Using ground grass fed beef on the grill doesn’t mean you are going to have tough burgers, you just need to learn a few techniques. Properly grilling the meat will yield a moist and tasty burger.
Beef finished on grass can be pretty lean sometimes, adding a little extra fat to the mix may be all that is needed for a tender burger. A Paleo Diet should include grass finished meats and they should be a delicacy compared to conventionally raised beef. Preparation is key to bring out the depth of flavor in the meat and very little in the way of spices is needed.
Preheat the grill to Medium-High.
grass fed ground beef
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons per pound of ground beef of frozen beef lard cut into small pieces.
1 tablespoon per pound Worcestershire sauce
Mix the ingredients together. Only mix enough so the fat is evenly distributed (over mixing will toughen the meat). Form into patties. I prefer the patties are not too thick, then they spend less time on the grill reducing the chance they will dry out and become tough.
Very simple. Grill about 3 minutes per side on grill set to medium high. Never push on the patty with the spatula, that will almost guarantee a tough burger. Only flip the burgers once. I like to take them off at about 115 to 120 degrees. Then I let them rest in a covered bow for about 5 minutes.
These are perfect by themselves. My wife likes to make a burger salad. Load up a bowl with all the burger fixings, lettuce, onion, other greens and veggies and put the burger on top. These also go great with my sweet potatoes fries or regular homemade french fries. A big spoonful of bacon mayo, it very tasty on top of these.
I you plan on cooking grass fed meat, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Tender Grassfed Meat: Traditional Ways to Cook Healthy Meat. You will learn so much, it is a great reference for the Paleo Kitchen.
A great guide for grilling meat is Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ. This is not written from a paleo perspective, however, the book is loaded with useful information. How to pick out cuts of meat, tips for tender meat and marinades. There are several recipes that are not going to work for paleo eating – but there is way more useful information packed in this book.