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Old 07-03-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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I was at an Irish pub type place (wings, beer, sandwiches, etc) a couple of hours ago and ordered a cheeseburger medium rare. I understand the risks, but this place is very clean and specializes in sandwiches, salads, stuff like that. However, when I got the burger, it was even rarer than I had expected, but I decided to eat it anyway because it didn't look that terrible and certainly tasted fine to me. This was definitely the rarest burger I have ever eaten, and pieces of the pink meat were literally falling onto my plate when I picked it up. It was one of those instances where I don't think I should have done what I did, but it's too late now. I have been worried ever since we got the check, but so far I feel nothing, however it's only been about 3 hours. When I told my grandfather and asked him what he thought, he looked really concerned and said, "You're in for it later tonight." I have no idea whether this place grinds their own meat, but I wouldn't imagine so. I also didn't see a disclaimer written on the menu, but being that the menu was a few pages long, it could have been somewhere else besides underneath the burger section. So my main question is how long will it take before I know that I am home free? Also, are the odds really greatly in the favor of me getting dangerously ill, like to the point of hugging the toilet and requiring hospitalization? I'm really just looking for answers to the questions and not for people to tell me I did a stupid thing. If it helps, this place is not a fancy restaurant, but not a dump or a chain either. Just a run-of-the-mill Irish pub.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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I've had a very similar experience and didn't get sick.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:55 PM
 
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I've had a very similar experience and didn't get sick.
Can you elaborate a little bit?
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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You'll be fine. When was the last time you heard of someone requiring hospitalization from a burger?

(Yeah, I know. Someone's going to chime in with their story of someone who was hospitalized. That's the nature of CD. There's always a contrarian, even if they have to spin a web to do it. But fact of the matter is, it's quite rare, especially considering the millions of burgers that are sold every day in this country.)
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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Too late to do anything about it now so just wait and see. Most likely you'll be fine.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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You'll be fine. When was the last time you heard of someone requiring hospitalization from a burger?

(Yeah, I know. Someone's going to chime in with their story of someone who was hospitalized. That's the nature of CD. There's always a contrarian, even if they have to spin a web to do it. But fact of the matter is, it's quite rare, especially considering the millions of burgers that are sold every day in this country.)
I see what you did there.

OP, lots of people prefer their beef rare. I seriously doubt you have anything to worry about.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:29 PM
 
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You'll be fine. When was the last time you heard of someone requiring hospitalization from a burger?

(Yeah, I know. Someone's going to chime in with their story of someone who was hospitalized. That's the nature of CD. There's always a contrarian, even if they have to spin a web to do it. But fact of the matter is, it's quite rare, especially considering the millions of burgers that are sold every day in this country.)
E Coli certainly comes to mind. It's very rare (no pun intended) but I certainly have heard about it. I've also heard that this takes up to a week to develop. And even if I don't get E Coli, I don't want to be vomiting uncontrollably for the next few days either.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:31 PM
 
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I see what you did there.

OP, lots of people prefer their beef rare. I seriously doubt you have anything to worry about.
I do know there is a minor risk with medium rare burgers, but at places I feel I can trust more than others (not chains, diners, fast food, etc) I will order it that way, but usually those wind up being overcooked to medium. This is by far the pinkest I've ever had.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:52 PM
 
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I see what you did there.

LOL!! D@mn, it wasn't even intentional!
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:56 PM
 
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E Coli certainly comes to mind. It's very rare (no pun intended) but I certainly have heard about it. I've also heard that this takes up to a week to develop. And even if I don't get E Coli, I don't want to be vomiting uncontrollably for the next few days either.

You can get E Coli from plenty of other foods. Hell, you can apparently get it from romaine lettuce. It's still pretty ahem ... uncommon (despite what the news media and social media would have you believe).

I think what you're most in danger of at this point stressing yourself out to the point of making yourself sick.
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