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Old 09-14-2012, 11:03 AM   #31
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Do you think it could have anything to do with the dreaded "Pink Slime"?

Costco is one of the outlets that swore off pink slime some time ago. I think it's just a matter of the patty making machine compresses the ground beef during the process of feeding the extruder. Not sure if the grind is the same. I'll have to check next time I defrost one.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:12 AM   #32
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Costco is one of the outlets that swore off pink slime some time ago. I think it's just a matter of the patty making machine compresses the ground beef during the process of feeding the extruder. Not sure if the grind is the same. I'll have to check next time I defrost one.
Next time you cook them do an experiment cook one thawed and one frozen.

To me starting with a frozen or partially frozen burger gives a better result than a thawed burger.

I have noticed on the label for some of the preformed frozen burgers that they are 100% beef but they contain hearts and other parts that we do not normally think of when we think of ground beef.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:15 AM   #33
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Next time you cook them do an experiment cook one thawed and one frozen.

To me starting with a frozen or partially frozen burger gives a better result than a thawed burger.

I have noticed on the label for some of the preformed frozen burgers that they are 100% beef but they contain hearts and other parts that we do not normally think of when we think of ground beef.
These patties were not frozen when I bought them. I froze then at home.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:28 AM   #34
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I have purchased pre-made patties before in fresh and frozen form. They always seemed to be "tough" to me also.

I tried what Bea suggested by cooking them frozen .. it did make them not so dry but still tough. I've fried them, broiled them, sauteed them, grilled them .. same result. So I just don't get them anymore.
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Back in the day (way back), I remember ordering fast food burgers and the patties were perfect squares...that's just all wrong
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Back in the day (way back), I remember ordering fast food burgers and the patties were perfect squares...that's just all wrong
Wendy's uses square patties, but from every source I have heard it from, they do not use frozen patties.

I know this is going to sound weird, but while I love a good "real" burger, once in awhile when I just want something quick, I kind of like the (all beef) preformed patties. I know they won't taste like a quality burger, but it is ok for a quick lunch, topped with mustard and pickles, etc. I cook them from frozen. It's kind of like Mexican food. There is "real" Mexican food, and there is Taco Bell. I love them both, just in different ways.
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Great analogy, Barbara!

The copycat recipe for Hardee's Mushroom Swiss burgers uses preformed frozen patties, and they work great for that.
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