Medium Rare vs. Well Done: Which Burger Is Better?

If you enjoy cooking on the grill and want to become a master of meat cooking, you need to know how different types of meats are best cooked to provide the most flavorful, savory results. There’s a common debate among burger enthusiasts especially about how to cook the burger. Do you want the burger to be medium rare, or closer to well done?

For at-home grillmasters, knowing the difference can help you create some quick and easy hamburger meals that everyone will enjoy, and for restaurants, cooking a burger to perfection will help you achieve the best customer service experience. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the differences between these two types of burgers.

Comparing the two

Medium rare as a cooking style indicates there is a juicy red center remaining in the burger after you cook it. The outside of the burger will have a nice brown char. Being well done, meanwhile, means the burger is fully cooked all the way through.

There are people who have very strong opinions on which is the best method for cooking a burger. Certainly, most experts would agree that the best way to cook a steak is medium rare—cook it any more than that and you’ll risk drying out the meat and losing a lot of its flavor. Some people have the perception that the same is true with hamburgers—a well-done burger could potentially dry up all the burger’s juices and make it hard and flavorless. However, there are also other people who get worried about leaving juicy redness in the center of a hamburger, thinking it could potentially make them sick.

It’s important to know that in today’s world, there is not nearly as much reason to fear eating undercooked beef as there was in the past. So long as you are careful about where you purchase your meat from, there’s no safety concern at all with cooking a medium rare burger. If you’re really uncomfortable, you can cook just past the point of medium rare, to medium or medium well. But do keep in mind that the more you cook the burger, the less juicy it will be.

Ultimately, the choice between medium rare and well done is a personal preference. There are some people who really love the experience of a juicy burger. There are others who care much more about removing any redness from the meat and preventing any food safety concerns (though as we mentioned, this shouldn’t be an issue most American consumers need to worry about). We highly recommend trying multiple styles of cooking for your burger to see what your preference is. You can’t know for sure until you’ve experienced it for yourself. Plus, the need to experiment will give you an excuse to try a bunch of different burgers!

Not interested in cooking your own burger and looking for the best customer service experience instead? Visit Ground Round Grill & Bar Ponca City and order from our menu! For more information about how we prepare our burgers and other dishes, contact our team today!

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