Pretty soon—like, this weekend — you're going to fire up that grill and throw on a burger or four. So let's talk ground beef. Yes, it's basically just ground meat and fat, and it's uber-popular and versatile see also: chili, meatloaf, tacos.
Some forums can only be seen by registered members. With grilling coming in season, I love experimenting with different ground cuts for burgers. My two faves so far are ground beef brisket or boneless short ribs.
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When you look around the beef section of the grocery store, you might be overwhelmed at the sight of so many different cuts. These cuts are divided into subprimal cuts and then finally into retail cuts, which you find in the grocery store. There are specific characteristics, uses and recommended cooking methods for each cut.
At some point, anyone who cooks beef is curious about where the major cuts come from on the cow. You'll also discover which cuts are considered the best and the most reliable ways to cook each one. Beef is divided into large sections called primal cuts, which you can see in our beef cuts chart.
A round steak is a beef steak from the "round", the rear leg of the cow. The round is divided into cuts including the eye of round, bottom round, and top round, with or without the "round" bone femurand may include the knuckle sirloin tipdepending on how the round is separated from the loin. This is a lean cut and it is moderately tough.
You might think red meat is off-limits if you're concerned about your health or trying to watch your weight, but leaner cuts of beef can be part of a healthy diet in moderation. While the tastiest cuts of beef are often ones with more fat, you won't necessarily have to sacrifice flavor when choosing lean cuts of beef. Use this guide on cuts of beef to make smart choices.
Let's face it: Meat is expensive. It's probably the priciest thing on your grocery list -- especially beef. But there are two main tricks to making it affordable: Buy cheap cuts, and stretch them as far as you can. Recipe included with this story: Classic Meatloaf The cheapest beef especially when you buy it in big bulk packages is usually ground.