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Old 05-14-2019, 02:09 PM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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Tried searching to make sure this hasn't already been asked (my apologies if it has).

What's the best beef mix or type of beef for burgers? Choice brisket/chuck mix? Wagyu? Grass-fed? Last year I tried all-brisket burgers and I did not like the flavor (although at least they weren't dry). They did not taste "beefy".

There doesn't seem to be consensus on this, on the type of cut that is best, and the type of beef. What do you all think?

Thinking ahead for Memorial Day Grillout!
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:31 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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I prefer 80/20 chuck.
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:52 PM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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I prefer 80/20 chuck.
What kind of chuck? Conventional? Choice? Angus? Prime? Grass fed? Wagyu? ???
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Old 05-14-2019, 03:44 PM
 
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Choice chuck roll put thru grinder twice …. shoulder clods are good too …..also bottom flats ..

chuck is the best ….

brisket sounds good but most of the fat (flavor) is around the point cut ….and there's some loose greasy fat at times...

ive ground over a million pounds of burger


im not a fan of supermarket or Walmart % burger ….most of the time they get it shipped in all predetermined fat/lean ratio...
the best burger in the store is called "bench trimmings" which is steak trimmings....cut fresh and ground fresh ..
mostly butcher shops and smaller iga's will have this....they may label ground chuck or ground beef or ground round...

go with ground chuck.. which is comparable to 80-85% lean..



its ironic.....most of the ecoli recalls are from huge batches of burger...…….whether its case ready like Walmart or "tube" burger which many supermarkets use - 10lb preprocessed ..predetermined fat/lean ratio
and not the bench trimmings most independents generate..

ive been a meat manager in a supermarket and now a perishable supervisor for independent stores (training meat cutters/managers

if you have your own grinder... (you can buy a 2800watt one off ebay for less than 100.00 ...then buy the sales of chuck roasts....shoulder roasts...bottom round roasts for 2.99lb if not less..

or

buy a whole boneless "chuck roll" or shoulder clod"
cut up and grind yourself..... you can buy at a discount.....

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Old 05-14-2019, 04:34 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I buy a whole shoulder (chuck) and grind it at home. I buy the certified Angus choice grade because it is reliable.


The select grade has enough fat in the chuck but it isn't consistent with flavor. Sometimes it is really good beef and sometimes it is a bit rank. It's too much work to grind beef to take a chance on results, especially if it is for some sort of party.


One of the local stores sells certified Hereford beef and that is really good. I suppose for a couple of pounds of meat, you could buy a chuck roast of the Hereford. They don't sell primal cuts and that is the only store where I've seen certified Hereford for sale.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"most of the ecoli recalls are from huge batches of burger"......mixed in 1000 pound or larger batches...one can only guess how many individual animals are in that mix...it only takes one infected animal to infect that 1000 pounds of ground beef with ecoli.
It's been at least 20 years since I bought supermarket ground beef....unless it's to cook for dog food.

"Fast Food Nation" and "The Jungle" is good reading.

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Old 05-14-2019, 06:45 PM
 
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I agree about 80/20 chuck being the best for burgers. We buy it from our local meat market where it is ground fresh daily.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: USA
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80% sirloin ground with 20% bacon ends&pieces. Awesome Burger!
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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80% sirloin ground with 20% bacon ends&pieces. Awesome Burger!

You were not to tell anyone


Old School is still the best
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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I love bison for burgers, if you can find it where you are.
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