We all have that friend. You know, the one that sends back his/her burger if it is medium instead of medium-rare?
Now, you've just received your 2-pack of the Mac Attack from BurgaBox and you're having "that" friend over to share it.
While you usually just cook a burger until it looks edible, your foodie friend cannot stand to eat a burger that is not medium-rare.
And suddenly, the panic becomes real. You have one chance to perform because there are no send backs (maybe you should have splurged for the 4-pack) or an innocent waiter to take the blame. Basically your friendship is on the line. Yes, burgers can be this serious.
First, let's break it down to the basics. Medium, well done, etc? What does this all mean?
Rare: A cool red center, with a lot of juice. If you're new to cooking, you probably should not serve essentially raw meat to your guests. This will ensure that no one will be poisoned and you will still have friends at the end of the meal.
Medium Rare: A warm red center that still has a lot of juice.
Medium: The most popular way to eat a burger. The center is pink but still contains great moisture. Again, the safest way to keep all of your friends.
Medium Well: A slight hint of pink with a little juice left in the patty.
Well Done: The patty is officially brown all the way through and there is probably no juice left. It might become dry and tough (aka kind of gross)...we don't recommend cooking your burgers this way.
Now that you're educated, it's time to execute.
There are two ways to go about this. First, the touch test. For each level, compare the firmness of your palm to the burger.
For the medium rare crew, keep the burger patty on until it is as firm as your palm when your thumb and index finger make contact. Perform the same technique for the following...
Medium: Thumb to middle finger
Medium Well: Thumb to ring finger
Well Done: Pinky to thumb.
If you have some germaphobes in the house, stick a thermometer right through the side.
The temperatures should read as follows,
Medium Rare: 130-135 degrees
Medium: 135-140 degrees
Medium Well: 140-150 degrees
Well Done: 155+ degrees
This cheat sheet combined with our easy-to-follow BurgaBox instructions will allow you create a burger feast SO amazing, "that" friend will be coming back every week for some more. But maybe make him/her buy next time...