So intriqued by Niki's post about adding water to her burgers AND being in charge of making burgers for fathers day lunch, I decided to set out a quarter pound of meat as a test burger. All the seasonings were the same. The only difference to this one burger is that I added 1 tablespoon of water to it. It's less that the amount that Niki thought she put in her burgers but it seemed like what she said was way too much.
So the results were.............
It seems this really is a trick. As much as I could, I kept the burges equal. Same amount of cooking time, same condiments, same cheese. The burger with the tablespoon of water in it was much more tender. It seemed to be a bit juicier too. That part still may need more testing.
The bottom line is, next time I make burgers, I'm gonna add water. About a quarter cup to a pound. I have been tossing around the idea of adding beer instead. Perhaps Guinnes.