Easy Meat Grinder Recipes

So you’ve bought your first meat grinder and now you’re not sure what to do. You want to grind meat, that much is obvious, but you’re not sure where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

The process might seem a little confusing at first but if you follow these tips, you’ll soon learn all you need to know about meat grinding.

About meat grinding.

The Basics

Meat grinders aren’t that complicated. You assemble the machine, you put the meat in and then you start grinding.

Easy!

By this point you’ve probably noticed that all machines come with different plates and blades. What are these for? Easy! The blades cut the meat and feed it into the plates which determine the texture of your meat; The smaller the holes in your plate, the finer the grind will be.
Meat Grinder - Easy
Don’t worry too much about selecting the right plates right now, practice will teach you with time and, really, it’s all about what kind of meat you want.

Now, while that’s basically all you need to know when grinding meat, there are certain things you can do to make the experience that much easier.

Meat Grinding Tips for Beginners

Meat Grinding Tips for Beginners
Follow these tips to start grinding meat like a pro:

  • Trim it: Meat grinders can get stuck on connective tissue so make sure you trim your meat before you grind it.
  • Keep it cold: Trying to grind warm meat is difficult and messy. It will spill, squirt, smear and come out looking more like puree than anything. It’s not pretty.
    Make sure your meat is cold (but not freezing) before you start grinding it. Some people even go as far as to put their blades and plates in the freezer as well but if you don’t want to, that’s okay as long as you keep that meat cold.
  • Keep an eye on it: No matter what you do, always keep an eye on what you’re doing. This not only reduces risks but it also allows you to tell if your meat is smearing.

How can you tell? Easy, meat should be coming out smoothly and in pieces. If it starts looking too wet and collecting on the plate stop immediately what you’re doing and check for clogged blades. (If you own an electric grinder, remember to unplug it before you do this!)

Remember that, as with every other kitchen appliance, meat grinders need to be properly cleaned after using them. This involves washing your blades, plates and every other part and letting it air dry. Never store the pieces wet.
Minced meat with spices on the wooden table
You want to sharpen your blades at least once a year to make sure they work as they should. A dull blade will smash the meat instead of cutting it and no one wants that. And there you have it, that’s all you need to know before you start grinding meat.

Meat Grinder Recipes

Have you ever used ground meat?

Where did you get it? Who made it? Was it made in a clean place? Do you know what kind of meat went into it? These are the kind of questions you wouldn’t have to worry about when you grind meat at home.

Nowadays, the meat grinder industry is enormous and varied; the meat grinders sold today come with a list of features, accessories and qualities that allow you to prepare ground meat of every type from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Today you can prepare different dishes and recipes with your own hands and if you’re armed with your own meat grinder? You can control just about every aspect of those dishes to better suit your needs!

Here are 3 wonderful recipes that will give you the opportunity to use your best meat grinder.

Miniature Pepper Meatloves

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable juice (preferably spicy)
  • 1 cup minced onion (preferably sweet)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 pounds of ground meat
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1/2 TSP black pepper
  • 1 cup hot pepper relish

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°
  2. Stir together the breadcrumbs, buttermilk and vegetable juice.
  3. Sauté option in olive oil in a medium size skillet until tender
  4. Shape meat into 8 loaves; arrange in a lightly greased wire rack over a foil lined pan or place in mini loaf pan cups.
  5. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until the thermometer marks 155°.
  6. During the last 10 minutes of baking, brush with 1/3 cup of pepper relish.
  7. Remove from oven, let it cool for 5 minutes.

Bacon, Basil and Peach Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 of ground sirloin
  • 2 TBSP chopped jalapeño peppers (preferably pickled)
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 6 thick bacon slices
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup peach chutney
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • Basil leaves.

Steps:

  1. Preheat grill to 400°
  2. Combine the sirloin, the jalapeño peppers (with their juice) an salt. Shape them into patties (6)
  3. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain it on paper towels once cooked.
  4. Sauté the onion until tender and stir in chutney.
  5. Grill patties to taste.
  6. Place patties in buns and top with cheese, chutney, bacon and basil leaves.

Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 TSP black pepper
  • 1 medium sized white onion, sliced.
  • 15 oz roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 oz swiss cheese slices

Steps

  1. Stir together sirloin, egg, pepper and 1 tsp salt.
  2. Shape into patties (6)
  3. Cook patties in large skillet until browned (or to taste).
  4. Remove patties and sauté onion until tender.
  5. Add tomatoes, bullion and 1/2 cup of water to the mix. Stir occasionally and cook until bubbly.
  6. Return patties to skillet and spoon the mixture over the patties.
  7. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for 5 more minutes.
  8. Put cheese slices over every patty; cover and cook until cheese has melted.

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