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Best size (portion) of beef for hamburger?

ipsedixit Sep 7, 2006 08:25 PM

Any one think that there can TOO much beef for a hamburger.

1/4 lbs, is a bit skimpy (too easily overwhelmed by the lettuce and tomatoes and not enough counter-balance to the bun)

1/2 lbs. is good, not great, depending on the toppings, dressings, etc..

1/3 lbs. is just right (for me anyway) and provides the proper balance between savory patty mouth feel to the cool crisp lettuce, tomatoes and sweet/saltiness of the ketchup, mustard, pickles, etc.

1 lbs. is too much meat, it's like you ordered meatloaf and they threw in the buns as an after thought.

Any one else have a preference?

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    ESNY Sep 7, 2006 08:34 PM

    My preference is more based on thickness than amount of meat. A good burger can't be thicker than about an inch, maybe slightly less, or its a meatball. Then you have to squeeze it to eat it.

    1. Chowpatty Sep 7, 2006 11:44 PM

      I agree that 1/3 lb. is about right for me. I like Ku Aina burgers in Hawaii, where they ask you if you want 1/3 or 1/2 and charge accordingly. My b.f. wanted the 1/2, so that way everybody gets what they want (not to mention fresh pineapple on the burger too and free grilled onions!)

      1. jfood Sep 8, 2006 12:47 AM

        I make mine 1/3 pound as well. 1/4 was too little and 1/2 was too much.

        1. Karl S Sep 8, 2006 01:07 AM

          The usual professional recommendation is roughly 5 oz, and 1/3 pound is 5.33 ounces. It will normally weigh under 4 ounces once cooked.

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