To Flip or Not to Flip, That is the Question

by Kevin on July 24, 2013 · 4 comments

The time honored debate:  Flip once, or flip multiple times.  Everyone I talk to has an opinion and reasoning behind it.  I recently saw this article on Lifehacker and find it very interesting.  It speaks to the logic of why flipping multiple times makes more sense than only flipping once.

What do I think?  I think I have to try both side by side to test the results.  Here is MY logic:  Every time I flip, I see juices on my steak/burger that are being flipped directly on the fire.  So why would I want to flip those juices away?  I’m no scientist, so I can’t speak to the points about what happens internally to the meat when you flip.  I’m just an observer and don’t like seeing sweet juices pouring off my meat onto the coals, causing flames.

I like to see those juices sitting on my plate.

Also, my cousin Tim made a great point – if you’re keeping the lid on, both sides are cooking so there’s no need to flip.  With my Weber, or any hot grill with a lid, when you close the lid it’s trapping the heat, thus cooking the top side as well.  Further reason to flip only once.

So, check it out.  Leave a comment.  Tell me what you think and your reasoning behind it.  If you’ve experimented with both, tell me the results.  Post pics on Facebook.  I want to hear and know all about what you think!

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bone side down bbq&grill July 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

I AGREE FLIP ONCE ! I START WITH A 6OZ MEAT BALL AT ROOM TEMP. THEN FLATTEN TO A PATTIE. HIGH HEAT SEARING ONE SIDE THEN THE OTHER AFTER THAT SLIDE IT OVER TO MEDIUM HEAT FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES. IT’S JUCIY,NICE AND COOKED.

Ron

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Wes Burns July 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

I flip twice solely to cross my grill marks. The better question is… Why do I often see people smash the heck out of a patty after the flip? THAT loses all of your juicy goodness!

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Kevin July 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I couldn’t agree more, Wes. Every time I see someone squish the juices out of their burger, through the grates…I cry a little.

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Andrew July 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

I agree. Flipping once is the way to go!

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