"Healthy/safe" beef/burger for pregnant lady?
I know that there are tons of burger discussions on this board, but I thought I'd try a new question. My husband and I have been vegetarian (sometimes fish) for the last two years. I'm about five months pregnant, and have been craving red meat. Food poisoning is extra risky for pregnant ladies, so I'd love to find beef (a burger would be great) that's locally sourced, organic, or somehow just a little healthier and safer than your usual fare. Any suggestions?
I believe Trio at the Four Seasons grinds their own hamburgers. I understand that this would reduce the risk of food poisoning. In addition to tasting amazing..
As far as locally sourced, I have no suggestions at all.
Terra Burger serves organic meat, but I haven't eaten there.
2522 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX
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Elevation Burger advertises "100% USDA certified organic, 100% grass fed, 100% free range beef... ground on premise." The burger is fine, juicy and tasty, and Elevation offers some random toppings like Balsamic mustard, hot pepper relish and caramelized onions, but I personally didn't think the actual burger was any better than what you can get at Mighty Fine. Mighty Fine also advertises "all natural, hormone free beef grown on small ranches," and they grind the meat on premise too. Mighty Fine is slightly cheaper than Elevation as well.
Personally, my favorite burger in Austin is at Black Sheep Lodge. I don't know the origins of their meat, but they use good mixed greens (not Iceberg or Romaine lettuce) and high quality buns, plus interesting condiments made on site (curry ketchup, jalapeno aioli, chipotle mayo, beer enhanced mustard).
Locally sourced/organic is just as prone, if not MORE prone, to contamination as the big, medium, or mom and pop places. Tell your husband to go buy one very large steak at CM, grind it up, and make you a hamburger. That's the safest. Organic, locally- sourced, doesn't mean anything. You're just as likely to get food poisoning from your vegetables as you are from meat (even moreso lately).
Meat is not bad. I wish people would stop implying that.
Think your bigger worry isn't the beef but the cooking. And if you have to have a well-done burger, maybe Five Guys? I'm not a huge chain fan but they cook all their burgers well-done, but use a fatty enough beef that they're still reasonably juicy.
Black Sheep is great, I'm sure they'd cook to order.
I have to say, I was skeptical about Hopdoddy (thought it was another S Dallas trendoid hangout) but they totally won us over - excellent burgers and I think they also cook to order. Depending on when you go there can be a long line.
Two-parter... 1. I've never known anybody in town in the nearly five years I've lived here who's gotten food poisoning from a burger. Of course I'm sure there are some people out there who have different stories, but I think you'd be much more likely to get something nasty from a shady taco truck (one friend of mine was hospitalized from eating pork at the taco truck in front of the Grackle).
2. I'd whole heartedly agree with the above post... Bartlett's burgers are insanely good, and might be my favorite in town. Just maybe.
Ok, actually three-parter: are you worried about your body reacting to meat after such a long time, though? Might be something to ask your doctor... I know a lot of veggies who have gotten sick after eating meat for the first time after a long stint of going without, regardless of freshness. Would probably be worth asking a pro how your body might react to the enzymes.