Everything You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Burger Patty Blend

Schweid and Sons, specialty purveyors of ground beef, talk beef cuts and burger blends

Everything You Need to Know About the Perfect Burger Blend

We consider ourselves to be authorities on burgers, with our own ideas about buns, condiments, cooking techniques, and more — but one thing we've never paid enough attention to is the makeup of the burger patty itself.  

To rectify this, we reached out Jamie Schweid, president of Schweid & Sons, of Carlstadt, New Jersey — purveyors of quality ground beef and nothing else — because to be a real burger aficionado, it is crucial to understand the characteristics and flavors of the different cuts of beef that can be blended into a burger patty.   

Chuck

Chuck

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Chuck comes from the shoulder of the cow — where pot roasts and stew meat also originate — where a good amount of fat swirls through the meat. This cut is known for its buttery flavor.

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Brisket

The brisket cut comes from the lower half of the beef shoulder, and, as we all know, is famous when smoked. In general, this is a tough cut of meat that needs some time to break down and cook through, but Schweid & Sons tells us that adding a bit of brisket to your burger will make the final product taste more decadent, upping itsy rich flavor. 

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Hanger

Hanger

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Until recently, the hanger steak has been largely overlooked by consumers. In fact, it was commonly known as the “butcher’s steak,” because butchers would keep it for themselves to enjoy instead of selling it to the public. Hanger steak fans praise this cut for its robust flavor, and when mixed with chuck, the strongly flavored hanger will make the burger taste beefier.

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Round

Cuts of round come from the hindquarters of the cow; it is leaner than the shoulder and usually a bit tougher. When ground into burgers, it won’t contribute much to the richness of the burger, but it will make the flavor more pronounced.  

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Short Ribs

Short Ribs

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If you’ve cooked short ribs, which are cut from the top of the rib cage just behind the shoulder, you know that the cut is characterized by connective tissue and fat marbling. When ground into a burger, this translates into richness of flavor.

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Sirloin

The sirloin is made famous by its prime steak cuts. The flavor is intensely beefy and is therefore a popular choice to blend into a burger, as it will greatly intensify the flavor.

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Steaktail

Steaktail, aka the tip of the tenderloin, is soft and delicate, and will refine the taste and texture of the final burger.

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