Partially freezing the ground beef before mixing in the spices helped prevent the meat from becoming compacted during mixing and shaping. But it's still important to use a light touch when handling the beef. The burgers can be cooked immediately after forming, bur we found refrigerating them overnight let the flavors develop more. To pan-fry the burgers, heat 1 tablespoon grapeseed or other neutral oil in a large skillet over medium-high until smoking. Add the patties and cook until well browned, about 5 minutes; flip and continue to cook to desired doneness. This recipe can easily be doubled.
pounds 85 percent lean ground beef
teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika
01Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment. Set the beef on it, then use 2 forks to gently break it up and spread over the sheet. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper, then sprinkle over the beef. Freeze until the meat is very cold and beginning to firm up at the edges, about 20 minutes.
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