Delectable Ways to Delight in Your Leftover Burger
Those who don’t associate the word “leftover” with “delicious” probably aren’t reheating their meals the way they should. Burgers are a go-to lunch and dinner option for their rich, flavorful patties and toasted bun. Leave them to sit for more than a day, and they’re likely to lose their juice. However, heat it the right way, and you could be enjoying your burger even better than the first time around.
The Oven Method
The best way to reheat your burger without losing its kick is in an oven. To enjoy your meal like it’s fresh off the grill:
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- Place the patty onto the rack and over a baking pan. Doing so prevents excess fat from dripping directly onto the oven.
- Heat the patty for 3 minutes and lay the bun on the rack as you flip the meat over.
- Heat the bun for 2 minutes until it appears a delicious golden brown.
The Toaster Oven Method
If you don’t have the luxury of a full oven, a toaster oven will do just fine. Despite its compact size, it can provide similarly scrumptious results.
- Preheat your oven to 350 or 400F, depending on the state of your patty. If it isn’t frozen, it’ll heat up quickly.
- Place the patty on the metal rack, placing a baking sheet underneath to catch fat.
- Heat the patty for 3 minutes on each side.
- Heat the buns in the toaster for 2 minutes.
The Microwave Method
We’ll be the first to admit we don’t love recommending using a microwave to reheat much of anything. However, as a last resort, there is a way to keep buns from becoming soggy and patties from turning to rubber.
- Place a microwave-safe glass with water inside the microwave to provide moisture while heating.
- Place the leftover burger on a microwave-safe plate.
- Warm the burger on your microwave’s reheat setting. Depending on the microwave type you own, the setting will typically last between 2 to 4 minutes. If your burger is frozen, it may need 7 to 8 minutes on medium heat.
- Turn the burger over at the halfway point to ensure an even cook.
The Stove Method
Using a skillet, you’re essentially mimicking the oven method, save for a little extra water for steam.
- Disassemble your burger, turning your burner on to medium-high heat.
- Add three tablespoons of water to the pan and a dash of Worcestershire sauce for flavor.
- Set the lid on top of the pan and steam for 5 minutes.
- Remove the patty and set it on a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Heat the buns in the pan for 2 minutes and add butter as preferred.
- Go wild, rearranging your burger!
The Grill Method
If you can grill your burger, you can rebuild it too.
- Set your grill to medium heat, arranging the patties above the racks.
- Heat each patty for 2 to 3 minutes, flipping them over for an even cook.
- Remove the patties, set the buns on the grill for 30 seconds, or however long it takes to brown.
- Add toppings and condiments.
Reheating a burger isn’t so much culinary talent, but it’ll ensure that you make the most of your favorite dish. With your appliance in handy, there’s no reason a perfectly good meal should go to waste!
At George’s Gyro Spot, our gyros menu is chock-full of sizzling plates you’ll want to reheat. (Or hopefully consume all in one go!)