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Jul 1, 2010 01:07 PM

Need to Make Killer Burgers At BBQ This Weekend

I need to make some great burgers this weekend and would appreciate any suggestions on where to get the best meat and buns for such an endeavor. Westside preferred. Thanks!

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  1. Whatever you do, avoid "lean" ground beef. You want the kind with at least 20% fat, 25% is even better, because that's where flavor, juice, and tenderness lurk. If you can't find a store that will grind to order, be sure to get meat that was ground that day. Of course, nothing beats doing it yourself, if you have the equipment (e.g., a standing mixer with grinder attachment).

    1. If you believe this LA Times story on Nancy Silverton's burger, the place to buy your ground meat is Huntington Meats at the LA Farmers' Market. Personally, I haven't tried it, but it might be worth the schlep to Fairfax & 3rd.


      Huntington Meats
      6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: Professor Salt

        I think Huntington will handle all your needs. That is a great blend and not crazy expensive! McCalls is good also but very pricey!

      2. Places like Vicente Foods in Brentwood have the type of meat departments which will not only consult with you on choices of beef, but will grind it for you to your desired coarseness after.

        Vicente Foods
        12027 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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        1. re: Servorg

          Dan, the meat manager will grind anything. This is the best and friendliest meat department one could possibly find. Everything is top quality. P.S. If you are feeling a bit lazy, look for their homemade enchiladas. These are prepared 2-3 times a week (chicken or beef) by one of the butcher/cooks. The directions say to Microwave. Don't.
          Bake for about 25 minutes.

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