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Sous Vide Burgers – Perfect Burgers Every Time!

Don’t judge it till you’ve tried it! I know… it sounds really strange – Sous Vide Burgers! I know what you’re thinking (’cause it’s what I used to think) – why the heck would I stick burgers into a plastic bag and put them in a warm water bath for 30 minutes? Keep reading for the answer… (hint: perfect burgers every time.)

So what exactly is this whole sous vide thing anyway? In short, it’s a method of slowly and precisely cooking all types of food so it reaches the exact optimum temperature and comes out perfectly every single time. It is done by submerging the food in a warm water bath in an airtight bag until the food reaches “food nirvana.” You’ll need a sous vide circulator to accomplish this perfection. (Here’s the one I have – and I love it!)

This little magic tool circulates the water and keeps it at an amazingly consistent temperature for even and perfect results. And it’s amazing! Probably most well-known for cooking expensive meats to perfection (just think of filet mignon, medium rare edge to edge, then seared for the perfect crust), but sous vide can also be used for any number of other types of food. Pork, chicken, vegetables, and even flavor infused liquor!

To say I was skeptical to try crafting the perfect hamburger via sous vide is quite an understatement! (What I really thought was that’s about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard…. boil my beautiful burgers? No way!) Well, guys, it’s a good thing one of my strengths is the ability to admit when I’m wrong. Cause boy was I wrong! I have finally reached hamburger perfection! (See where I take it up a notch with this Sous Vide Burger – Bacon Blue Cheese! Delish!)

How to make perfect Sous Vide Burgers

Form your burger patties, place them in an airtight plastic bag, sumberge in a warm water bath for 30 minutes (133 degrees for medium-rare) using a sous vide circulator, remove and sear on both sides for 1-2 minutes per side, then pile on toppings of choice!

Step by Step Sous Vide Burgers

  • Form burger patties from ground beef mixed with a little Worcestershire Sauce and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Place in zip top bag in a single layer and remove any air using the displacement method by leaving a corner of the top unzipped, then submerging the bag containing the burgers almost completely, but leaving the corner unzipped so the air can escape the bag. Then when all of the air is out, quickly zip the bag. Remove the airtight bag of burgers and set aside while the water heats up.
  • Place sous vide tool into full pot of water and set temperature to 133 degrees for medium rare (140 for medium). When water reaches temperature, place bag of burgers into water, ensuring the burgers are completely submerged. Cook for 30 minutes (for 1 to 1 1/2 inch burgers).
  • While burgers are cooking, prepare a platter with all of your favorite toppings. I like the classics – lettuce, tomato, onion, and of course toasted buns! Or go crazy and add crisp bacon, tender avocado, and maybe some grilled onion…. mmm!
  • When cooking time is complete, carefully remove bag from pot of water and remove cooked burgers to a plate. Lightly pat dry and add more salt and pepper. Yes, the will look a little odd at this point. They’re missing that wonderful, flavorful crust on the outside. But we’ll get to that next!
  • Time to get that nice, deep, rich crust on the outside. If it’s great grilling weather, by all means toss those suckers on a hot grill for about one minute per side. Don’t forget that these burgers are already cooked to perfection, so don’t overdo it!
  • No grill handy? No problem. Just heat up a skillet, toss in some butter, and sear the burgers one to two minutes per side.
  • Place your amazing sous vide burgers on a freshly toasted bun and load up toppings of choice.

And that’s all there is to it! Sous Vide Burgers are perfect Every. Single. Time. You never have to worry about over cooking (or underdcooking) your burgers. I am a true believer now. Once is all it took.

Looking for something to serve with these amazing burgers? Try these roasted potatoes!

Looking for another cool Sous Vide Recipe? How about this Infused Vodka – Habanero style!

Now it’s your turn. Break out that Sous Vide tool and eleveate yourself to burger heaven. It’s worth buying one of these for the Sous Vide Burgers alone! Not kidding.

Sous Vide Burgers - Perfect Burgers Every Time
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Sous Vide Burgers - Perfect Burgers Every Time
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: burgers
Instructions
  1. Mix ground beef and Worchestershire sauce. Divide into 4 equal parts and form 4 hamburger patties approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Patty should be just larger than bun.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of the burgers with half of the salt and pepper and seasoned salt, if using. Reserve the other half for after the cooking process.
  3. Place burgers into zip top bag in a single layer and remove all of the air using the displacement method (see above).
  4. Place sous vide tool into a full pot of water that is large enough to hold the burgers. Heat water to 133 degrees for medium-rare (140 for medium). Add bag of burgers when temperature has been reached. Make sure to fully submerge the burgers. Set timer to 30 minutes.
  5. Prepare toppings platter while burgers are cooking.
  6. When cooking time is complete, carefully remove bag of burgers. Take burgers out of bag and pat try. Sprinkle both sides of burgers with remaining salt and pepper and seasoned salt if using.
  7. Heat grill or skillet on high heat. If using a skillet, add a pat of butter and melt. Place burgers on grill or skillet and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove burgers, place on toasted buns, and add toppings of choice.
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