Burger Buying Guide

by in Food Network Magazine, June 19th, 2012

Bistro Burger

  • Choose a specific cut. Meat with generic labels like “ground beef” or “hamburger” can come from any part of the cow or from trimmings, so they can be inconsistent in flavor and texture. Ground meat labeled “chuck,” “sirloin” or another cut must contain at least 50 percent meat from that cut; it’s usually higher quality. If possible, go for organic, grass-fed beef; we love the flavor.
  • Check the color. Don’t worry if packaged ground beef is bright red in some areas and brown or purplish in others. This is a harmless reaction of the meat’s surface to the air. However, if all of the meat in a package is gray, check the date — it may be past its prime.

  • Skip the preformed patties. They’re often shaped by machines, which don’t handle the meat gently. Plus, you can’t always control the quality of the beef.
  • Ask for a custom grind. Have a butcher grind up your favorite cut, like brisket or short ribs, and mix it with ground chuck. (Some supermarket butchers won’t do this, but it’s worth asking!) If you have a meat grinder, try it yourself at home.

Kids'-Menu Burger

Now that you know the golden rules of burger buying, dress up your patties with these fun topping combos like the Kids’-Menu Burger pictured above.

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Comments (4)

  1. Reuben says:

    That is an amazing looking burger right there. Ina has a good burger recipe that I have made many times. Amanda Freitag tweeted a very interesting burger recipe by Dean Martin: 1 lb ground beef. 2 oz bourbon chilled. Preheat a heavy frying pan and sprinkle bottom slightly with table salt. MIx meat, handling lightly, just enough to form 4 patties. Grill over medium high heat about 4 minutes on each side. Pour chilled bourbon in chilled shot glass and serve meat and bourbon on a TV tray. Sweet!

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  3. Donald says:

    Looks greasy but appetizing as well. I love a good hamburger with lettuce. Check out sliced meats melbourne if you have the time.

  4. les recettes says:

    Its such as you read my thoughts! You appear to understand so much about this, such as you wrote the e-book in it or something. I feel that you just can do with some p.c. to force the message house a little bit, but other than that, that is wonderful blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

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