Fresh-Ground Brisket Burgers


Even though I was really looking forward to it, I missed the Series 3 premiere of Downton Abbey on January 6th. However, it was scheduled for a repeat airing last Saturday at a later time (10:00 PM) which was perfect because it gave me plenty of time to try out my Kitchen Aid grinder attachment and make Cooking Light’s fresh-ground brisket burgers for dinner. I’m embarrassed to say that I received this grinder attachment as a Christmas gift in 2011. I’m not sure why I waited a whole year to use it, but it was my loss because these fresh-ground brisket burgers were delicious! And, I felt a sense of accomplishment that I was grinding my own meat because, a la Downton Abbey, their meat would have been fresh-ground as well. Although Miss Patmore’s grinder would definitely be a hand-crank as opposed to my electrical one.

Using brisket meat was definitely the right choice for these burgers; even the meat guy at Fox & Obel said so as he had seen the same recommendation on The Cooking Channel. The brisket was tender and only needed a dash of salt and pepper to enhance the flavor. Cooking Light’s recipe suggested passing the brisket through the grinder twice, but I found this to be a bit cumbersome. A lot more of the fat got stuck in the twisty tube the second time around, but maybe this was Cooking Light’s intention. I’ll have to experiment next time with the meat only going through once. Also, be warned that this recipe produces somewhat small burgers, so if you’re thinking you’ll get a nice, big, juicy burger, be prepared to bite into a nice, small, juicy burger.

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deepti
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 12:23:48

    Fresh ground brisket burger looks fantastic. I guess for small mouth like me, this burgers are perfect 🙂 fresh ground are anytime the best and I bet grinder attachments will be used frequently from now on!
    I hope you enjoyed watching series 3 premiere as much as I did!

  2. Mary
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 12:51:05

    Fantastic looking burgers! what a great idea to use ground brisket. Isn’t Dowton Abbey wonderful!
    Mary x

  3. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 12:55:49

    Ha ha ha! Indeed, Mrs. Patmore would grind her own brisket, but I can’t imagine the Crowley’s, and particularly Lady Violet, eating a nice, juicy burger…that would be just TOO American! I would enjoy this very much…if I had a grinder. It looks delish!

  4. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 13:44:24

    Glad your grinder works well–when I got around to trying mine (even more years after getting it than you), I had terrible problems with it jamming and gave up any notions of homemade sausage. Perhaps I just need to consider a different grinder! I am a serious Downton Abbey watcher now too–great way to celebrate the new season!

  5. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 14:00:03

    What an incredibly perfect looking burger!

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. NickkiT
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 16:08:37

    What an amazing looking burger!

  7. Marta @ Co dziś zjem na śniadanie
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 16:26:52

    You just made me a very happy person. I used to love Downton Abbey and missed the premiere as well, as it took them so long to make it. Thank you so much for writing about it. And burgers – look perfect.

  8. cooking varieties
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 16:50:03

    hi dear, i dont get to watch that programme, glad your grinder works very well.
    the burger sure looks very appetizing and no preservatives added.

  9. MarkD60
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 16:58:10

    Oh I so want half a dozen burgers like that right now!

  10. TrafficDiva
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 17:21:03

    BRISKET SLIDERS!!!!! I LOVE IT..LOVE IT…LOVE IT!!!!! I’ll take dozen too!!! YUM!! =)

  11. Hotly Spiced
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 17:42:13

    I’ve never ground my own meat but I don’t have even a hand cranked machine so that’s my excuse. We’re still waiting, waiting, waiting for the season return of Downton Abbey xx

  12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 17:53:21

    Those look great. We always grind our own beef. It really ensures that you get the fat content you want (lean).

  13. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 19:46:26

    Your burgers look delicious:). I need to try out my grinder. I am embarrassed to say how long I have had my grinder.

  14. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 20:14:07

    I bought a pasta attachment and still haven’t used it.. 3 years later:D I think I’d put that grinder to use, though, just sounds so tempting!! xx

  15. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 20:24:59

    Oohh! Fancy! We don’t have a grinder but we are certainly tempted after looking at this!

  16. Jessica
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 20:44:26

    The food looks absolutely delicious!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  17. Natalie
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 21:02:31

    Never even thought about making burgers using brisket, this is why I love reading foodie blogs!! They look fantastic!

  18. andi winslow
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 22:11:22

    Will have to try using brisket. That burger looks very tasty. Have you ever used english muffins instead of hamburg buns? I always use english muffins quess mother started that long ago. Looks so good andi

  19. All You Do Is Eat
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 23:54:23

    Oh my gosh this burger looks amazing!!!

  20. Food,Photography & France
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 02:48:32

    That is a tasty looking burger:)

  21. anita menon
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 03:34:19

    The burger looks delish! never made burgers at home. I should try it sometime.

  22. Cakelaw
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 03:43:48

    Now doesn’t this look good! Love a burger – but as a peculiar Australian habit, I also like sliced beets on my burger. Downton series 3 won’t air here for a while yet – boo.

  23. Alice
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 04:08:29

    Is it small because the meat shrinks a bit? That naturally happens with any homemade burger. I find I have to make mine uncomfortably big then it turns out a normal size…. Even if your embarrassed at your xmas gift, I’m jealous! That’s a great gift!! Especially considering what we pay for ground up premium cuts – now you can buy the good cuts for less and grind them yourself – how great! You can even mix your cuts and get really great combinations of tender meat and juicy or leaner cuts to make interesting blends… Can’t wait to hear about the next time you grind something!

  24. SandraM
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 04:57:21

    I have been wanting to get the meat grinder attachment! I so love the idea of grinding my own meat to make burgers. (especially with the risk of meat recalls) I am going to have to look at attachments again! Glad they turned out. Got any other attachments for your kitchen aid? I was also looking at the ice cream maker attachment.

  25. Katerina
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:27:21

    My son saw this burger and asked me to make it asap lol! Looks delicious!

  26. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 11:01:49

    One word: YUM!

  27. katya kitchen
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 13:02:42

    I´m quite hungry right now and this burger is all I need 🙂

  28. Zoe
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 15:36:41

    You received a grinder attachment for Christmas! – so lucky!

    This burger look great! Nice to know it is a recipe from Cooking light!

  29. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 18:20:33

    I keep hearing great things about Downton Abbey – I need to see it!

  30. vianney
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 18:21:37

    love downtown abbey and with a birsket burger, even better!

  31. Ronda
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 19:54:08

    That looks wonderful.

  32. Constance Ant
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 20:39:01

    oh…healthy looking lil’ burger… om nom nom nom 😀

  33. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 23:27:49

    This looks really good and I love small burgers so I’m IN on this one!

  34. Zen and Genki
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 01:09:44

    My hubs LOVES all things burger, buns and “bite sized” (to him these would be bite sized!)…must bookmark to try for him! Thanks!

  35. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 04:57:34

    I always think of getting the meat grinder attachment, so many things to do with it. Wonderful burgers!

  36. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 05:54:52

    It’s wonderful that you have your own meat grinder. I’m just starting season 2 of Downton — so I’m a little behind, but love it.

  37. francesca
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 07:17:21

    What a treat this burger!! My husband would love it!!

  38. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 08:38:54

    wow, renderred beef fat that will be absorbed by the buns is so delicacy..
    yet so pricey, it cost you 30 minutes in the treatmile

  39. Beth
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 10:27:07

    Your burgers sound great. What a terrific tool to have in your kitchen!

  40. Karen
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 13:58:22

    I’ll definitely have to try brisket for burgers. I don’t have a grinder but my market will grind any of the meat they sell.

  41. Daniela
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 15:33:39

    Mmh,the burger looks fantastic, there is nothing like fresh ground meat to prepare it!
    Now that I read your post, I remember I got a pasta machine some years ago as a birthday present which I never used.
    Will try it out one of these days!

  42. Norma Chang
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 07:54:00

    Home ground meat is the best. Posted a kitchen tip about grounding meat today.

  43. cakewhiz
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 13:25:00

    everyone i know is obsessed with downtown abbey! i really need to start watching it just to see what all the “hoopla” is about…lol!

    meanwhile, your burger looks simple and comforting 🙂

  44. Melolimparfaite
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 15:53:03

    looks fantastic 😉

  45. Tandy
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 23:43:06

    I love grinding my own meat and I shall try brisket next. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  46. atasteofmadess
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 01:45:55

    Wow, this burger looks too good! I have never made a burger before (sadly). I need to make one soon!

  47. kitchen flavours
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 10:13:55

    I would happily devour this for lunch! Looks so good!

  48. Reem | Simply Reem
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 17:58:38

    I have meat grinder but honestly I don’t use much… Lazy me…
    This looks fabulous… Looks soo good!

  49. Balvinder
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 19:23:30

    Its good to have a meat grinder at home. I want one .

  50. Elaine
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 11:26:52

    Brisket is so very tasty and I can imagine how wonderful it was ground and made into sliders! It looks fabulous and perfect to eat while watching Downton Abbey. 🙂

  51. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 00:05:27

    Great looking burger and it’s like a burger ads with the top bun staying attached to the burger. Really cool. Looks delicious too!

  52. sheela sharon
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 21:14:04

    yummy burger & i have been craving for one from along time.

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