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The best and easiest Sous Vide Hamburger recipe – perfectly tender and juicy EVERY TIME! The sous vide method helps to cook burgers to the perfect doneness by controlling the temperature precisely. It’s a guaranteed success and say good-bye to tough, dry, and crumbly burgers!
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The Best Sous Vide Hamburger {Perfect Burgers Every Time!}

The best and easiest Sous Vide Hamburger recipe – perfectly tender and juicy EVERY TIME! The sous vide method helps to cook burgers to the perfect doneness by controlling the temperature precisely. It’s a guaranteed success and say good-bye to tough, dry, and crumbly burgers! 
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Sous Vide Burger, Sous Vide Hamburger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 Hamburgers
Calories 693kcal
Author izzycooking

Equipment

Ingredients

For the patties:

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef (80/20 mix recommended)
  • kosher salt to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon to season before sous vide cooking, and another 1 teaspoon before searing)
  • ground black pepper to taste

Toppings:

  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese or American cheese
  • 1/4 cup mustard or other condiments like mayonnaise or relish
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 1 tomato sliced into thin pieces
  • 1 red onion sliced into rings

Other ingredients:

  • 4 hamburger buns

Instructions

  • Form patties: Divide the meat into 4 equal parts and shape them into 4 patties. Don’t overcompress the meat and gently form them into disks. Make them slightly wider than your buns as they will shrink a little bit during cooking.
  • Chill them for at least 20 minutes before sous vide cooking.
  • Sous vide cook patties: Fill a large container or pot with water. Attach the sous vide precision cooker and set the temperature to 135°F (57°C)*.
  • Sprinkle both sides of the chilled burgers with salt and pepper.
  • Place the seasoned patties to a large zip-lock bag and arrange in a single layer. Seal the bags using the “water displacement” technique: seal all but one corner of the bag, and slowly place it in the water bath. Make sure everything below the zip-line is covered by water. Then seal the rest of the bag. (Don’t use a vacuum sealer as it will overcompress the meat.)
  • Leave the bags in the warm water bath and cook for 40 minutes (or up to 2 hours). Make sure the meat is fully submerged while the seams of the bag are above water. You can add heavy kitchen items to weigh the bag down if necessary.
  • While the patties are cooking, prepare the condiments, toppings, and toast buns.
  • When the timer goes off, carefully remove the patties from the bag. Let them rest for about 10 minutes at room temperature and pat dry with paper towels. Then season with more salt and pepper.
  • Sear the patties: Heat the grill on high heat. When it gets smoking hot, add the patties and cook for about 1 minutes until well browned. Flip the patties and add cheese to the top surface. Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute until the cheese is half-melted. (You can also use a skillet, but make sure to add a tablespoon of oil before searing).
  • Assemble the hamburger with the cooked patties, toppings and condiments as desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • *My favorite temp to cook sous vide hamburger is 135°F / 57°C, but if you’d like to try other doneness, you can find the guidelines above in the post.

Nutrition

Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 577IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 325mg | Iron: 5mg