…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? As you know by now, I’m an Instant Pot aficionado, but even I never realized you can make a great steamed burger in the Instant Pot. In some parts of the country, this may not seem the least bit strange. But for the rest of you, a steamed burger sounds just plain weird. If you’ve ever had a White Castle burger… it was steamed! If you’ve ever been to a burger joint where they put a lid on the grill to melt the cheese, you’re getting a steamed burger.
Instant Pot Hamburgers are so easy to prepare at home and compare well to those famous burger chains that make steamed burger patties. Instant Pot burgers are simple and fast and are a great option for those who don’t have backyard grills or don’t want to clean a messy stove top or oven broiler.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
For the Instant Pot
1-1/2 cups water (for a 6-qt. pot)
For the meat block
1-pound ground beef (80/20)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons liquid smoke (Wright’s brand)
For the burger builds—build to your taste
4 hamburger brioche buns
4 slices American cheese (I like the way it melts)
4 tomato slices
lettuce (shredded or whole leaves)
Other toppings (as desired)
Thousand island dressing
9. Carefully remove the patties from the pot using tongs. Then let them rest for 5 minutes before
you unwrap them.
10. Unwrap them on a plate to catch the drippings, add the cheese atop the burger so it melts while
you’re preparing your bun with condiments. Then build your burger with all your favorite toppings!
ChefSecret: Here are some handy secrets for making hamburgers in the Instant Pot. You can figure, the thicker the patty, the longer the cook time. If you like very round patties, they will need to cook a couple minutes longer than thinner, flatter patties—if you like a very thin patty, you should reduce the cook time a little. Making a thumb sized indent in the center of one side of the burger patty helps reduce puffing up as well as shrinkage. Planning a party? This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
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