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Grinding your own Hamburger

Using Short Rib and Chuck

In reading around the burger blogs and talking to others, I found was encouraged to grind my own burger and try it.

What is wrong with the hamburger that you buy in the supermarket? Nothing but it can sometimes be mushed down, or re-ground with some of the scraps and a good fluffy texture is lost or you don't really get the best ratio of the cuts that make for the juiciest"beefiest" burger.



I read about using short rib meat. This meat is known to be very flavorful,
because of its fat content and the gelatinous compounds that give
it that real "beefy" sensation.

I also used some chuck, and I went half and half weight wise with the chuck and
the short rib meat. In reading I have also heard that the brisket makes a perfect
ground beef as well.

Of course I cut the meat off the bone of the short rib before
I ground it. Make sure the meat is very cold before grinding it.
Put it back in the fridge or freezer for a short period of time if necessary.

I used a grinding attachment for a Kitchen Aid Mixer.
If you don't have a grinder you can use a food processor or even
chill the meat and hand chop it with a knife.

I used a large hole plate.

As you can see the mix doesn't look as mooshed together as a store bought
ground beef.

My choice of cooking them was a hard wood charcoal in this case Mesquite.



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