Ground beef or minced beef is meat that is produced from finely chopping fresh or frozen beef with a knife or grounding machine. You may add some spices and seasoning but the addition of water, extenders, and binders is discouraged by the United States Department of Agriculture – Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA – FSIS). Although hamburgers or burger patties are often interchanged with ground beef, burger patties are different because they contain more fat and are often mixed with binders and extenders.
Americans widely consume ground beef as it is a common ingredient for hamburger patties, bologna sauces, chili con carne, meatballs, and meat pies.
Ground Beef Trivia
- Ground beef is the most widely consumed meat by Americans.
- In Texas, they go big or go home! Arnolds Burger made a whopping 24-inch burger that could feed 20-30 people. This mammoth masterpiece contains twenty pounds (20 lbs) of raw meat, pressed until it reaches half an inch and is 2 ft across. 40 slices of cheese are added and the burger is lifted using a pizza spatula. The burger is then cut up like a cake for easy serving.