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Aug 10, 2011 05:19 PM

Converting steaks to hamburgers? Doable?

I'm new to meat, so please bear with me.

I am not a huge fan of steak, but have a short rib and beef flap meat from my local CSA. I love hamburgers, and was wondering if they could be ground in a blender (?!) to make hamburger patties? We don't have a meat grinder, so the blender is the only option.

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  1. no I don't think it will work in the blender due to the the shape of the container and the small amount that would reach the blades.

    You could do it in a food processor but I'd start with uniform cubes of meat. I've never done it in the food processor myself, as I have a meat grinder.

    1. A blender would be a meatshake.

      Short rib is a nice addition to the patty mix as it adds a slightly different taste and texture to the patties.

      If you have some good knife skills and a bowl with ice, you can fine-mince by hand , whch you allow you to trim some of the less desirable portions of the short rib away from the eventual patties.

      If you don't have great knife skills but have access to a food processor, cut into cubes like rasputina suggested and pulse until you get a ground product. You do NOT want a paste.

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      1. re: wattacetti

        Thanks, guys. I will follow your advice.

        1. re: wattacetti

          bowl of ice? or par-freeze for maybe 30 or 40 minutes before cutting? when I want a fine mince of beef I do that. about the only way to get carpaccio thin slices IME.

          1. re: hill food

            it's to keep the minced meat cold while you're chopping away at the rest of it.

            Guess I should have written bowl on ice.

          2. re: wattacetti

            Addition? Pure short rib burgers are awesome! :)

            1. re: jgg13

              jgg13, next time, I'll try it without the added ingredients. :)

          3. Thanks, everybody. The patties came out pretty good -- I added egg, parsley, garlic and dill to the fp. Next time I'll chop them into even smaller pieces.

            1. Alton Brown talks about chopping steak into hamburger with a food processor in this recipe:

              1. Forget blender, won't work. However, I once watched a Chinese neighbor march-chop a piece of steak into hamburger. It can be done. Just get a sharp knife and a cutting board, wham on down the line, then shift the meat around and do it again and again until, voila, hamburger.

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                1. re: Querencia

                  Thanks for the link. As it turns out, we do have a food processor! My husband knows what kitchen tools we have, not me. I doubt I have the knife skills to chop steak into hamburger. But it is a source of inspiration! I have another beef flap steak left, and I'm going to convert that one, today.

                  1. re: Aucoin

                    Here's a youtube of the above mention Alton episode by eclecticsynergy. The home grinding part starts at about the 5:15 min mark.
                    Even if you don't watch it, I'd be careful about overloading the food processor - I learned the hard way, and ended up with a FP that had to be repaired.

                    EDIT: I would put 1/2 inch cubes in the freezer for about 30 minutes to stiffen them up before chopping in the FP.