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Aug 20, 2008 08:27 PM

Who is making burgers with local and/or grassfed beef? (PHX)

I was having a burger craving earlier and remembered how I wanted my next burger out to be from a place that sources its beef from either directly from a local grower or at least a grower who uses sustainable and humane husbandry practices (e.g., Niman Ranch). I think Welcome Diner MIGHT do this, but I can't remember for sure.

Does anyone know of such a place in the Phoenix area?

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  1. Not exactly but close (only thing that comes to mind) is Delux which uses Harrison beef? Wouldn't say it's truly humane/sustainable ranching, but at least it's hormone-free and vegetarian.

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    1. re: oryza

      Yep. Delux uses Harris Ranch beef.

      I've driven past and cursed the Harris Ranch concentrated animal feeding operation near Coalinga many times. At some point last year I decided enough was enough and swore off Harris Ranch.

      So, unless Delux switches to a supplier who operates in a way that's more in line with my values, I'll likely be skipping their burgers.

      1. re: hohokam

        hohokam - what do you think of the A Bar H ground beef?

        1. re: azhotdish

          I haven't tried it, and now that I think about it, I almost never cook with ground beef. In general, I like lamb and pork more than beef, and I'm a a teeny bit leery of buying pre-ground beef due to BSE concerns.

          The last thing I made with ground beef was a sugo, in which I used sirloin I ground at home. That was over 6 months ago. Perhaps this explains my burger craving. ;-)

          1. re: hohokam

            I really like their ground beef. Its certainly tastes different than the ground beef you are used but it really has a great flavor.

            1. re: avandelay

              Well, now I'm doubly disappointed about not being able to make it to this month's "meat drop".

              Oh well. Perhaps I can catch them in September--pleasant grilling weather should be upon us around that time. :-)

              1. re: hohokam

                I'm going to miss it too; otoh, I'll be in SF so I can't complain.

                I have enjoyed their ground beef - it makes a nice burger. The only thing I haven't been impressed with is their short ribs.

                1. re: azhotdish

                  Ah. That's why I will be missing it too (little bit of work, little bit of Slow Food Nation).

                  Funny you should mention the short ribs. They're the last remaining A Bar H item in my freezer (I think), and I've never had them before. I'll probably have to wait until I get back from the Bay Area to give them a try.

                  1. re: hohokam

                    I have som A Bar H short ribs in the freezer too! I did cook up some of their regular beef ribs a couple weeks ago in the crock pot and they were delicious. I'm curious - what was it that left you unimpressed?

                    1. re: scorpioscuba

                      Primarily the unevenness of the butchering - about four ribs were just over a pound - two were a nice size, but the other two did not have much meat on them. Since I did these for a Sunday meal at home, it was no big deal, but since I usually make the effort when I'm having guests, I would have been pretty bummed to serve them to others. The flavor was just fine, but just weren't portioned well.

    2. I'm pretty sure Welcome Diner fits your criteria.

      I know all of their beef is organic, and they source their vegetables locally.

      1. Joe's Farm Grill states that they use "local, natural" beef in their burgers:

        And they are VERY good, as are the sweet potato fries and garlic fries. It would be a great place to satisfy that craving of yours. In fact, I feel a burger craving coming on myself...

        Joe's Farm Grill
        3000 E Ray Rd Ste 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296

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        1. re: scorpioscuba

          I keep hearing good things about JFG. The burger looks like it would really hit the spot after a hike in the Superstitions or on my way home from the Pork Shop. :-)

          Thanks for the tip!

        2. I know from firsthand experience that Prado (at the Intercontinental) carries Double Check grassfed burgers and Rancho Pinot (Scottsdale) has a burger night with their beef as well.