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Apr 23, 2010 02:41 PM

best pre-made burger to cook at home

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

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  1. 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. 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.

      1. 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

          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.

          1636 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

          1. re: pbelanger

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

          2. 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.


            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

              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

                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

                  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.

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

                  1. re: BamiaWruz

                    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.

              2. 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.

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

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