First things first when it comes to making the perfect Burger: selecting the proper blend of beef, which isn’t always the one with the most significant fat content.
Humanity has been searching for the ideal Burger ever since outdoor cooking began. We learned several helpful hints for shaping and frying beef patties through our investigation. Most of the common blunders in grilling were corrected, which was a welcome bonus. But let’s be honest; if you get off to a bad start, no amount of advice will help. There has to be an honest conversation about beef if you are genuinely committed to finding the mythical Perfect Burger.
I’ll be the first to confess that there are competing pieces of advice for choosing high-quality beef. Some people would advise you to go out and buy the most incredible steaks money can buy and then grind them all up. Some people swear by a 70% lean to 30% fat ratio. That alone is enough to deter you from ever starting. When it comes to online advice, I find myself agreeing with parts of it, disagreeing with other pieces, and wishing I could delete it from the web. I don’t know whether my opinion is correct, but this is what has helped me the most.
It’s Not All About the Beef
Like most things in life, if you want the best of anything, you must know where to search. The ground beef for Grandma’s most excellent casserole may be found in the grocery store, where you can also find many other ingredients that will complement the meat and make the dish delicious. Despite how much I enjoy them, I can’t say that the ground beef is the reason why.
Since beef is the star of the show when it comes to burgers, only the best ground beef should be used. I think you must choose a reliable butcher or meat shop. Even if the final product may cost a bit more, it will be of far higher quality than anything else on the market.
But before you enter the business, familiarise yourself with a few things you should never do.
Fatty Topics for Discussion
You may get a wide variety of ground beef from 70/30 to 93/7 at every supermarket. Fat content to lean meat content is at this proportion. When referring to a 70/30 mix, there will be 70% lean meat and 30% fat. Therefore, there is very little fat in a 93/7. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that a burger made with a 93/7 mix would be juicy and delicious. It lacks the fat that gives burgers their signature flavor. It’s a must in your life.
I know what you’re thinking: “So, what is the greatest blend?” It would be nice if I did, but where would the joy be in that? What I want to remember before settling on a particular mix is twofold:
- In what oven are the burgers going to be cooked?
- I was wondering what method you’d be using to prepare them.
The fat content of my burgers doesn’t have to be as high if I’m striving for medium-rare doneness. I think an 80/20 mix might work well here. You may purchase a 70/30 blend if you want your meat cooked to medium-well doneness, which I like. If you like your burgers well done, you should choose a mix with a high-fat ratio, like 60/40. This will ensure that the Burger retains some juicy flavors even after cooking.
Grilling vs. Pan-Frying
The method by which you prepare your burgers is another indicator of the meat quality you should purchase. I like to add a bit extra fat to the burger mixture if I plan on grilling them. During cooking, much of the fat will render off, resulting in a leaner burger.
Since the heat from a pan can be adjusted more precisely than that of a grill, burgers are often cooked at lower temperatures. As a result, I prefer options with less fat. Further, there won’t be a lot of excess fat in the pan once I’m done.
Choosing the Right Piece of Beef
To begin, select beef with a robust taste. Chuck, round, and brisket are my go-to cuts of meat. Since round is leaner, you’ll want to supplement with another cut to get the desired fat percentage. This is when I request the short ribs. The beef flavor is robust, and the fat doesn’t go away as quickly as other beef fats. Regardless of the base ingredients, I’ve found that adding short ribs helps boost the beef flavor.
The benefits of knowing a reliable butcher will become apparent at this time. It’s better to have a conversation with this person to figure out what combination would provide the most excellent taste. Feel free to ask any questions that come to mind. In my experience, people are more than willing to assist you if you approach them with curiosity and passion. If they want your business again, it’s in their best interest to satisfy your every need.
No doubt you came here wanting to learn precisely which mix to request and leave with that knowledge. That would be difficult for me to achieve, given that people’s tastes vary widely. I haven’t given you a specific recipe, but I have given you the fundamentals to work from as you create your blend.
What It Comes Down To
Finally, if you’re unsure what to choose, err on the side of a larger fat ratio in the mix. It’s too late to save a burger that’s lost its moisture.