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Rethinking the Burger

Tom from Raleigh Nov 14, 2010 05:39 PM

Is a tasty off the wall "burger" possible? I'm thinking beef heart for lean, pork belly for fat, and I'm not sure what else...maybe brisket or another off cut. I believe I need three meats to fill out the profile. Heart can be minerally and belly is of course rather fatty. I'm not sure what I'd do with this, I just want to create something interesting that's unique...

There are no limits as to type of protein. It could even be a non-meat...

Anyone up for a creative challenge?

  1. mamachef Nov 14, 2010 06:14 PM

    With the profile you've indicated, I'd go with calves' liver for the lean, another third fairly fatty ground lamb, and the final third beef cheeks.

    1. ipsedixit Nov 14, 2010 07:13 PM

      That's not a burger.

      It's a meatloaf. Which is fine, but just don't call it a burger.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        ursy_ten Nov 15, 2010 03:46 AM

        If you make it into a pattie and put it in a bun, won't that make it a burger?

        1. re: ursy_ten
          mamachef Nov 15, 2010 04:53 AM

          Those were my thoughts. I was under the impression that meatloaf contained, at the minimum, a starch binder and some egg. What I described was a ground-meat blend that could be transformed into a burger. Or a meatloaf. But in it's raw, unadulterated state, it's not meatloaf, by definition. But opinions are like meatloaves....everyone's got a recipe!!

          1. re: ursy_ten
            Tom from Raleigh Nov 15, 2010 07:01 AM

            As far as I'm concerned, if you grind it and form it into a patty, it's a burger. If you grind meat and form it into a loaf shape then it's meat loaf, unless you decide to make a pate out of it...

        2. ursy_ten Nov 15, 2010 01:04 PM

          I've never tried beef heart - that would be interesting! Masterchef Australia had a burger challenge, one of the contestants came up with a duck and pork burger that the judges raved about - I tried to find more info on it but the site is now following their current season, which is junior masterchef.

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