Reverse Sear Burgers

Reverse searing is a foolproof cooking method that produces delicious, juicy, tender burgers in the oven every time. Reverse Sear Burgers is an easy way to get perfectly cooked protein for your favorite side dishes!

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🤔Can you reverse sear burgers?

Yes, the reverse sear method is a simple cooking technique that involves searing meat after it has been cooked slowly at a lower temperature. This method produces tender, juicy beef that is not dry or overcooked.

Reverse searing also allows for better caramelization of the exterior of the meat, resulting in a delicious crust when cooked in the oven.

🍔Ingredients and Tools

  • Ground Beef– Use ground beef that is 80% fat for the best flavor and texture.
  • Seasonings – You can use just about anything to season your meat. We love using a simple blend of kosher salt, garlic, and black pepper. Just mix in a small bowl with a spoon before dry rubbing onto the meat. 
  • Cooking Oil – An oil such as, avocado oil, coconut oil or another high smoke point oil is best for broiling the beef after its been reverse seared.
  • Oven Safe Cooking Rack – Use this on top of a rimmed baking sheet to ensure the heat gets circulated all around the surfaces of the meat.
  • Meat Thermometer – A quality kitchen thermometer with a long probe is key to reverse searing any meat. For a top-of-the-line thermometer, use the Meater. For an inexpensive option, try the ThermPro.

📖How To Reverse Sear Burgers In The Oven

1️⃣Form the burger patties: Take one pound of ground beef and form it into two half-pound patties (8 ounces each) that are 1.5-2 inches thick.

2️⃣Preheat the oven: Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. While the oven is preheating, let the burgers sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to take off the chill. 

3️⃣Season the burgers: Pat the meat dry with a paper towel. Season the burger patties with your favorite seasonings. 

4️⃣Place the burgers on a rack: Place the burgers on a wire rack over a baking sheet and place it in the oven. 

5️⃣Cook until the internal temperature reaches 120-130 degrees F: Cook the burgers for about 45 minutes or until the burgers reach the desired temperature. Burgers will be rare at 120F and medium at 130F. Cook for longer if you’d like them to be medium well or well done.

6️⃣Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes: Remove the beef from the oven and place foil over the top for 15 minutes.

7️⃣Sear the burgers: Add cooking oil to a large pan or cast iron skillet. Turn the heat to high and let it get hot. Sear the burgers on each side for 60-90 seconds on each side, or until nice and browned all over.

8️⃣Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes: Remove the beef from the heat and add foil back to the top. Let it rest for 5 minutes before enjoying it.

🔥Reverse Sear Burgers On The Grill or Smoker

You can use this method to make burger patties on a gas grill or a smoker such as the Traeger or Big Green Egg. Once the burger patties are formed and have rested outside of the fridge for 10-15 minutes, follow the instructions below.

1️⃣Preheat the grill or smoker: Turn the grill or smoker to 200F and let it preheat with the lid on.

2️⃣Place the burgers on the grill or smoker: Once preheated, place the burgers on the grill or smoker and cook for about 45 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 120-130F.

3️⃣Remove from the heat and let them rest: When they have reached the desired temperature, remove them from the grill or smoker and place foil over the top. Let them rest for 5 minutes while you prepare to sear them.

4️⃣Sear the burgers: Turn the grill or smoker to high heat, around 500F. Sear the burgers on each side for 60-90 seconds or until nice and browned all over.

👩🏼‍🍳Reverse Sear Cooking Tips

Always pat the meat dry: This will help the seasonings stick to the meat and prevent unwanted moisture. 

Take the chill off: Letting the meat rest before cooking is important because it lets the proteins relax, keeping the meat from getting tough when going from hot to cold. 

Use an oven-safe meat thermometer: This will allow you to accurately cook the meat to the correct temperature without opening the oven door and letting out heat. Use a temperature probe thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat. 

Rest the meat after searing: Resting the meat allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in juicier and more flavorful hamburgers. 

Sear at high temperature: Whether you are pan searing in a cast iron pan, grilling, or smoking, ensure that the temperature is very hot before searing. Low temperatures will cause the meat to stay in longer, further increasing the internal temperature and making it dry. 

🧂Hamburger Seasoning Ideas

Greek seasoning: A mix of garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, and thyme gives the beef a Mediterranean flavor. 

BBQ rub: A blend of paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin will give the beef a smoked flavor. 

Lemon herb: Perfect for summer, this blend of lemon zest, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and basil is refreshing and light.  

Jamaican Jerk: A mix of allspice, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and thyme gives the beef a spicy kick. 

Worchestershire: A classic steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper is all you need. 

FAQ

How long does it take to reverse Sear burgers?

It takes about 45 minutes to cook the beef patties to the desired temperature and then another 60-90 seconds to sear them.

What is the best temperature to reverse Sear burgers?

The ideal temperature for reverse-searing burgers is 120F for rare and 130F for medium.

Will smoking burgers dry them out?

If you follow the instructions and cook the beef patties to an internal temperature of 120-130F, they should not dry out. Also make sure the patties are thick to ensure they stay juicy.

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Reverse Sear Burgers

Reverse searing is a foolproof cooking method that produces delicious, juicy, tender burgers in the oven every time. Reverse Sear Burgers is an easy way to get perfectly cooked protein for your favorite side dishes!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 265kcal

Equipment

  • Oven Safe Cooking Rack
  • Meat Thermometer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef 80/20 fat content
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil (with high smoke point)

Instructions

How To Reverse Sear Burgers In The Oven

  • Take one pound of ground beef and form it into two half-pound patties (8 ounces each) that are 1.5-2 inches thick.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. While the oven is preheating, let the burgers sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to take off the chill.
  • Pat the meat dry with a paper towel. Season the burger patties with your favorite seasonings.
  • Place the burgers on a wire rack over a baking sheet and place it in the oven.
  • Cook the burgers for about 30-45 minutes or until the burgers reach the desired temperature. Burgers will be rare at 120F and medium at 130F. Cook for longer if you'd like them to be medium well or well done.
  • Remove the beef from the oven and place foil over the top for 15 minutes.
  • Add cooking oil to a large pan or cast iron skillet. Turn the heat to high and let it get hot. Sear the burgers on each side for 60-90 seconds on each side, or until nice and browned all over.
  • Remove the beef from the heat and add foil back to the top. Let it rest for 5 minutes before enjoying it.

Reverse Sear Burgers On The Grill or Smoker

  • Turn the grill or smoker to 200F and let it preheat with the lid on.
  • Once preheated, place the burgers on the grill or smoker and cook for about 45 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 120-130F.
  • When they have reached the desired temperature, remove them from the grill or smoker and place foil over the top. Let them rest for 5 minutes while you prepare to sear them.
  • Turn the grill or smoker to high heat, around 500F. Sear the burgers on each side for 60-90 seconds or until nice and browned all over.

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1247mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg

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