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Old 09-12-2012, 11:33 PM   #11
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They are more dense and I won''t buy them. I like meat that breathes I don't want to have to poke it to get the texture I want.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:34 AM   #12
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I'm asking about the difference in texture and density of machine made pattys and hand formed pattys.

I do not like pre-formed hamburger patties. They are just too tough.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:37 AM   #13
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I know they sell a "quick cook" Pattie in the food service industry. The grain of the meat is runs through the Pattie so the heat travels through it quicker and easier when it cooks. They fill large tubes with the ground beef so the grain runs through lengthways. Then, they freeze it and slice the patties on a band saw. There is one they call a natural look, or bear paw. Every one looks exactly the same. I also think they ground the meat so fine it is almost a paste when it comes out. So, the fat is so incorporated in the meat that it binds and firms up like that when cooked. Not sure if they use some similar process for fresh patties.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #14
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I've never been a fan of pre-formed patties. I agree that they are more dense or tighter textured. I doubt that they are formed from regular ground beef, but have their own process.
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I've never been a fan of pre-formed patties. I agree that they are more dense or tighter textured. I doubt that they are formed from regular ground beef, but have their own process.
I'm not a fan of the pre-formed patties for making burgers. The ones at Costco, at least at my local, Canadian Costco, look like they are made of the same ground beef as the stuff in the big lump. They are not perfectly regular. There are no added ingredients. I think they make them into those patties at the store. They make wrapping 1/2 pound chunks for the freezer easier. They work fine for meatloaf, meatballs, etc.
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I've never bought pre-made patties, but just the way everyone is describing it makes it sound similar to the burgers one gets at fast food places, which are less like meat and more like press board.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:38 AM   #17
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I guess I was surprised by this difference because I have never bought these pattys before so wasn't aware of the difference.

Live and learn. Back to making my own - after I polish off 8 more pre-formed pattys.
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I guess I was surprised by this difference because I have never bought these pattys before so wasn't aware of the difference.

Live and learn. Back to making my own - after I polish off 8 more pre-formed pattys.
If you grill those patties, and then break them up, they are great in home made chili, and soups, where the simmering liquid tenderizes and loosens them up a bit. Plus, the flame grilled flavor adds greatly to good chili.

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Old 09-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #19
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If you grill those patties, and then break them up, they are great in home made chili, and soups, where the simmering liquid tenderizes and loosens them up a bit. Plus, the flame grilled flavor adds greatly to good chili.

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Thanks for the tip, Chief. I was thinking about chili the other day. I usually use cubed boneless chuck for my red.

I'm thinking I'll break up the pre-formed pattys and re-form them loosely for grilling.
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I don't like the Costco patties for just the reason you mention Andy. Its like all they've been compressed like a zip file. I DO buy preformed patties, but I buy either the bison burgers or the Angus burgers at Save On foods. Very juicy, tasty and tender and the price definitely reflects the quality. No comparison at all to the Costco burgers.

I generally buy burgers when we're having a large group of people over and I sure as heck don't want to make all those burgers by hand! I'm lazy like that.
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