How to over-cook grass-fed beef hamburgers?
The label on U.S. Wellness Meats says, "be careful not to overcook grass-fed beef". Well, so far I haven't managed to overcook it - at least the [I]inside[/I], which, is consistently pink, if not raw :(
I first tried cooking them like regular hamburger meat, which didn't work. I've tried various temperatures and times, but nothing has resulted in a burger that is cooked [I]throughout[/I], and not burnt on the outside.
So I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions. Here is what I am using:
An [B]Electric[/B] stove (Yes, although every cooking book I've seen, thinks you should be cooking with gas - my apartment has an electric stove, so that's what I use.)[/LIST]
[URL="http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=525"]U.S. Wellness Meats pre-formed, grass-fed, 75% lean burgers[/URL]. This is 25% fat, which is higher than the standard burgers I used to cook. I'm sure the fat content affects cooking - I'm just not sure how. :)[/LIST]
12" Calphalon non-stick skillet (although I'm wondering if I should replace it, that's a separate issue).[/LIST]
Infrared thermometer - very nice tool, I can't imagine not having one after using it.[/LIST]
An [B]Electric[/B] stove (Yes, I said it twice - I don't care how you cook burgers on a gas stove :)[/LIST]
I'd appreciate detailed, step-by-step instructions, if anyone has them. Even the so-called [I]basic[/I] cookbooks seems to give just one-liners.
For instance, one situation I don't know what to do about - after about a minute, the burger starts to bow up, so the underside isn't touching the skillet. It's obviously not getting cooked, so now what? I've seen posts saying you shouldn't press down grass-burgers. Most of the time, I'll flip it after a minute, so it's flatter. Is that a good method? I have no idea. :)
Seriously - for growing plants, the opposite of green thumb is brown thumb - I don't know what the opposite of chef is, but I'm definitely that. Maybe anti-chef? :) I read the books, but when it comes down to cooking (on my [B]electric[/B] stove), it never goes like the books say.
I've actually gone through more than one order of grass-fed burgers, and I'm getting tired of not cooking it right, so I'm finally biting the bullet, and asking. Thanks for any advice.