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Where's My Bloody Burger?

Saw a blurb on Dr. Oz about the nasties in cow-harvesting-assemby-line burger meat. The guest expert was ringing a large alarm bell regarding pink-to-red burgers. Burgers that are not "overcooked" are the rage right now.

Now, I am sure that many chowhounders know the names of the cows that they eat. (Exaggeration) Seriously, I sometimes go to a butcher that takes more care about the beef they sell and their burger is yum and I don't cook burgers from them all the way through.

But do you really trust all restaurants to be that careful with their sourcing? Or do you say "medium-rare, please" and hope for the best?

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  1. <But do you really trust all restaurants to be that careful with their sourcing? Or do you say "medium-rare, please" and hope for the best?>

    Short answer: Yes, I just trust them for whatever reasons. It is in my nature I suppose.

    P.S.: I don't order medium rare because it is rage. I did that as young as I remember. Either medium rare or medium.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Same here. I've always been a medium rare burger orderer, and I've never gotten sick from doing it.

      1. re: juliejulez

        Yeah, I have never gotten sick from it. Maybe it is luck. No, it is not because I am super strong or anything, since I have had food poison 3-4 times in my life, but none has to do with hamburger.

    2. I don't care how trendy medium rare is, I think the texture is crap. Well done for me, please.

      1. No, I don't trust them.
        I don't order many burgers from restaurants anyway. Much better at home....made to order ;)

        1. I love a medium rare steak, but I think a medium burger tastes best.

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          1. Eating undercooked ground meat out anywhere is foolish. Why would you take that risk?

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            1. re: Samalicious

              What is the difference between eating a medium rare hamburger and a rare steak??

              1. re: PotatoHouse

                with a steak any pathogens would be on the outside of the meat and get killed by brief cooking. with ground meat the pathogens get introduced into the center where rare or medium rare cooking won't kill them.

                1. re: PotatoHouse

                  eating a rare hamburger is much more dangerous than eating a rare steak because of the increased surface area.

                  eating steak tartare at an upscale restaurant is less risky than eating a medium rare hamburger at a burger place. with steak tartare they will likely have fresh-ground from the muscle right before serving, which is much safer than using prepackaged ground meat.

                2. re: Samalicious

                  Because hamburger cooked more than medium rare (i prefer extra-rare, but can deal w/ med-rare) tastes like cardboard and is not worth the time or the calories.

                  So yeah, I pays my money and i takes my chances. And I am not aware that rare burgers are any more or less trendy now than ever, on the contrary, it seems to me i hear a lot more hand-wringing about the danger these days.

                  i don't worry about shellfish either, although I do attempt to avoid eating in restaurants that I think are likely to poison me, regardless of what kind of food it is.