Definitely well done. I happen to think it’s very flavorful that way. To each his own, really. Plus, for health reasons, it’s still safer to cook hamburger through. I heard Dr. Lorraine Day on the radio describing how the meat industry views hamburger as 4D meat: dirty, diseased, dying & dead. In other words, they use the worst of the cattle to make hamburger meat. The meat packers other little inside joke is, don’t wash the feces off, let the consumer eat it. So, if you choose to eat raw hamburger, remember what you’re eating in each bite, along with a host of parasites, that will at least be killed if you bother to cook the meat.
Don’t count out having burgers at a steak house. Since a steak house is in the business of knowing their meat [at least if it is a good steakhouse] then you have a good chance of getting a great burger cooked the way you like it. I order a burger at the local chophouse all the time and they’re some of the best burgers I’ve ever had; you do end up paying more for your burger but I rather pay a little extra and get a great burger then save a few bucks on a mediocre burger. The above applies for thick juicy burgers. I actually do also like the thin burger stand burger which always comes medium to well-done but to me it is a different experience; the condiments have more weight so the burger itself is not that important.
I understand eating a burger well, or medium well or even medium if that is how you like the taste, but if safety is a concern, the media has mislead you,making a mountain out of a mole hill to sell news stories.
Is there a safety issue, yes, a small, small, small one.
there are safety issues in:
bear and cougar attacks
I can go on and on and on. Its just stupid.
The chance of getting sick off of burger meat rare or medium rare,WHEN TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE VAST AMOUNT OF GROUND BEEF CONSUMED EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THE UNITED STATES, IS UNBELIEVEBLY SMALL.
The media will throw a number at you but will NEVER put it in percentage terms. 3o,ooo a year sounds way more horrendous that .03%
of the people eating burger!! DOn’t buy into this FOOD NAZI BS and have a burger the way you like it.
There are people that cook their ground steak? I thought everyone put some on a buttered slice of rye bread topped with salt, pepper and onions? Hmm, I’ll have try this new method of preparation.
You’re supposed to cut the horns off?
Heck, just cut the horns off knock the dust off and walk that sucker by the broiler.
If I order a hamburger I order a hamburger. I don’t specify done-ness; it’s just a cotton-pickin’ hamburger, after all. I get specific only about steaks and such.
For me the optimal internal temperature for a burger is 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Charred on the outside and pink going into red on the inside. USDA says this is unsafe, but I do not care. I have been doing this all my life and have never had an ill effect.
I also enjoy "dangerous eggs," solid whites runny yolks. Yum.
For me it is a matter of not living in fear.
I like mine rare to medium rare but I will take it more well done if the place is suspect. When doing my own at home I ONLY use hamburger from my local meat market. Their hamburger is 90% lean. Excellent and very safe meat since they do everything from raising the cows to butchering them and making the meat in house. As for going out, The Four Star across the street from me has no problem making a nice 1/2 pounder meduim rare. To me if a place is not willing to do something less than medium, they arent very confident in the quality of their meat. Culvers always does a good job for me.
Duck?!? I thought we were talking about burgers and waffles!
Coming right up…..Make sure to duck!.. [;)]
I like my burgers and steaks medium, with the burger fully dressed or with worcestershire sauce and sauteed onions, and my hubs likes his medium rare. There are some places, though, that I would not order anything other than well done.
I worked in a place like that in Cocoa Beach, and I laughed at them.
Gimme mine med-rare-med…. with a huge hunk of raw onion on it!
Well done, of course.
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