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#4655817 - 02/04/18 11:43 AM Iron skillet
Camprunner Offline

Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1034
Loc: MA.
Over my father in laws the other day around noon and he says he is making some homemade hamburgers for lunch. I was like ok sounds good then he whips out an old iron skillet! And I was like O boy this can't be good! .. I was wrong! Best tasting burgers I have ever had I had two of them! The old Iron skillet made them taste fantastic they had a unique flavor. Anyone here use one?

#4655828 - 02/04/18 11:54 AM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
Chris142 Offline

Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
The iron gets seasoned and adds to the flavor. Unfortunately cooking them like that makes the cholesterol higher than a BBQ where the grease can fall out.
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#4655836 - 02/04/18 11:59 AM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
Oldtom Offline

Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 331
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
Lodge makes good cast iron cookware right here in the USA. I have a Lodge cast iron griddle that fits on my gas grill. I cook scrapple and hamburgers outside when the weather is nice. The best cast iron is old stuff made by Wagner and Griswold. There is tons of info on the net about how to season and care for cast iron.

I also have a Lodge dutch oven and have used it to cook " to die for" chicken using only cheap charcoal briquettes.

Cast iron is heavy, Lodge also makes a lighter steel pan. Never used these.

#4655840 - 02/04/18 12:01 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
i_hate_autofraud Offline

Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 706
Loc: Canada

I use iron skillets a lot, I think we have a case of 'confirmation bias' here, or a low expectation
that's exceeded! There's lots of little cooking tricks that can make make the burger better.

For me, adding mesquite wood chips to a BBQ grill adds a lot - an of course the quality of the meat!

That said, if you enjoyed it, then be happy!

#4655853 - 02/04/18 12:11 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18911
Loc: MA,
Originally Posted By: camprunner
Anyone here use one?

No but my ex wife used one on me and it hurt like crazy.
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#4655864 - 02/04/18 12:23 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
JHZR2 Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41805
Loc: New Jersey
Yup, hamburgers on cast iron are great. Melt some cheese and put an egg and fried onions on top. Perfect.

#4655865 - 02/04/18 12:25 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Trav]
Variant_S Offline

Registered: 02/14/17
Posts: 27
Loc: SW of Chicago, IL
I'm a big fan of old cast iron, use a #9 Griswold all the time, and have a #10 Wagner for making from-scratch pizza.

I prefer old Lodge to new. If you keep your eyes open and frequent resale shops, you can sometimes pick up a #8 Lodge from the 1940s for $10 - $20.

#4655873 - 02/04/18 12:29 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
Starman2112 Offline

Registered: 11/27/15
Posts: 313
Loc: East Tennessee
I can remember my mother frying hamburgers in an iron skillet when I was a kid. Delicious!
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#4655890 - 02/04/18 12:45 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Chris142]
CT8 Offline

Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 11020
Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: Chris142
The iron gets seasoned and adds to the flavor. Unfortunately cooking them like that makes the cholesterol higher than a BBQ where the grease can fall out.
BBQ adds cancerous carbon ! You can't win.
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#4655907 - 02/04/18 12:57 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
Kruse Offline

Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 4298
Loc: Kansas
My mom is 89 years old and daily uses the same cast iron frying pan that she got as a wedding gift back in 1952.

#4655909 - 02/04/18 12:58 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
DBMaster Offline

Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5323
Loc: DFW
Cast iron skillet cooking makes for the best burgers and steaks I've ever cooked. I don't even own a grill anymore.

#4655963 - 02/04/18 01:57 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2973
Loc: USA
I've tried to go with cast iron but I could never get the seasoning process right.

#4655981 - 02/04/18 02:10 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
Blkstanger Offline

Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1948
Loc: Lakeside, CA
I grew up with my Mother cooking on cast iron. My Wife does too. She has an old 14" Cast Iron pan that She inherited from her Father. Burgers are just one of the many things we fry up in it. She also has a smaller one just for eggs and about 5 more in the cabinet.
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#4655991 - 02/04/18 02:18 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
PeterPolyol Offline

Registered: 03/06/16
Posts: 1345
Loc: toronto
Curious how you guys are cleaning and storing your cast iron pans?

#4656003 - 02/04/18 02:32 PM Re: Iron skillet [Re: Camprunner]
NormanBuntz Offline

Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2132
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
You can find them at your local Cracker Barrel store.
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