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lean hamburger,,, need tasty burger recipes

Ive heard that lean hamburger isnt so great to make burgers but, I would dearly love to make tasty burgers today. Does anyone have any new or old recipes ?

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    1. There was a recipe in some magazine lately that suggested putting hamburgers in pita bread and using chimichurri sauce. It is very delicious, and a great change from regular hamburgers. I also add a slice or two of tomato with it.

      (There is a thread a ways back on chimichurri, although the recipe I used from that thread was unlike any other chimichurri I have had.)

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      1. re: Anne H

        If you live anywhere near Berkeley, CA, the Berkeley Bowl has the absolutle best ground turkey I have ever tasted. It's kind of more coarsely ground than the sawdust textured ground turkey I've gotten in supermarkets. What I did was to mix it half & half with ground beef (9% fat) from Niman Ranch Meats - also sold at Berkeley Bowl, but I think Niman Ranch meats are available all over the U.S. I mixed in a little tamari and lots of minced onion, s & p - bottom line: the best tasting burger I've eaten in years! And very healthy to boot.

      2. You really shouldn't use lean meat for hamburgers. It should have at least 20% fat, or it'll be pretty dry.

        1. Sorry for being critical instead of helpful.:)

          Here's James Beard's favorite hamburger recipe. The addition of the finely grated onion (and resulting onion juice) plus a little cream should keep any hamburger meat moist and juicy. Just remember to NEVER push down on them with your spatula while they're cooking!

          James Beard's Favorite Hamburger Recipe:

          2 pounds chopped beef chuck or round
          1 onion
          1 tablespoon heavy cream
          Freshly ground black pepper
          Unsalted butter
          Vegetable oil, as needed
          Kosher salt, to taste

          Spread the meat out on a board and grate 2 to 3 tablespoons of onion into it—use a fairly fine grater so you get just the juice and very finely grated raw onion. Now mix in about a tablespoon of heavy cream and some freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Form into patties--a 6 to 8-ounce patty for an average serving.
          Using a black iron skillet or your best copper one or your pet aluminum frying pan, Teflon-coated or not (with a Teflon coating you won't need much fat, just a little bit for flavor), and cook the hamburgers in the butter and oil over fairly high heat, giving it 4 to 5 minutes a side, depending on how well done you like it. Salt this creamy, oniony, peppery hamburger before serving it on a buttered bun or English muffin, or as a main course with sliced tomatoes and onions or some home-fried potatoes.

          1. there was a recipe in CI a few months ago for what I think they called "foolproof backyard burgers". I was looking for my copy, but can't seem to put my hands on it. anyway.. it was meant for leaner grinds of burger. had bread crumbs soaked in skim milk mixed in with the burger to retain moisture.

            they weren't bad... the full(er) fat version are better (or if you add cheese). but the recipe made me want to keep experimenting. i'll post it, if i find it.. otherwise, You might be able to search their website.

            :)
            megan