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Jan 18, 2013 07:02 PM

Who's tried horseburgers?

Are they really any different than horse-free burgers?

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  1. The French have eaten horse meat for years. Unfortunately, some people, who ate the 'burgers' recently sold in the UK, got sick, but that's another story.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      but the sickness has nothing to do with the actual meat....

      Horsemeat has a very distinctive flavor -- and seems to be a love-it or hate-it -- nobody is "meh" about it. (I'm in the latter)

      1. re: sunshine842

        I didn't mean to imply that the sickness had anything to do with it being horsemeat. No one really reported what made the people sick.. not that I know of. It could have been they had a virus.

        1. re: zuriga1

          England has had a horrible epidemic of norovirus (intestinal) this winter...after a while it gets hard to separate what actually caused what!

    2. I've eaten horse meat burgers and roasts/steaks etc while living in France. If you like a more 'gamey' flavor. which I do having been raised eating pretty well anything wild that moved, then you'd probably like horse. It's excellent braised with lots of onions and tomatoes and fresh herbs.

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      1. re: Puffin3

        I'll be first in line for chevreuil, pheasant, lapin, biche, cerf, and sanglier. My dad hunted when I was a kid, so I grew up on venison.

        But I'll stick to salads if it's horse. Doesn't taste like game *at all* to me.

      2. I had a couple of bites of someone's in Slovenia. I felt "meh" about it. I wasn't inspired to order it.

        1. I've definitely eaten horse burger and horse steak - sold even in supermarkets here in Qu├ębec. I'm not particularly fond of it though; find it oddly sweet. Moreover, I'm concerned that a lot of horse burger uses horsemeat from animals that were treated with antibiotics and other drugs, without the safeguards required for livestock raised for meat.

          I much prefer bison as a source of lean red meat. I don't eat much red meat, but if I do, it is likely to be a bison burger or small steak.

          1. To me, your question is, does horse taste different than beef? The answer is yes.

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            1. re: carolinadawg

              Actually, I posted this on the UK board.