I’m now completely sold on grinding my own beef for burgers. They really turned out tender and juicy with excellent flavor, and seasoning the beef ahead of time really made a difference. I’ll probably stick with the store-bought ground beef for tacos and other recipes that call for the meat to be completely cooked, but from now on if I’m making burgers and have the time I’m doing it myself!
I’ve been grinding my own since the mid 1980’s with a #32 hand grinder. That’s when the store bought ground beef NO LONGER tasted right. And, the stores couldn’t explain it. I bought an electric grinder from Northern Tools about 1991-92 and been grinding my beef and making my own sausage since.
A few years ago, it was finally made known about the ‘pink slim’ additive to ground beef which explained the taste change in ground beef. There is a Roadfood an old thread about Pink Slim. I read last year Pink Slim is making a come back so watch the ground beef labels.