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Earlier in the week, I grilled burgers to last me through several meals. The idea was to have something ready-made and easy with which to create some quick meals.

The burgers weren't your basic hamburgers. I got 97% lean ultra-beef, ground chicken breast and ground turkey breast, and mixed them all together with spices. What I ended up with was pretty low-fat, which actually makes grilling more difficult. And the flavor wasn't really what I was looking for, but I think it would make for excellent meat loaf. I ended up using most of the burgers as additives to various food dishes rather than as straight burgers. Worked really well in soup/stew.

I think the fat content and texture could easily be made up with some canola or olive oil, probably a teaspoon per pound at the most. I don't know if it would work well for grilling: the chicken has a lot of moisture and not good cohesion. A better mix would be 50/50 ultra-lean ground beef and ground turkey breast.

I do pay a premium for the ultra-lean beef. At the same time, I'm eating less. Net result is savings. And a little teriyaki mixed in provides some seriously good flavor.

I've also rediscovered oatmeal as a filler. Most recently in chicken soup.


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Aug. 11th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
You might want to mix in some breadcrumbs, or a soak a slice of bread in milk and then add that to the mixture.
Aug. 11th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
I wonder if ground pork (usually really lean) would be a good additive. I make meatballs with ground beef and pork at a 2:1 ratio, and it's pretty damn tasty.
Aug. 11th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit porked out from my time in the Gulag, but it sounds like it would be worth a shot.

Though I don't remember seeing any lean ground pork lately.
Aug. 11th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
I ended up with a package of specifically marked lean ground pork last time I got some at Rainbow. I bought it without looking at it closely. It was okay, but I usually go to the meat counter at Whole Foods when I buy ground beef and pork, and they're both juicy without being greasy.
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