Hamburgers on the Grill

The defensive attacks from the company that makes the “pink slime” that has been all over news and social media for the last several months is unbelievable. They have food safety experts, USDA folks and even politicians coming to their defense. They have been lobbying Marion Nestle to back down and have been contributing mightily to non profits and political campaigns. Amazing for an individual private enterprise.

I don’t really care if the claims about it’s safety are true. The fact that it is processed using parts from multiple cows and chemicals makes me want to avoid it. The answer is simple, but has a few moving parts. First of all, never, ever eat at any fast food outlet unless you are completely convinced that they grind their own meat daily. The Shake Shack in New York is a perfect example. Never buy pre packaged ground beef. Only eat ground beef on occasion, not any more than once a week. And finally, how do you buy ground beef? New paragraph because I want you to get this.

Go into your market, find a piece of meat that is the right weight. I always look for the managers specials. Tri-tip or sirloin both work really well, but whatever is on sale will do. The only difference once it’s ground is the fat content. You can see that with your eyes.  Take the piece of meat to the butcher and ask them to double grind it. If they refuse (which they generally won’t) find yourself another market. I have never had anyone refuse. I have imparted this little secret on many friends and I always seem to get the same reaction. “I never thought of that,” and: “really, they will do that?” The next time you go shopping for ground beef try this and make sure to compare the price of a single piece of “managers special” meat with the same weight of ground beef sitting right next to it. You will be pleasantly surprised that for the same price or less you are buying ground beef for your family from a single cow that you saw (a cut of, anyway) and not concocted of pink slime and a 1000 cow parts.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • Ground Pepper

Tools

  • Chef’s Knife
  • Grill or Grill Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  1. Pre heat your grill or grill pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients using your (clean) hands.
  3. Form into at least 6 patties. I think it is important to take this opportunity to control the amount of red meat your family is eating. Make small patties and serve them on the same size buns as usual. 
  4. Grill to everyone’s desired temperature. Make sure not to turn until the first side is really brown.
Serve with lots of salad and vegetables. The small patties will appear to be the same to your family but you will be doing them a big health favor and saving money at the same time. 
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