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Jan 14, 2011 10:38 PM

Trader Joe's Frozen Wagyu Beef Hamburgers

Just saw this in the frozen section today, I'm currently thawing them in the fridge.
Contents:2-1/2 lb frozen American raised Wagyu beef hamburgers.
Price: $5.99
Dept: Frozen
Curious to know if anyone else has tried. Will post update after I pan sear these puppies.

Trader Joe's
1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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    1. I bought them a few days ago and grilled them tonight. As I am in San Diego, I grill all the time, lots of hamburgers. My typical hamburgers are 1/4-1/2 lbs made from 85/15 (Costco Organic) or 80/20 (Trader Joe's). I just season with salt and pepper.
      Upon grilling you immediately notice the much higher propensity to flame up, similar to a 70/30 ground beef, but even moreso. Which means there is very high fat content which you should expect. Hamburgers shrunk quite a bit than my typical, I usually cook to medium, not surprising though.
      The consistency is much smoother than my typical hamburgers and the taste seemed even milder which was surprising. But I don't know if it was due to being frozen as I prepare hamburgers with meat I just purchased. At $6.00/lb though it's a lot higher than Costco ($4.30) or non-organic TJs ($2-3) so I don't think that it really justifies the higher cost. I will try one more time but this time cooking on a cast iron skillet over high heat. Let me know how yours turned out.

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      1. re: gb3934

        Forgot about this thread, sorry. Well I was a little disappointed. The first burger I cooked was medium to medium rare, and the center just seemed too mushy, just didn't feel right. This must be because of the tender nature of wagyu, but it just doesn't seem to be suited for hamburgers. The 2nd burger I cooked was well done and that was better, but nothing all that special. More flavorful than average ground beef, but not by a lot. For $5.99/lb, you're better off buying Trader Joe's organic which has more flavor and is easier to justify for the price in my opinion. Personally, I'm going to stick to going to a full service butcher, picking out a chuck roast, and ask it to be ground and I can usually keep it to under $3/lb and I know I'm reducing my risk of e coli infection when I cook it to medium.

        Trader Joe's
        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476