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Thread: Anyone grind their own hamburger?

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    Senior Member brainsausage's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    Portland, Maine
    Quote Originally Posted by mhlee View Post
    Yes. I didn't like the consistency going from a large grind and then to a fine grind. I found the meat to be too fine. Two passes through a large grind was ok. One pass through the fine grind die was the best as far as texture and mouthfeel.

    I actually clean my meat very well for the most part. I take off all sinew. The fat can actually clog the grinder and meat actually gets stuck in the back. I'll try cutting the meat into strips next time.
    Give it a try, I think you'll notice a difference in both the grind and mouth feel. Btw- when was the last time you had your blade(s) sharpened and your dies surfaced? I do all my grinding through a commercial grade grinder, and have multiple blades/dies, but I definitely notice more propensity for smear when my kit is worn down. Luckily we have a service that deals with that for us. Hope this all helps

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    Mar 2011
    For years I've been using a grinder from Cabella's with plastic innards that tend to break. Pretty soon I'm going to buy one of these:

    I have a KitchenAid and while everyone likes the grinding attachment I like the idea of extra power.

    My burgers are usually 50/50 chuck and sirloin with short ribs thrown in once in a while. I freeze bacon fat and fat trimmed from good steaks to add in. Always put the grinder parts in the freezer for 30-60 minutes and cut the partially frozen meat into strips. A single pass through the larger holes are fine for me but I'll try a second grind through the smaller ones.

    I've made burgers topped with foie gras, exotic mushrooms and a fancy cheese on brioche that were PFG. That said, ground meat is about good fat content and a great basic burger is a thing of beauty.

    "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." —Mark Twain

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    Senior Member DwarvenChef's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    75% beef, chuck, round, what ever is on sale :P and 25% lamb. I grind once on the largest die, regrind on the smallest die. I used my KA for a while but find it's not so good on ammounts over 1 pound, it heats up to fast. I've been using a hand crank from my grandmother that fits in the freezer

    The kitchen aid works wonders when doing small batches that will be mixed in, bacon, some veg, and what not

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    Senior Member Candlejack's Avatar
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    Stockholm, Sweden
    At AG we use shortrib, chuck blade, side of beef and brisket (might not be completely correct, due to swedish vs american ways to butcher, but i think this is correctly translated, everything has been well hanged) and then we add molten fat from the pieces that has been trimmed off, to get more of that nutty, hanged meat flavour

    We use a mix of courseness depending on the cuts.

    Atleast that was what we did when i was there.

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    May 2012
    Best mix I ever did was 50% Chuck, 25% Sirloin, 25% Oxtail. Cleaning the meat off the oxtails was a pain in the butt though. I usually just use short rib now. You won't get bad results using 100% chuck though.

    The Kitchen Aid is great for grinding, not so good for stuffing sausages. If you're going to do much of that I'd pick up a LEM 5lb capacity hand crank stuffer (or any one with metal gears not plastic).

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    Senior Member Duckfat's Avatar
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    Mar 2012
    The Motor City
    I just bought a LEM grinder and the thing is a beast. My KA served me well for years and processed a lot of venison but the LEM is soooooo much easier to work with and no schmearing. So far I'm doing 50/50 brisket and top sirloin. I'd really like to try grinding some tongue in the mix.


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    Jul 2012
    Ghent, NY
    I have one of those Kitchener grinders and it does a really good job. I use the medium die - it makes a better feeling grind. I grind for meat balls, meat loaf, burgers, chili, etc. It ground 6 lbs of venison and didn't complain once. I remove as much of the sinew as I can when processing whole cuts like this hind quarter and that helps. I used 1-1/2 lbs of pork sausage for fat. Hard to beat this grinder for the price. I want to make some sausage with it next.

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    Apr 2011
    I get some good dry aged brisket and dry aged fat as well. But you mincer has to be really cold. 70:30 meat to fat ratio although 65:35 works too.

    Mince it twice, both through the medium die.

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