If you will eat unground beef–steaks etc.–then there is a straightforward solution: Grind your own beef. That’s what I have bee doing. I can usually find some kind of decent looking unground beef on sale at the market. I trim it carefully and I grind it myself. I use either an electric grinder (I bought mine from Wal-Mart.com, around $80) or an attachment for a KitchenAid mixer, but there are inexpensive hand grinders that work fine also. Generally, I buy and grind up 2 or 3 pounds at a time–usually when I need a pound or two for a recipe, then I freeze the extra. The hardest part of all this is just cleaning the grinder, which has to be taken apart and cleaned meticulously, but it’s worth it. Not only is it safer, but you’d be amazed how much better freshly ground STEAK tastes.
PS–When it comes to hot dogs, I’ve never gone for the "all beef" ones. I just prefer regular dogs which, these days, are made from pork, turkey and chicken.
What kind of steak do you recommend for grinding? (not that I’m going to go out and buy a grinder – I’ve got enough cleaning up to do already with two boys under the age of five) I’m just curious.