Serious Eats: Talk
Fast Fixes after Screwing Up
Do you have any tips for how to fast-fix burger mistakes? Mistakes aren't a huge deal when cooking for yourself, but when cooking for guests, it's bad...real bad.
Problem #1: Forgot the Cheese!
Sometimes I will forget to put the cheese on the burger while cooking it. And suddenly I need melted cheese.
Yes, you can put a pan over the burger to speed melting, but sometimes it's not fast enough.
Microwaving a cheese slice may be a solution, but I haven't found a way of easily un-sticking the slice from what it melted on in the microwave, and transferring it to the burger.
The best trick I know is to throw it in the stove and broil the burger till the cheese melts.
Any other ideas?
Anyway, in case of disasters, I've found it's a good idea to have an extra "insurance" burger patty pre-molded, seasoned, and ready to throw on the pan or grill.
Problem #2 - Cold Mayo
I like to serve a FULLY warm burger. Meaning no cold mayo. But for health reasons, I heard it is dangerous to heat up mayo. True?
Problem #3 - Fire Alarm Goes Off and Cramps My Style
I'm thinking about just getting rid of the damn thing.