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.
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.
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.
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)?