Grind Your Own Hamburger

Once again I was inspired by an episode of Alton Brown’s Good Eats. This time the episode was called A Grind is a Terrible Thing to Waste and it was about grinding your own hamburger. Since it is now springtime in the United States, I wanted to try it. Best of all you don’t need a grinder, just a food processor.

You use sirloin for tenderness and chuck for the fat content. The burgers come out lean and tasty. They weren’t cheap at $5.00 a pound but they were worth it.

8 ozs. (230 g.) beef chuck
8 ozs. (230 g.) beef sirloin
½ tsp. salt

1) Put the metal blade into the food processor.
2) Trim off the excess outer fat and cut the chuck into 1 inch cubes and process using he metal blade by pulsing 10 times for 1 second each. Remove from work bowl and put on work surface.
3) Repeat step 2 using the sirloin.
4) Gently mix the two meats together with the salt.
5) Divide into four equal portions and gently form each portion into a ball.
6) Carefully flatten each ball into a disk. Make sure you don’t overwork the meat.
7) Grill over a very hot grill 5 minutes on each side (for medium rare).


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