from the buns and put it on a baking pan before placing it on the metal rack. Doing so will help keep your oven clean since it will prevent any access fat from the patty from dripping everywhere.
- Let the patty heat for around 3three minutes
- After three minutes, flip your patty and place the buns on the rack
- Heat for around two more minutes
- Leftover buns may get a little dry when reheated, so you can add some additional topping and sauces to make them taste like it was freshly made.
If you don’t own an oven, you can also use a microwave to reheat a burger. However, it is not the best choice since microwaves tend to make the buns soggy and give the meat a rubbery texture. A great trick that you can use to preserve moisture in your patty is to put a glass of water in with the burger.
- Place your burger on a microwaveable plate
- Press the reheat button on the microwave or manually set the timer for anywhere around two to four minutes
- Don’t forget to turn the burger when it’s halfway heated to ensure both sides get heated evenly
- If your patty is still cold after you take it out of the microwave, you can always go ahead and repeat the steps till it gets warm enough to be eaten
A toaster oven can also be used to get the job done effectively.
- Heat oven anywhere from 350°Fto 400°F
- Place your patty on a metal rack lined with a baking sheet to catch any fat spillage from the patty
- Heat it for around three minutes
- Turn the patty around after three minutes and heat for two more minutes
- Add the buns to the toaster and heat until they turn golden brown
Another method of reheating a burger is to use the stove. The only difference between using a stove to reheat a burger and using an oven is that you have to use a small amount of water to steam if you are using a stove.
- Separate the patty from the buns
- To ensure the burger doesn’t dry out, add around three to four teaspoons of water to the pan
- Throw in a few drops of your favorite sauce to add a kick of flavor
- Cover the pan with a lid and let it steam for around five minutes
- Take the patty out o the pan and place it on a paper towel to get rid of any excess water
- Add butter to the pan (optional) and place the buns in it for around two minutes (don’t forget to turn the buns to the other side to ensure both sides get crispy
- Rearrange your burger and add a few toppings
If you own a grill, try reheating your leftover burger on a grill, and you will be shocked at how fresh it tastes. If you like juicy burgers, using a grill is your best option since it works best to preserve the juiciness.
- Set the heat to medium and place your patty on top
- Heat it for around two to three minutes, and keep on flipping the cake to the other side to ensure both sides get grilled
- Set the patties aside and add buns to the grill for around 30 seconds until they turn golden brown
- Rearrange the burger and add sauce and topping of your choice
Our Final Thoughts
Now that you know so many different methods of how to reheat a burger, next time you have a leftover burger, do not get worried and try out the ways mentioned above to bring your leftover burger back to life. Remember to follow the steps exactly how they have been discussed above to ensure you get the best results.
Remember, what may work best for someone else may not work best for you, so try a new method every time to see what works best for you.