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best pre-made burger to cook at home

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pbelanger Apr 23, 2010 02:41 PM

Yes, I'm lazy.
where can I find the best pre-made burger, to cook on the home bbq?

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    Livingtoeat Apr 23, 2010 03:52 PM

    Others may not agree with me (and that's okay) but I really enjoy the PC Angus Burgers. Not easy on the waistline, but really good in the mouth. I hear the PC Blue Menu Angus burgers are good too although I have not yet tried them.

    1. JamieK Apr 23, 2010 04:10 PM

      Frozen or fresh?

      If you're in the east/Leaside/EastYork area, we've been enjoying the frozen beef sirloin burgers from Grilltime Meats on Laird Ave. They are quite tasty and juicy, and don't have that fake processed chemical taste to them. You can also pick up Ace buns there, frozen as well.
      http://www.grilltime.ca/

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        pbelanger Apr 23, 2010 04:17 PM

        sorry, should have mentioned, looking for Fresh. I've tried most of the frozen variety and fresh is always best.

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        1. re: pbelanger
          jayt90 Apr 23, 2010 04:28 PM

          The Costco tray of fresh 'AAA' Canadian ground beef is around $2/lb and formed into 1/3 lb burgers. You have to buy about 15 to a tray so they run about $1. each.
          Their frozen burgers are 'AA' and seem denser, too well packed like most frozen ground beef.
          I have tried Cumbrae's, at $3 each, and they were also very good.

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          Cumbrae's
          1636 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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            KitchenVoodoo Apr 23, 2010 04:28 PM

            The sirloin burgers from Cumbrea are what I use. Everyone loves them. I use the burger buns from Epi bakery.

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            childofthestorm Apr 23, 2010 05:37 PM

            I don't want to be That Guy, but I wouldn't touch any of the mass-produced frozen patties. Did you read this NY Times article on beef inspection flaws? It just won a Pulitzer.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/hea...

            The article states that Costco conducts its own, more rigorous, beef inspection, so I buy ground beef there.

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            1. re: childofthestorm
              jayt90 Apr 23, 2010 07:31 PM

              The article is scary.
              I wonder if there are any meat counters that allow you to choose some beef for grinding.
              The cost of a shoulder roast is not much more per kg. than pre-ground beef.

              1. re: jayt90
                BamiaWruz Apr 23, 2010 10:34 PM

                It is! At my local butcher he grinds up steaks, when I asked for ground beef he went to the back got something that looked like a marbled steak and put it through the grinder a few times.

                I'm pretty sure you can pick the meat you want and have it ground.

                1. re: BamiaWruz
                  jayt90 Apr 24, 2010 06:14 AM

                  Where is this place?

                  When I buy fresh pork at an Asian store, Soon Lee, I have watched them replenish their ground beef display by putting fresh beef through the grinder. I bought some and it made good burgers, for $2/lb. The fat content was good, but not for dieters.

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                  Soon Lee
                  629 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1J, CA

                  1. re: BamiaWruz
                    BamiaWruz Apr 24, 2010 05:24 PM

                    An afghani butcher in whitby I go to sometimes. I'm pretty sure all of them do this.
                    I'm pretty sure when I lived in the west end it was the same at some other halal pakistani/arabic butchers.

                    Find a good one, and ask them to grind the meat you want, ask them to show you, I'm sure they won't mind.

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                Watertails2 Apr 23, 2010 05:50 PM

                Just this week my bf and I tried fresh burgers from both the Healthy Butcher and Rowe Farms. We bought the "Gordon Lightfoot" style at Healthy Butcher and they were chocked full of mushrooms, cheese, onions. They were juicy and flavourful. Rowe Farms didn't fair as well - they were drier, more dense style patties.

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                The Healthy Butcher
                565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                Rowe Farms
                912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                1. FoodieGirl29 Apr 23, 2010 08:14 PM

                  My vote is Pusateri's or Whole Foods. The WF ones are gigantic!!! I actually take one and split them in half to get two servings out of them. Each one will run you around $5 or so. Pusateri's, I got them fresh in a pack of 4 for maybe $10??? St. Lawrence Market is also very good fresh with probably the best price.

                  I have also sworn off frozen patties or choose to make my own. It's pretty easy and then I get to see what's going in it. It's not full of preservatives or anything either.

                  Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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                  Pusateri's
                  1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                  St. Lawrence Market
                  92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                  1. re: FoodieGirl29
                    dannyboy Apr 24, 2010 03:28 PM

                    I've had those Pusateri burgers you mentioned - you do have to be careful though, the few times i have had them they're so massive the juice pools and can squirt and take out an eyeball and ruin a clean shirt...but i do admit they're quite good.
                    But my vote goes for Gasparro's on Bloor/Ossington...they're homemade and the best i've had.

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                    Pusateri's
                    1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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                    Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 24, 2010 05:17 PM

                    I actually like the frozen (dare I say the f word?) 1/3lb burgers from costco. They are great & whenever I serve them to company, I get great reviews.

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