ahhh genealogy, now that's something I can sink my teeth into. Yes, indeed, Zaring, spelled Zehrung in the old country, is German. But my ancestors arrived on this continent between 300 and 400 years ago. So I lost any ethnicity around the beginning of the 1800's. My Zarings arrived in the late 1600's in Pennslyvania, then to Kentucky and Indiana by the late 1700's and then to Iowa by 1850, where my father was born. I knew none of my Zaring ancestors. I have had genealogical DNA testing completed and found I am 94% western European, mostly British Isles, and 6% Middle Eastern, including Bedouin and Bedouin South. So my goat herding comes naturally
Anyway I know nothing about German cooking, I would consult a French cookbook for seasoning of raw ground beef.