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Who else prefers to eat ground beef (hamburger) vs. steak?

I've felt this way ever since I was a kid. I love eating ground beef, whether hamburgers, meatloaf, or spaghetti sauce, but I dislike eating steak of any kind. Both are beef, but I enjoy eating ground beef more because I like the texture and flavor better. Maybe it's because the fibres are already broken up in the grinding process so I don't have to do as much work chewing.

In any case, I've always felt my preference for ground beef might be unusual because steak is considered to be somehow superior to hamburger.

Does anyone else feel like I do?

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  1. My husband agrees with you, he doesn't like to chew either but I think it has a lot to do with the bad condition of his teeth since before I met him. Only will eat steak if it melts in his mouth.

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    1. re: coll

      I'm not a big fan of plain steak, I like it if it has a lot of flavor added to it. Carne asade, pepper beef, kung pow beef, etc.

      1. re: SteveRB

        that's me too! plus I like lean beef.

    2. Steak is too chewy, especially grass-fed steak. And it's always in the back of my mind when eating steak that I might choke on it. Don't have this issue with hamburger. Besides, you can do more things with ground than steak. And the challenge of making the 'perfect' hamburger can be a lifelong pursuit.

      1. I like a good grilled steak, but I have been living in a hotel suite away from home for more than 3 months, and grilling is not an option. My pan fried burgers, always with blue or swiss cheese, and either carmelized onions or sauteed mushrooms, are quite satisfactory. And it's not difficult to walk past the beef tenderloin at $24.95 /pound.

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        1. re: Veggo

          Hi, Veggo:

          I like a good grilled steak, too. And I like hamburger a lot, too. My dad had a packing plant and a custom slaughter operation, and I still raise my own beef. I've eaten Kobe, special Angus crosses, pretty much all the breeds and crosses, grain-only, grass-finished, grass-only, alfalfa-only, every grade, cut and grind. This is a very close call for me, kind of a trick, trick question.

          If we're talking about what you can buy in a market, steak wins pretty much every time with me. REALLY good burger is hard to come by. And prime beef doesn't equate with the best ground. But I have to say, honestly, I've had some burger in restaurant and ranch settings that was *heavenly*. If it boils down to my "best-evers", steak v. burger, I'll take the... burger.

          The OP made me choose, sorry.

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

          PS: You ever try grinding your Rocquefort into the burger?

        2. I do! Even my husband has come to feel the same way.

          1. I like both depending on my mood. If I want hamburger, I'll eat hamburger. If I want a steak, I'll have a steak. Apples and oranges.