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

john333 Jul 17, 2011 10:47 AM

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. coll RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 10:50 AM

    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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      SteveRB RE: coll Jul 17, 2011 11:03 AM

      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.

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        Chowrin RE: SteveRB Jul 18, 2011 10:12 AM

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

    2. arktos RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 11:12 AM

      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. Veggo RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 11:24 AM

        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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          kaleokahu RE: Veggo Jul 17, 2011 09:44 PM

          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.


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

        2. bayoucook RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 11:27 AM

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

          1. tommy RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 02:37 PM

            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.

            1. ipsedixit RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 03:36 PM

              Yes ... when I want a hamburger.

              Steakburgers suck.

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                vttp926 RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 03:44 PM

                For red meat, I eat more ground beef then I do steak. Just about the only time I eat steak is when we have Pho, otherwise I rarely eat red meat as a whole.

                1. bagelman01 RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 05:02 PM

                  My left handed daughter..............................

                  She may be 23, but has a hard time with any meat that requires cutting with a steak knife. She will always opt for a burger intead of a steak, wings instead of roast chicken, etc.

                  I also found that my 30 year old cousin is the same way, also left handed. They just don't have confidence in their knife skills and feel self concious at the table if they have to cut.

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                    tommy RE: bagelman01 Jul 17, 2011 05:13 PM

                    Left-handed people have a challenge with using knives?

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                      Veggo RE: tommy Jul 17, 2011 06:57 PM

                      I'm left handed. Knife in the left, fork in the right. No switcheroo. 100% efficient.

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                        mnosyne RE: tommy Jul 18, 2011 11:02 AM

                        I do fine as long as I have plenty of room on my left. Sitting against a wall is torture!

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                          linguafood RE: tommy Jul 19, 2011 03:16 AM

                          Yah. I had to laugh out loud at that. I'm semi-ambidextrous... as in, I (hand)write with my left hand, and also cut my food on the plate with my left hand.

                          That said - I play all sports with my right hand, and I cut / prep foods with the chef's knife in my right. Go figure.

                          Lack of knife skills cuz you're a lefty? bagelman, please.

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                            bagelman01 RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2011 03:25 AM

                            this is not science, just anecdotal about two specific young left handed adults who are self concious about and not comfortable with their knife skills.
                            No comment was made about left handed people as a group.

                            Until both of these unrelated young people were 20 yeras old they would not eat any meat that was on the bone, even finger food such as chicken wings.

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                              linguafood RE: bagelman01 Jul 19, 2011 03:29 AM

                              That's so strange.... I mean, how can you not learn to cut meat until the age of 20, regardless of whether you're left or right handed?

                              Not trying to be argumentative here. Just baffled, is all.

                              ETA - hadn't read the finger food part of your reply. So maybe they just have an issue with meat on bones per se?

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                                bagelman01 RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2011 03:50 PM

                                I used to think bones were the issue, but 23 year old went off to college at 18 eating only boneless wings and by \Thanksgovong break was eating wings with bones.

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                                  linguafood RE: bagelman01 Jul 20, 2011 03:14 AM

                                  That's progress! :-D

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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: bagelman01 Jul 17, 2011 09:58 PM

                          my left-handed mother has no problem with standard steak knives. but they do make knives specifically for southpaws if you want to buy your daughter or cousin a gift....

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                            tracylee RE: bagelman01 Jul 18, 2011 03:19 AM

                            Hmmmm, I'm left-handed, and it never occurred to me that it affected my knife skills.

                            For me, it's a texture thing. I grew up with steak being a marathon of chewing, and my preference these days is ground. If at a pre-set dinner, I'll have a few bites of steak, but it still seems like work. Last family meal with steak, I reheated a burger for myself. The others definitely appreciated having more for them, and gave them a heads-up before they spent money on a steak for me, since we had burgers from the previous night in the fridge.

                          2. viperlush RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 05:38 PM

                            I do. I don't each much beef but when I do it's ground. I use to love steak, but recently I've been having stomach issues with it. So flavor wise I might still prefer steak, but not enough to deal with the discomfort that follows eating it.

                            1. Fowler RE: john333 Jul 17, 2011 06:27 PM

                              I love a good hamburger or meatloaf, but last meal before heading into the gas chamber? I'd rather have a grade prime steak.

                              1. RealMenJulienne RE: john333 Jul 18, 2011 06:01 AM

                                I have this problem, where when I I make a sauce or a chili I have to buy about 50% more than the recipe needs because the extra gets eaten out of the pan with a little salt and pepper.

                                The best steak I ever had and the best burger I ever were about equal in culinary pleasure, so ground beef gets the win just based on price.

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                                  cstr RE: john333 Jul 18, 2011 06:31 AM

                                  For me a good burger or, for that matter, any ground meat dish, is a work of artistic talent. Ground meat and/or ground meat combinations, are a platform for ingredients that can become a flavorful masterpiece. Even the lowly burger can become interesting with the correct proportions of ground meat characteristics, ie. chuck and flank steak combinations. Then meatloaf, meatballs, ground lamb, pork, stuffed peppers and cabbage, have you ever tasted the same flavors at different places, probably not. That's what makes ground meat interesting.

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                                    MysticYoYo RE: john333 Jul 18, 2011 07:24 AM

                                    You can add me to the list of people who prefer a good, juicy burger to a steak. I don't know why. but I just prefer a burger (with my favorite condiments on a good roll) to a steak. Perhaps because I have almost never had a bad burger but most steaks I've eaten (primarily at restaurants) have tasted mediocre.

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                                      joonjoon RE: john333 Jul 18, 2011 09:58 AM

                                      How do you like your steak cooked?

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                                        Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: john333 Jul 18, 2011 10:25 AM

                                        I love a nice, rare ribeye, but it's too easy to take an expensive piece of steak and ruin it by overcooking it, or just get a cheap, rubbery steak that you can chew forever, but nothing happens. Meanwhile, even a mediocre burger can hit the spot, while a really terrific one is a thing of beauty and wonder. I'm much more likely to make burgers at home or order them at restaurants (compared to steaks) due to cost, but also because I appreciate a tasty burger that much more.

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                                          cedarflat RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Jul 19, 2011 05:37 PM

                                          I don't think it's easy to overcook a steak. I'm more apt to undercook (and I like really, really rare). But the meat thermometer takes care ofthat.

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                                          cleobeach RE: john333 Jul 18, 2011 11:17 AM

                                          We buy our beef by the half from a family friend. Buying this way gives us A LOT of ground beef, which has challenged me, in a good way, to learn new ways to use it. Things I never would have choosen to eat I know look forward to cooking, like meatloaf, meatball, lasanga, etc.

                                          I still like a good steak on the grill but I like a hamburger as much.

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                                            chimay5 RE: john333 Jul 18, 2011 01:53 PM

                                            I love steak especially filet but I love hamburger equally as much. My problem with burgers is the quality of the beef. If one buys the meat in those one pound chubs it has an off taste that is disturbing so that's a big no-no for me. If you buy it in clear plastic trays it also can be off since most supermarket ground beef comes from the packing plant which sell only ground beef from old cows, maybe milkers that have dried up or other cows that don't make the cut (no pun intended) grade wise so are cheaply sold to those grinder slaughter houses.

                                            So what to do? We buy from a local butcher shop we frequent and have the butcher grind our beef from a cut of meat such as a chuck or round, needs some fat. It's safe to cook to medium rare if you like and never has had that funny taste or cause us stomach problems.

                                            Are there other ways to get good ground beef?

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                                              arktos RE: chimay5 Jul 18, 2011 03:35 PM

                                              'Are there other ways to get good ground beef?'

                                              This way:

                                              I like to use 2-3 different types of meat (with ratings):

                                              Sirloin steak tips **** (my favorite)
                                              Boneless short ribs **** (2nd favorite)
                                              Beef chuck roast ***
                                              Flank steak ***
                                              Bottom round roast **
                                              Rump roast **

                                              Cut out any silvery material out, then cut meat into 1" cubes, then freeze for 30 minutes till semi-hard. Then pulse them in batches in a food processor ( yes, a food processor) till the meat is coarse and ground. Then, loosely amalgamate the meat together and never press the meat firmly.

                                              And you'll have perfect hamburger!!!

                                            2. BobB RE: john333 Jul 19, 2011 09:22 AM

                                              I enjoy both at home, but more often order a hamburger over a steak when dining out simply because it's hard to find a great steak that is small enough (~8 oz) for me to finish, and I hate wasting good meat. Usually the only option in that size is tenderloin, which is pretty boring.

                                              1. scubadoo97 RE: john333 Jul 19, 2011 09:38 AM

                                                Steak is not my favorite food. Most steaks in the grocery store are too lean. I much prefer cheaper cuts of meat that need braising or smoking to a steak. For the same reason a good juicy burger made at home with fresh ground meat is more enjoyable to most steaks.

                                                1. Beach Chick RE: john333 Jul 19, 2011 09:58 AM

                                                  Haven't had any steak product since the early 70's, due to having a pet steer that was so beloved, I vowed to never eat meat again...well, I haven't had any steak since then but I do crave a good burger once or twice a year..albeit, I prefer a 'garden burger' product.
                                                  I make killer ground beef enchi's and tacos...I jack that ground beef with lots of fresh garlic.
                                                  In my feeble gifted mind, it works.

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                                                    Barbarella RE: Beach Chick Jul 19, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                    me too, lost my taste for steak. I look at a good marbled rib eye in the butchers case, take it home, grill it to rare and ask myself why did I buy that. I would rather have a rare burger with sauteed mushrooms and onions on it. In fact that is what I am doing to do tonight but will let the resto do the cooking...

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                                                    willdupre RE: john333 Jul 19, 2011 03:19 PM

                                                    A good hamburger, medium rare is hard to beat and if I can get it that way I will almost never order steak, its not that I hate steak its that there is so much of it out there that is awful, gristly, tasteless. But the other night I did have a really memorable steak, at Fridays of all places. I am not a devotee of chain restaurants but my date really wanted to go to Fridays and I acquiesced with a bit of quiet grumbling. I was going to order a burger, and than noticed the fine print, all Hamburgers are cooked Medium or Well done, just like a lot of restaurants they are so afraid of the BOH that they insist on overcooking burgers, and I refuse to get a burger that is cooked beyond medium rare, so I decided what the hell and got a steak, it was a Flatiron steak which I have had luck with in the past. and it was so tender and flavorful that I couldn't believe it came from Fridays of all places. if I could get steaks that good on a regular basis I would definitely be a convert to steak but until than I will consider the properly cooked burger to be my ultimate red meat experience.

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                                                      Chi_Guy RE: john333 Jul 20, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                      I am partial to ground beef myself but a lot of that has to do with my South Asian background. Growing up, our meat was always fully cooked. Beef was either ground (kebabs) or cooked low and slow all the way through (stews). We never ate steak medium or medium-rare. To my family, that was basically the same as eating raw meat.

                                                      So while I do enjoy my steak pink from time to time, I still prefer ground beef to the chewy texture of steak.

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