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Fat Matters: Why Hamburger Fat Ratio is Key to a Delicious Burger

When it comes to ground beef, there are many different options available, from 80/20 to 95/5 and everything in between. One common ratio that you may come across is 90/10, which refers to the percentage of lean meat and fat in ground beef.


Because our ground beef is finished at the 90/10 ratio, we're going to take a closer look at 90/10 hamburger and explore some of its benefits and uses.



What is 90/10 Hamburger?

As mentioned, 90/10 hamburger refers to ground beef that is made up of 90% lean meat and 10% fat. This ratio is considered to be on the leaner side, making it a popular choice for those who are looking for a healthier option without sacrificing flavor.

Benefits of 90/10 Hamburger One of the main benefits of 90/10 hamburger is its lower fat content, which makes it a healthier option compared to higher fat ratios such as 80/20 or 70/30. This can be beneficial for those who are watching their fat intake for health or weight loss reasons. Additionally, 90/10 hamburger is typically lower in calories than higher fat ratios, which can also be helpful for those who are trying to maintain a healthy weight.

The best hamburger/fat ratio for grain finished beef like ours depends on personal preference, but generally, a ratio of 85/15 or 90/10 is a good choice. This ratio provides enough fat to keep the meat juicy and flavorful, while still being relatively lean.

Grain finished beef is beef that has been fed a grain-based diet in the final months of its life, which can help to increase marbling and flavor in the meat. This can result in beef that is naturally more tender and flavorful than grass-fed beef, but will also be higher in fat content.

When selecting a hamburger/fat ratio for grain finished beef, it's important to keep in mind that the fat content can affect the flavor and texture of the meat. A higher fat content, such as 80/20, will be more flavorful and juicy but also higher in calories and saturated fat. We like the 90/10 ratio because it's lean enough to not have to drain away the fat. We always say that the "yum is in the fat"!

Tips for making the perfect hamburger When cooking with 90/10 hamburger, there are a few tips that can help ensure the best results. Here are some things to keep in mind:


The key to making a delicious hamburger is to use high-quality farm fresh ground beef and to pay attention to the fat ratio. Generally, a higher fat ratio is recommended for the juiciest and most flavorful burgers but because our beef are grain finished and marbled our 90/10 ratio works great!


In addition to the fat ratio, it's important to handle the meat gently and avoid overworking it, as this can lead to tough burgers. Seasoning the meat with salt and pepper, and possibly other seasonings such as garlic or onion powder, can also enhance the flavor.


Finally, cooking the burger to the right temperature and allowing it to rest for a few minutes before serving can make all the difference in the final product. Aim for a temperature of 160°F for a fully cooked burger.


Ultimately, the best hamburger/fat ratio for grain finished beef will depend on your personal preferences and dietary needs. While the fat content on our grain finished beef will vary we have found you can't go wrong with either an 85/15 or a 90/10 ratio.


Whether you're making burgers, meatballs, or tacos, our farm fresh burger is a delicious and nutritious choice that can help you maintain a healthy diet while still enjoying your favorite foods.


Special Burger Sauce

  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise

  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup

  • 1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard

  • 1 Tablespoon Pickle Juice (can also add chopped pickles for extra flavor!)

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder

  • Salt/Pepper - to taste

Whisk together mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder. Salt and pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.


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