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Ground beef season?

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by M2 Carbine, May 2, 2006.

  1. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

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    Two questions about ground beef.

    I'm buying ground beef in one pound containers at Wal Mart.
    There's a bunch of choices. What is the best?

    I hate to cook, but I'm experimenting, looking for the easiest way to cook ground beef.
    The micro wave was a failure.
    I have a small electric Presto hamburger/sandwich cooker. It holds a pound of ground beef perfect.
    Last week I used the cooker and other than over cooking the meat bad, and I like well done, it was eatable (more or less).

    Second question.
    What's a good seasoning to sprinkle on the meat before cooking?
    I used Lowry's seasoned salt but the meat still tasted like road kill.:clown:
     
  2. lethal tupperwa

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    Salt the meat before you make patties.

    If you have a grater (every kitchen needs one) grate half an onion and mix it into meat before you cook it.

    A Tablespoon of Worcester sauce wouldn't hurt.

    If you have access to a stove and a frying pan, loosely form your patties. (packing tight doesn't do anything good for them.)

    Get the pan hot, but not melting, Place the burger in it and don't move it until the heat drives some red liquid (blood) to the top of the burger.

    Turn and cook the other side until it's done.

    When you turn it you might have to lower the heat a little.

    Ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, cheese,....


    Uncooked ground meat does not last more that 2 or 3 says in the fridge without getting spoiled.
     

  3. K.C. Dia

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    For burgers, I prefer 80-20 (80 percent beef, 20 percent fat). Any less fat and the burgers are not juicy and get dried out. If you have a choice, I like ground chuck for hamburger. Lethal tupperware is right, salt and pepper is hard to beat.
     
  4. Michael Dean

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    There are many ways to cook ground beef. Frying, or grilling would both work. The microwave won't work because the chemical reaction is not taking place on the surface of the meat that is there with other cooking methods.

    80% lean is a good call, true ground chuck is the tastiest because of where it comes off of the animal. The suggestion about adding onions and/or steak sauce is good.

    I personally don't buy any fresh meat at Wal-Mart, since it has been gassed to increase the shelf life. But that's a personal choice.

    Good luck.
     
  5. M2 Carbine

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    Thanks for the info.:)

    Yesterday I got lean ground beef. I guess next week I have to get a ground chuck that's not too lean .

    In the cupboard I just found a container of Tone's Minced Onion .
    Good enough for the onions?

    I've got a complete kitchen but if it's beyond sticking something in the microwave I usually just go to hot dogs and beans, which goes in the microwave anyhow.:supergrin:
    It's far too much trouble to cook up much of a meal just for myself.

    I'm not especially trying to cook hamburgers, but I will (remember to put hamburger buns on the shopping list).
    Just trying to cook ground beef into a somewhat eatable form to use in Tacos, Rice or whatever.
    Just need an escape from TV dinners once in a while.:)
     
  6. groundhawg

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    two things that are very simple to add but give very good results are liptons onion soup mix or chicken bouillon [i like herb ox]. just mix either of the two in with your meat and i think you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
    like someone said, dont pack the burger too tight, it tends to make the patties heavy and dry also overcooking a burger will give the "roadkill" taste/texture.
     
  7. Mild Bill

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    You can bake a Shepherd's Pie and eat it for a week...

    Brown a bunch of ground beef, drain it, add some salt, pepper, garlic powder,
    and put it aside in a bowl...

    Make some mashed potatoes... Hungry Jack Instant if you have to...
    Salt, pepper, butter... Make them taste good...
    Put them aside in a bowl...

    Lube up a 9"x11" baking pan with a lil' oil and add 1/2 of the mashed potatoes, then the ground beef...
    Drain and sprinkle some canned corn on the meat...
    1/2" to 1" thick...
    Del Monte Fiesta Corn is great. Peppers and stuff in it...

    Add the rest of the mashed potatoes in three mounds and spread it out even, with a spatula...
    Drag some fork marks across the top...

    Add some shredded cheese and some Paprika on top and bake in a 350F oven for an hour, till top is brown...

    God's food...

    Adding taco seasoning to the ground beef makes it Mexican tasting...
     
  8. M2 Carbine

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    Holy cow that sounds good Bill.:bowdown:

    groundhawg, my Wife would make hamburgers like that. Don't know what kind of soup but it would come out like a gravy. With mashed potatos and the other fixings, I'd tell Her, food just doesn't get any better than this.
     
  9. lethal tupperwa

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    brown the beef drain fat mix in a packet of taco seasoning and a can of re-fried beans mix well add A jar of salsa.
     
  10. M2 Carbine

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    I never tried re-fried beans mixed with the meat. Next time.:)
     
  11. Heckler&Koch

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    with ground beef it is called a Cottage Pie. But I'd like to taste either one right now.
     
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    I made some burgers the other night with a packet of the Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning in them. They were pretty tasty.

    +1 on the Lipton onion soup mix too, I always use this in my meatloaf.
     
  13. GlocknSpiehl

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    For a lb of ground beef I like to add a couple of spoons of Worchestershire sauce and some Montreal Steak Seasoning and gently mix my hand. I also dice/mince in some onion. You can sub the A-1 sauce of your preferrence and get something tasty too. You need to add about 3 tblsp of A-1.

    Definitely get 80/20 or 85/15 to keep the meat from being too dried out after grilling.
     
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    I am with GlocknSpiehl on this topic.

    Exactly.

    And I am a beef and pork man. Sorry, Shoeless.
     
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    78%-80% Lean is best, any leaner and you lose flavor

    Use Montreal Steak Seasoning (McCormick Schilling), this stuff rocks!
     
  16. lethal tupperwa

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    One of the ingredients of the seasoning is partially hydrogenated oil