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Oil for cooking ground beef?

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    Oil for cooking ground beef?

    I see a lot of recipes call for adding oil to the pan when cooking ground beef. I never have, figured the fat in the ground beef was enough for cooking and browning. I usually don't buy the lean stuff. I usually buy 80% for general cooking and 70% for burgers. I just never imagined added oil would be necessary. Should I have been adding oil all this time?

    Crap no. The wolly world stuff leaves BEHIND oil.


      it depends on what i'm cooking on for me. a good non-stick pan or well-seasoned griddle top or cast iron and i'll use little to no oil. crappy old metal pan at a rental ski condo and i'll use a bit more oil so it won't stick before the fat has a chance to render.


        I'll usually put a drop of EVO or vegetable oil about the size of a quarter in the center of the pan when I fry ground beef.
        Helps out until the fats in the meat starts breaking down.


          I never use oil for ground beef. It always has enough fat to not stick. Just don’t cook it on high first, give the fat a few minutes to render.


            10W-30 is what I run in all my ....wait...what?


            • smokin fool
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            • bbqLuv
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              I like the spray non-stick, WD-40.

            Have you had a problem with the GB stickin'? If not, keep on truckin".
            Last edited by RonB; April 10, 2021, 05:22 PM.


            • Mr. Bones
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              Addin an Extry "LIKE", round bout cheer...!!!

            I put a bit oil on the burger, then ground pepper. Especially helpful when cooking on Grill Grates. In a CI, I think it helps with the sear.


              Just a tad to get it started before the fat in the beef begins rendering out


                If I am using 80/20, then I do not add oil.


                  I normally buy the Costco 90/10 1 lb chubs in the frozen section. I add some grape seed oil to it .... 2 tsp per pound, roughly, cause it’s too lean for my taste.


                    Truth be told,:

                    Deepest, Darkest Secret is:

                    Whenever I even begin to cogitate upon fixin to commence to begin even kinda sorta utilizin any kinda my cast iron utensils, there's either gonna be butter, lard, tallow, or bacon grease involved...failure to comply is not a currently viable option, at present.

                    Onliest use I have fer hot dry cast iron is heatin tortillas on my plancha.
                    Last edited by Mr. Bones; April 10, 2021, 08:01 PM.


                    • coolfins
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                      Ya, what he said. What exactly did he say?

                    • ecowper
                      ecowper commented
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                      Cast iron and some sort of fat/oil go together like salt and pepper!

                    • Mr. Bones
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                      I dunno; haveta reckon I couldn't rightly make me out nary a word of it, my danged ol self???
                      Last edited by Mr. Bones; April 10, 2021, 10:17 PM.

                    The only time I add any fat is when I make hamburger stroganoff. The recipe calls for 3T butter to fry the meat and onions in, and it makes a difference in the final product if you don't use it. Other than that, I start in a hot pan and let it stick. those stuck bits are where the flavor is at.


                    • gcdmd
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                      Exactly! When I set out to brown a quantity of loose ground meat (cured or uncured), I make it into a big patty and sear both sides before breaking it up. If the meat is unseasoned I salt both sides (about one teaspoon of salt per pound of meat) and let the patty sit for a while before searing.

                    I usually go low and with a lid on for the first 5 minutes or so. Once the meat begins cooking, I will gently remove the lid, preventing the condensation from dripping back into the skillet and splatter all over the place. I will also add a small amount on my griddle when making smashburgers.



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