How do I keep my burgers from falling apart?

Dear Cooks,

My family loves my homemade hamburgers!  Although I have a problem with them; when I cook them on the grill, they fall apart.   I use both egg and breadcrumbs in them, I have tried it with one and not the other  I even have used ground beef that has a higher fat content…I just don’t know what to do or what I am doing wrong.  Any suggestions???

Thanks & love your show!


Plano, TX

Dear Kathy,

Great question!  It’s not about the fat content, honestly.  Just make sure you don’t have too many liquidy things in there, like too much Worchestershire sauce or onions, but whats also important is to make sure they are cold when you put them on the grill, AND do not keep flipping them.  That will make the burger fall apart for sure.  Leave them alone for a few minutes and only flip once, if possible.

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