Are You a Burger Lover?
Anyone who knows me, has watched me on Sun News when it was still on air, or has heard me on the radio with Jerry Agar, knows I don’t eat burgers. The stereotypical unhealthy burger does nothing for me. The texture and rubberiness of it just doesn’t interest me. One of the last times I was on Sun News with Jerry Agar, I turned down a burger that the team brought to me, live on air. For some reason, many of the stories that I went on to speak with him about, involved McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King or other fast food joints. Not surprising, come to think of it, as they are known for constantly trying to improve the ‘healthiness’ of their menu items.
Well, fast forward a couple of years, many life changes and an introduction to the importance of vitamin K2 and grass fed beef. It peaked my interest in beef. This movement started years ago, with most hard and fast beef eaters saying that grass fed tastes strong and has a grassy flavour. I can’t speak from personal experience, but one might think that it should taste of grass because that’s what cows eat. Or should eat. These days most cows are fed a mixture of grain and corn. This is not their natural diet, so it has changed much of the health and nutrition of beef today.
The Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef
Grass-fed beef contains more vitamin K2 than conventionally raised beef. Vitamin K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is most important for the role it plays in blood clotting. It also helps build strong bones, and can help prevent heart attacks. Another important reason to eat grass-fed beef: it is almost 3x higher in Omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed cattle. Research suggests Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation in the body and protect against chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis and heart disease. They also appear to be important for proper brain function. Learn more about the benefits of grass-fed beef.
My first try of grass fed beef was a steak from St James Town Steak and Chops. An incredibly tasty marinated piece of beef that I was told was beyond delicious. Being the foodie that I am, I tried it. I was shocked at just how tasty it was and was instantly hooked. I now eat a steak about once a month.
I decided to check out this butcher for myself, to learn the quality of their meat and what else they have on offer. Then I was introduced to their burgers: meat, seasoning, a finer grind and thickness to their burger … people from cottage country drive down to the city to get these for parties and gatherings. I get it now.
Not that I eat them often, but when I do, it’s got to be good, so this one fits the bill. I’ve taken them to friends, been to birthdays where they are served and the resounding feedback is, “these burgers are incredible. Where are they from?”
Other Burger Ideas
I’ve also had also had raving compliments about homemade burgers like this one, because they are packed with veggies and herbs which instantly amps up the flavour. I’ve only ever made burgers with ground turkey or chicken.
Of course for the vegetarians, the Bean Burger recipe in my book is a staple. I still eat them in rotation with beef. It is always good to change up the proteins.
What’s your take on grass fed? Have you joined in or still stuck on typical store bought frozen patties?