Here are some practical tips and tricks that you can use keep your hamburger buns from getting soggy. All of these will work, and some of them allow for more versatility than others; so they can be used for any type of burger that you are making.
Use the correct order for placing the ingredients on the burger.
When restaurants make their burgers, they use a specific order when placing the vegetables in the burger with the burger patty. This order always starts with the sauce first, then they place the lettuce, then the rest of the vegetables. After this the burger patty is placed on with the cheese on top.
When the lettuce is placed on the bottom of the burger bun first, then it acts as a barrier to block the juices flowing from the burger from making direct contact with the burger bun. All of the other vegetables are then placed on the burger afterwards on top of the lettuce to make this barrier thicker.
If you just like your burger with only meat and cheese, then you can only use the lettuce itself to place on the top of the bottom burger bun before the meat, to keep the burger bottom bun from getting too soggy from the juices.
The cheese that is placed on top of the burger patty will protect the top bun, which will act as a barrier for keeping the top bun from becoming soggy from the juicy burger. If your concern is getting the top bun soggy from any additional sauces that you place on the burger on top of the cheese, then place a barrier of lettuce on the top bun after applying the sauce. This will help protect the top bun from getting soggy.
Use thicker bread for your burger buns.
If you are using thin bread to make the burgers, then they will easily become soggy. Instead, use thicker bread to make the burger with it. The bread will absorb any moisture in the burger, which will make the bread wet, and eventually soggy if it is too thin. Thicker bread will still get a little wet, but will get less soggy.
If the bread is more dense, then it will also absorb the moisture better. The cheap hamburger buns bought from the grocery stores usually aren’t that dense. It is just regular bread that is shaped into a hamburger bun. Try using dense bread so that it soaks up the moisture better from the burger, without the bread becoming soggy really fast.
It is basically the same concept for cleaning up a spill. When there is a bigger spill, then you have to use better towels to clean up the big mess efficiently, else the towel will get too wet after soaking up the liquids. The same thing applies for burgers. You need a better burger bun to be able to effectively soak up the juice in a burger to keep it from going soggy too fast.
Use dry vegetables.
Vegetables have a lot of water in them. It is what makes them look so plump, lively, and delicious. They are well hydrated. Some people might be surprised to find out that these vegetables can also make thick burger buns soggy very fast. After washing the vegetables used for placing in the burger, try letting them dry out a bit before they are placed on the burger.
Tomatoes for example, can make a hamburger bun really soggy really fast. They have a lot of juices. The more that a tomato is sliced and diced, the more juices there will be from them afterwards. These can make a burger bun soggy really fast. Leave vegetables like this out of the burger if you don’t want it to be soggy, or let them dry out first before they are placed on the burger.
Lettuce can also do the same thing to a burger if they are washed right before they are placed on a burger, or they have been previously sitting in water. Reducing the water in the vegetables is the main goal here, which could be making your burgers very soggy.
Pickles are also notorious for making the bread for sandwiches soggy, since they sit in pickle juice before they are immediately placed on the burger. Usually these are placed on the top of the inside of the burger in direct contact with the top bun. They can easily make the bread soggy if enough of them are in the burger.
Let the cooked burger patty rest after it is finished cooking.
Burgers will continue to bleed out after they have been placed on a burger bun, so it might be a good idea to let them rest for a second before placing them immediately on the hamburger bun. Let the patties sit after they are finished cooking on a drying rack for 5 to 10 minutes, so that those extra juices don’t seep into the burger buns.
Keep the burger’s contents separate until the burger is ready to be eaten.
Keep all of the things used to make the burger separate, until the burger is ready to be eaten. The customers at our restaurants do this as a trick to keep their hamburger buns from getting soggy. They will order their burger as usual, but request that all of the contents that are moist in the burger be placed into a separate container. Sometimes they will do the same for their sauces.
This keeps the burger bun from getting soggy, and ensures that it won’t have the chance to get soggy until the burger contents are placed on the bun. By that time, the burger is already eaten or almost finished before too much moisture soaks into the bread.
This method allows your favorite vegetables to be able to be placed in the burger, without making the burger really soggy.
Toast the hamburger buns.
Toast the hamburger buns to keep them dry for a longer period of time. Bread initially already has water and moisture in them. Toasting the bread will remove some of the moisture from being in the entire overall burger, which will give you a less soggy burger. Of course, the bread should be toasted right before making the burger to keep the bread from going stale faster.
Toasting the buns can be done simply by placing their inner side on a heated surface for a small amount of time.
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