DailyDirt: Better Burgers?

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Grilling up some hamburgers for the summer is a very common event, but some folks have problems with eating beef (or any meat). And some people are turned off by the possibility of eating horse meat in their burgers (though horse meat is consumed regularly in some places). Here are just a few stories on how we might improve burgers or avoid cows in the process. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 16th, 2013 @ 5:05pm

    The lab-grown burger

    Is it vegan if you didn't kill an animal to get the meat? Not that *I* care, but I'd like to see strict vegans eating some lab-grown meat. Vegans, not Vogons... I don't want to hear bad poetry.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 16th, 2013 @ 5:38pm

    I heard the lab grown burger was fluffy like a sponge, and had food coloring added to make it look 'normal'.

    What strikes me as ironic, is the makes of the synthetic burger said their doing it to "prevent inhuman animal conditions", yet they need unborn cow fetuses to extract the stem cells from.

    Personally, I think it's all about the money, and less to do with feeding starving people or helping animals.

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    out_of_the_blue, Aug 16th, 2013 @ 6:20pm

    Mmm, delish! Drudge has up THIS look at this processed food:


    Go tta admit are some strange items in there.

    I've not eaten at McDonalds for at least ten years now.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 16th, 2013 @ 7:08pm


    The high-protein/high-fiber fungus food is a long ways ahead in the laboratory "meat" game.

    Some friends and I did a beer-fueled side-by-side taste test a few years ago, and a Quorn "Chik'n" nugget was pretty much indistinguishable from the equivalent frozen "Chicken" nugget, and notably better than the most similar soy product.

    (And the Quorn "Grounds" are nostalgically similar to the tubs of frozen cooked lean ground beef of my childhood. But I didn't like the frozen meals I tried.)

    Does the meat-ness of the lab-grown stuff matter that much to people? Or is grown-in-a-giant-vat all pretty much the same? I bet for some people, "beef" is acceptable, even in a vat, but "mycoprotein" is not.

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    Bergman (profile), Aug 17th, 2013 @ 12:52am

    Generic protein is ok, but I prefer meat

    Ground kangaroo makes a particularly tasty burger, and allows for hoppy meal jokes.

    IMO, the best meat for hamburgers though, is ground llama. Flavorful like the best sirloin, tender like veal.

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    Rekrul, Aug 17th, 2013 @ 1:03am

    Burger alternatives

    My friend eats turkey burgers and claims you can't tell the difference between them and regular hamburgers. He gave me one once without telling me it was a turkey burger. I noticed right away that it didn't taste right (for a hamburger). I'm not opposed to healthier alternatives. I eat turkey bacon, which tastes similar, although not exactly like real bacon, and turkey sausages, which taste quite a bit like pork sausages to me. I'm sure they add artificial flavoring to them to make them taste more like the real thing. However, with the turkey burgers, it's just ground turkey and it tastes nothing like a real burger.

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    stonedome, Aug 17th, 2013 @ 8:17am

    Re: Burger alternatives

    turkey is a very lean meat...the reason a burger tastes good is because it's juicy and has fat in it! your friend has defected to the other side of the "low fat is good" mantra. skim milk, fake cheese, tofu are in that persons future...sounds delicious?

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    Rekrul, Aug 17th, 2013 @ 11:56am

    Actually, he doesn't use a lot of milk (he puts it in coffee and occasionally has a bowl of cereal with milk), but he refuses to buy anything other than whole milk.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2013 @ 4:25am

    Re: Burger alternatives

    try a turkey burger as a 'turkey burger' and not as a beef replacement burger, you may enjoy to more

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