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Old 07-04-2012, 04:59 PM
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Live and learn. I love to grill stuff, and after all these years I just figured out that the cheaper, greasier hamburger makes better grilled burgers than lean hamburger. I had home-ground some beef and it's really lean and makes terrible grilled burgers. Yesterday I bought a pack of the 73/27 hamburger and grilled them and they were so much better. I never knew.
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FAT is where all the flavor is
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Agreed, if you want a really good tasting burger, steer clear of the uber lean ground beef. From a cost perspective, it appears that if you buy the fattier stuff for less $/lb, you use a bit more to make up for the fat lost. If you use the super lean, you use less but pay more $/lb. In the end, dollar wise, it works out MOL the same, but there is no comparison in the taste.
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Heart attack city
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It's only "heart attack city" if you make it a large part of your diet. Everything in moderation, including a really good burger!
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MMmmm....love heart attack burgers, grilled so they're good and carcinogenic.

When I tried grilling the lean burgers, they came out like venison--good taste but even when taken off the grill as soon as the pink is gone, they were very firm and dry as a bone. Only problem is that the pit really did smoke like crazy when the fat was dripping down on the coals. Used some Mexican mesquite coal, not briquettes. Good stuff, not an overpowering taste. The burgers shrank down a fair amount so I imagine a good portion of the fat went up in smoke. Gave half a burger to each of the doggy-dogs and they agreed that they were good.
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When I grill lean burgers, I always mix a little butter into the meat before forming patties anyway. So why bother, when the less lean burger cooks up better, is moister, and cheaper anyway.

I've gotten where I grind most of my own burger now, unless I find it on a good sale. I generally use chuck roast to grind. Then I can control how lean the burger is depending on what I'm going to use it for.
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If you knead a little Worcestershire sauce and chopped onions into the mix, yum!

I want to try some corn starch into the mix. I have not tried it yet, but it may add a little body and crunch
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Oh yeah, gotta have lots of fat in it to make a good burger especially on the grill. YUM.
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I make a meatloaf burger that is to die for. Equal parts 73/27 beef, ground pork, and ground lamb. 1 fresh egg , minced onion, bell pepper, a touch of jalepeno,salt and pepper. Grill both sides and remove from direct heat. Baste with ketchup. When good and sticky install a peice of pepper jack cheese. Mmmmmm
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Live and learn. I love to grill stuff, and after all these years I just figured out that the cheaper, greasier hamburger makes better grilled burgers than lean hamburger. I had home-ground some beef and it's really lean and makes terrible grilled burgers. Yesterday I bought a pack of the 73/27 hamburger and grilled them and they were so much better. I never knew.
If you are grinding them yourself, try adding about %10 bacon.

Now that is some good eating. And you can feel your arteries clogging with every bite.
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Yeah, my heart skips every third beat as it is, so what's another blocked artery or two?

Just joking. I eat so much venison and chicken and turkey that some fat every now and then is good. The body uses fats to build cell walls with and it's necessary for good metabolic functions.

Y'all are making me hungry with the recipes.
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