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post #1 of 9
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Hi All

 

I'm running some trials in the week to come and needed some advise about seasonings to add to Ground Beef in order to make Patties.

 

I know most of us are purists and don't advise any mix-ins except when the patty hits the grill - then we season it. I'm just experimenting to learn the difference.

 

I'm thinking of adding just msg to the Ground Beef as a start to Kick Up the Umami - when would you suggest I add it - before Grinding the beef or after it's ground?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 9

I'd do it after.   BUT instead of msg consider putting shiitake mushrooms into a spice grinder to make mushroom powder.  That ups your umami and you don't add salt as with msg powder.  Then your cooks can season the outside of the burger as normal, the salt on the outside helps dry it out and helps with browning and forming crust.

post #3 of 9

A good friend of mine runs a steakhouse and he puts apples in his burgers for that little extra hit. Myself personally when I make burgers I use a blend of ground chuck and brisket.

post #4 of 9

Nothing added to the burger but makes me wonder if a teaspoon of Better than Bullion beef base mixed int the burger would kick the flavor up. Then a little less salt on the outside...

post #5 of 9

If the goal is to make the beef taste beefier, you could try grinding some beef jerky into a powder and adding that to the ground meat. 

 

I personally don't like the idea to "kick up" the flavor of a beef burger (other than sourcing more flavorful beef), this is just an idea - that I would personally never try. 

post #6 of 9
This is why sometimes it is perilous going out to eat. Cooks put stuff in your food you would never do at home. Please, if you put msg in your food you must list it on the menu and somehow "Burger seasoned with msg" doesn't sound appetizing to a diner does it?

Buy better meat or leave the meat as it is. Or add spices and herbs to it. At a local restaurant that specializes in sausages here they sell a sausage burger. At another local Greek restaurant they sell a lamb burger topped with kasseri cheese. There are so many ways to make a good tasting burger. At the end of the day what people appreciate above all is a fresh product.

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post #7 of 9

I've toyed with something I called Basic Beef Oomph. Haven't played with it in years though. I guess it was a phase in my cooking development. 

 

It was based in dried powdered mushrooms, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, seasoned with some onion powder and garlic powder. As I recall. There might have been some other things. 

 

Better technique and understanding replaced my interest in that effort. Still some seasoning tricks I use now and then to correct something that's not quite achieving my aims. 

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post #8 of 9

first off, i would not use MSG.  enough people think they are allergic and will get sick if they ingest MSG that it is not worth the trouble.  yes i fall into purist category.  blend ground round, chuck and sirloin with a little crushed pepper, cook quickly over a red oak fire(the smoke seems to take care of need for salt), serve on toasted bun with fresh tomato. nothing more, nothing less.  I cringe when i see ads on TV where a poor piece of ground beef is covered with multiple layers of fruit and veg.  with that many layers of "Seasoning Tricks", you could serve 75% beef/25%soy protein and folks will come back for seconds.  the US Navy has been doing it for a Loooong time.

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post #9 of 9

I am not a purist at all when it comes to burgers and sausages.

I like spices and I don't particularly like sauces.

My burgers contain onion, garlic, chili and soy, and a little egg and breadcrumbs.

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