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Ground Beef with Salt and Pepper

Ground Beef with Salt and Pepper

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There are a lot of ways to make a good hamburger patty. They can be made out of ground beef, pork, lamb, sausage, turkey, or more. They can be stuffed full of garlic, cheese, spices, peppers, or virtually anything small enough to fit inside. They can be mixed into the ground meat, eggs, bread crumbs, cream, and everything but the kitchen sink. Regardless of what is put inside (and simpler is usually better), it all starts with making the perfect patty.

What I have here is a coarse ground beef and some salt and pepper but you can choose any burger recipe you want. I also prefer a high fat content in the meat, something in the 85/15 range. Extremely lean meat will not produce the flavor desired in a good burger. Of course, the higher the fat content the more shrinkage of the patties will occur. Before getting started, you will need to be aware of a few of things:

  • Keep the meat cold as much as possible
  • Do not over work the meat. Handle it as little as possible
  • Keep your hands and work area clean
  • Wash everything as soon as you are done
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