Build the Best Burgers: A Guide to the Best Meat for Burger Patties

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The best burgers are 100% made in the kitchen and not at a restaurant.

No, I’m not saying you have to get fancy. Most restaurants have their own special mix of ingredients or seasonings. My point is that a burger doesn’t need anything extra. It certainly doesn’t need to be cooked on a grill or a barbeque.

As long as you have a decent meat, you’re one step ahead of the game. What meat is the best for burger patties? I’ll tell you in the following section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What meat makes the best burgers?

When it comes to buying beef for hamburgers, you would normally opt for ground beef. Ground beef is already pre-ground up by passing the meat through a grinder. This is a far more economical choice for making hamburger patties as it reduces the amount of work you have to do so there’s also a reduction on the cost.

A good rule of thumb is one pound of ground beef will yield four patties. But for the best tasting burgers, always choose fresh mincemeat. Once they’re frozen, they don’t hold the same taste and they require more work and a lot of advice on how to cook the best hamburger.

When you choose your meat and make your hamburger meat patties, also make sure you choose the best beef cuts for your burgers.

How do you make the perfect hamburger patty?

What fat percentage is best for burgers?

This is actually an important question to ask. Since the average US consumption of fat is now up to 35%, you’ll want to keep your burger patties below this amount.

Also, there are three types of fat that could be used in burger making:

Saturated fat- which comes from animals and is solid at room temperature. Red meat, pork, ham, poultry, and egg yolks have the most saturated fat.

Unsaturated fat- which comes from plants such as olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, and safflower oil.

Trans fat- which comes from partially hydrogenating oils made from vegetable oil. You’ll find trans fat in cookies, crackers, and other frozen foods. It’s also found in pastries, French fries, and other processed foods.

What is the best mince to use for burgers?

In order to make the best burgers you need to start with the best ingredients. If the mince to make the patties is dry and old or too lean, the texture won’t be ideal. Therefore, use the best quality mince to make the patties. It’s worth investing in a chunk of meat from your local butcher or the supermarket as this will ensure better quality of meat.


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With so many different options, how do you choose the best meat for your burgers? Here is the selection criteria that we used in our methodical approach to find the best meat for making burger patties. We’ll walk you through our analysis and tell you what our results were for each of our winners.

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