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What’s A Gal To Do With 20 Pounds of Ground Beef?

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Perhaps the title caused you to wonder, “Why would anyone buy 20 pounds of ground beef at once?”  Well, I have four sons.  They eat like there’s no tomorrow.  I buy in bulk to save money, and because I can often get a higher quality product when I am willing to buy in bulk.  (I bought my meat from Zaycon. Click here to learn more.)  The only problem is repacking the food for long term storage and breaking it up into usable, meal sized portions.

 

Yesterday, I showed you how I use my pressure canner to can some of my huge stash of ground beef.

 

Pressure Canned Ground Beef

Pressure Canned Ground Beef.  See how here.

 

Today, I’m going to show you a super simple way to use ground beef and make life easier in the process, especially for those with teenagers.  What teenager doesn’t like a hamburger?  Yes, I know that there are many vegetarians out there, but most teenagers, boys especially, down burgers like there’s no other food group.  My boys inhale them.  Literally.  Okay, not literally (Sorry Captain Literally!), but it sure seems like it.  If I make hamburgers, they’re gone the second they hit the plate.  If we go to In-N-Out, they want Double-Doubles.  (Or Triple-Triples, Four-by-Fours.  You get the picture.)

 

To help fill the tummies of my boys, I made some homemade hamburger patties and stuck them in the freezer for quick, easy meals.  It took me less than 10 minutes to prep the patties and put them in the freezer for another day.  These frozen hamburger patties will help keep the teenage hungries away, at least for a little bit.  They also make a quick and easy meal for the family on busy nights.  I can have the food on the table within 10 minutes (including making a salad or another veggie to go with dinner).

 

First up, here’s the recipe.

 

 

Cooked hamburger patties in a hamburger bun.

Cooked hamburger patties in a hamburger bun.

 

 

Hamburger Patties

 

2 pounds lean ground beef (I used 93/7)

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning (or seasoning of choice)

 

Mix salt and steak seasoning into the ground beef.  Form into 8 equal sized balls.  Take one ball and put it on a piece of parchment or wax paper.  Fold paper over the ball and use the back of a plate to press the patty flat.  Repeat until all balls are formed into patties.  Place patties in a ziplock bag and put in your freezer.  Pull them out as needed, cook, and serve.

 

 

Here’s my photo step-by-step.

 

I started by gathering my ingredients together.  Please note that I doubled the recipe and am using 4 pounds of lean ground beef.

I started by gathering my ingredients together. Please note that I doubled the recipe and am using 4 pounds of lean ground beef.

 

I put the beef in a bowl and added the salt and steak seasoning.

I put the beef in a bowl and added the salt and steak seasoning.

 

I find that mixing the meat by hand better distributes the seasoning throughout the meat.

I find that mixing the meat by hand better distributes the seasoning throughout the meat.  While I was doing this, my son was cutting sheets of parchment paper.

 

I divided the meat (remember I'm working with 4 pounds) into 16 relatively equal balls.

I divided the meat (remember I’m working with 4 pounds) into 16 relatively equal balls.

 

To form the balls into patties, I put one ball on a piece of parchment paper.

To form the balls into patties, I put one ball on a piece of parchment paper.

 

Next, I folded the paper over the ball.

Next, I folded the paper over the ball.

 

Next, using a large plate, I pressed down evenly on the ball in the parchment paper.

Next, using a large plate, I pressed down evenly on the ball in the parchment paper.

 

See?  The patty is ready!

See? The patty is ready!

 

Because I had so many hamburger patties, I used a 2-gallon zip-lock bag.  I pressed out the excess air, sealed the bag, and stuck it in my freezer.

Because I had so many hamburger patties, I used a 2-gallon zip-lock bag. I pressed out the excess air, sealed the bag, and stuck it in my freezer.

 

Yesterday, my youngest wanted a burger for lunch, so I pulled it one of the patties out of the freezer and preheated a non-stick skillet.

Yesterday, my youngest wanted a burger for lunch, so I pulled it one of the patties out of the freezer and preheated a non-stick skillet.

 

I put the patty in the preheated skillet and put a lid on the pan to allow the patty to cook evenly.

I put the patty in the preheated skillet and put a lid on the pan to allow the patty to cook evenly.

 

When it was ready, I flipped the patty, so it could cook on the other side.

When it was ready, I flipped the patty, so it could cook on the other side.

 

Within 5 minutes of pulling the hamburger patty from the freezer, my son was eating it!  Now, that's fast food!

Within 5 minutes of pulling the hamburger patty from the freezer, my son was eating it! Now, that’s fast food!

Have you ever made freezer meals to make your life easier? 

Think you might want to try this with ground beef (or the meat of your choice)?

 

 

 

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

13 thoughts on “What’s A Gal To Do With 20 Pounds of Ground Beef?

  1. Take some steak sauce and mix it in your hamburger before you grill them. It works out pretty good.

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  2. I buy my ground turkey in bulk (It’s like 3 lbs), and come home and dice a bell pepper, an onion, grate a carrot or two and some garlic, then mix it all together and it makes four portions to freeze. Sometimes I have one of those portions and go back and add an egg and some bread crumbs/smashed crackers/stuffing mix (which ever I have on hand) and then turn them into hamburger patties for future use. I love adding the veggies, which I would always add anyway, it helps “bulk” up the food and as the mother of a teenage boy, he knows that I have to get veggies in him anyway possible. 🙂

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  3. Great idea. I should preform some patties when I process Venison later this year. I usually just package everything in 1 lb packages.

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  4. I am always making freezer meals. Sometimes it’s because I buy in bulk or near shelf life and I have to, other times it’s because it saves time when I get in from work or just because I hate waste. Burgers and meatballs are good staples to freeze and make meals from.

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  5. Great tip for using the plate and parchment paper to form the patties!

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  6. lol..I had one son ( I know I mention this to you often) and I am amazed how well you food manage 4 boys! Yes they do inhale literly- I have seen it live-lol:-) Since my son was the only boy ( he had sisters), so I had all his friends + he played sports so that often meant a BUNCH of boys for dinner. I wish I had your blog in those days, boy I could of learned a lot from you!!! Now I am an empty nester my youngest ( the boy) moved out this summer for graduate school, so we have a smaller fridge now -lol. But when he returns my grocery bill almost doubles! I really admire your ability to make it work + feed those inhaling boys-lol

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  7. oops…literally! My suffix was missing!!!

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  8. I love freezing hamburgers ready to go. I use my Tupperware Hamburger Press and Keepers to make a consistant size and improve freshness. I am adding some southwest seasoning to my next batch!

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  9. I love the idea of buy food in bulk. It’s convinient for today life, especially with who work in offices. Thanks for your recipe 🙂

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  10. This looks delicious!! 🙂

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  11. Great idea! We are blessed with about 20-30 2lb packs of ground beef at a time (along with steaks and roasts), because we have cattle and getting one butchered gives us a lot of meat. I think this is a fantastic idea! I’ve done it once or twice, and now is the time to stock up for summer barbeques! Our meat comes frozen from the processing facility, but it wouldn’t take too much to thaw it and then make patties and refreeze it. And my 5 year old son’s favorite food is already burgers! 🙂

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