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Need to Make Killer Burgers At BBQ This Weekend

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Snoopy Jul 1, 2010 01:07 PM

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. hnsbmg RE: Snoopy Jul 1, 2010 01:26 PM

    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. Professor Salt RE: Snoopy Jul 1, 2010 01:41 PM

      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.

      http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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

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        Burger Boy RE: Professor Salt Jul 1, 2010 10:29 PM

        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. Servorg RE: Snoopy Jul 1, 2010 02:17 PM

        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.

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

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          maudies5 RE: Servorg Jul 1, 2010 10:38 PM

          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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          JPomer RE: Snoopy Jul 1, 2010 04:16 PM

          No, call right away McCalls Meat and Fish in Los Feliz and order the house burger blend. It is absolutely the best for burgers in the city, but today is last day they are taking orders for holiday. Hurry!!

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            samtron608 RE: JPomer Jul 2, 2010 07:30 AM

            agreed! McCalls Meat has a great burger..

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